The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is coming, but early hands-on impressions spoil some surprises for the much-anticipated Android smartphone. In a few weeks, there will be an official debut in New York City.
Now is Mobile Review's infamous Elder Murtazine, which spills some early details. He says he had the opportunity to try a 9 rating before the official revelation and – in Russian – shared a few insights (though unfortunately no photos).
According to Murtazin, we should not expect any dramatic changes in styling compared to Grade 8. In fact, the Galaxy Note 9 looks very similar on the front and back. Samsung has apparently moved the fingerprint sensor on the back of its ergonomic stubborn position next to the dual cameras to a more accessible location below them. This is something we have seen and welcomed on the Galaxy S9 and S9 +, and suggests that Samsung really hears user feedback.
However, what you might notice is the weight – and how long you can go between charges. Note 9 apparently uses a larger battery of 4,000 mAh, resulting in perceptible weight gain; it is considerably larger than the 3.300 mAh Note 8. Since Samsung squeezed 3.500 mAh into the Galaxy S9 +, it may come as no surprise that it felt the need to increase its game for its phone. Expect about 23-25 hours of video with the Super AMOLED at maximum brightness, apparently.
Like the Galaxy S9 and S9 +, Samsung uses its dual aperture camera technology. As we saw earlier this year, the lens physically shifts the lens between two different focal lengths. Samsung's argument is that you make more sense when shooting with low light, while the other is preferable to everyday scenes.
Murtazin points out that optical image stabilization has also improved, although we will have to wait without camera shots. What we do not get is a three-camera configuration, unlike the Huawei P20 Pro. This was apparently transferred to the smartphone model range of Samsung 2019.
Then there's the S Pen. All the evidence suggests that Samsung is focusing on the Note 9 pen, not least because the Galaxy S-Series is one of the few remaining distinguishing features. As we said recently, Bluetooth is now on board, though it's used here for what Murtazin describes as "working modes," such as releasing the 9 note with the stylus. The details are pretty meager there, so we'll have to wait and see to see exactly how Samsung is using the technology.
We do not have to wait long. Samsung has already confirmed that there will be an event in New York City on August 9th. The S Pen teasers leave little doubt that the Galaxy Note 9 will be in focus. We will bring you everything new from this great start, rest assured.