Everything You Need to Know About the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

By Tom Pritchard on at

Today is the day Samsung gets to confirm all the rumours and leaks, showing us the Galaxy Note 9 at the Galaxy Unpacked Event. The company has just unveiled the phone on stage in New York, and here's everything you need to know about "the world's most powerful mobile device"

Remember all those leaks? They are all completely accurate from the looks of things. The key points are that it has a 6.4-inch end-to-end Infinity Display, with the curved Edge display from the looks of things.

Samsung's also promising that the Note 9 is designed to make sure it lasts. That means an all-day battery, which is confirmed to pack 4,000 mAh of juice inside, alongside 128GB and 512GB variants. No 256GB this time, from the looks of things, but it was also revealed that the 128GB model has 6GB of RAM while the 512GB comes with a monstrous 8GB. As ever there's microSD support for cards up to 512GB in size, meaning you can have up to 1TB of storage if you buy the bigger variant.

Power and speed is also key, so the phone comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 and promises to run at peak speeds even after prolonged usage. Samsung promises the processor is 33 per cent faster than what came before.

That power also means there's a strong gaming focus, which is why Samsung Galaxy devices are getting early access to Epic Games' Fortnite - ahead of other Android devices.

As for the camera we're getting the same horizontal dual camera layout as the Note 9, albeit with a fingerprint scanner below the lenses. As with the S9 it has the variable dual-aperture system (f/1.5 and f/2.4) designed to mimic the human eye, a 2x optical zoom on the secondary lens, and a dual-pixel sensor for super slow-mo video recording.

Samsung's going big on intelligent systems and AI too, much like every other big-name phone company, and has added intelligent systems to the main camera. It can detect if someone screws up your picture, and notifies you so you can have another go. Like the S9's Bixby Camera it's also capable of detecting what's in frame and altering the settings accordingly, though it's currently restricted to 20 different objects - which isn't all that many.

As rumoured the S-Pen is Bluetooth-enabled with a button that can be used to activate the camera shutter. But that's not all. The S-Pen button can also be used to pause and play media, and control presentations. Samsung showcased this last one on stage in real time, showing us that there's no limit to the size of the presentation itself. Apparently the S-Pen button is restricted to first party apps and select partners at launch, but more stuff is apparently on the way in the form of a public SDK for app developers.

The S-Pen can be recharges in the phone, with 30 seconds of charging offering 30 minutes of charge. Fortunately the battery isn't needed for the typical stylus features that classic Galaxy Note users will be used to.

DeX is also on the cards, but instead of needing a separate dock the Note 9 can offer the DeX experience right out of the box. All you need to do is plug it in with an HDMI adaptor. Unfortunately this needs to be one of Samsung's special dongles, rather than any old adaptor you can purchase online. There's no word on UK pricing, but those dongles are $50 (£39) in the States.

Unlike old DeX phones, however, plugging the Note 9 into a display doesn't prevent you from using the phone as a phone. It still has all the same features as before from the looks of things, like using the phone as a touchpad for the big screen, in case you liked those. Samsung even took the opportunity to tell us that DeX also works with the new Tab S4, just in case the Note 9 is too small, making the recently announced tablet a more productive device.

Other features include fast wireless charging, IP68 water and dust resistance, Knox security, fingerprint and iris scanners, plus Bixby. Yay Bixby, you're not useless at all.

Colour-wise there's Oceaon Blue, Lavender Purple, Black, and Copper, but only Black, Blue, and Purple will be coming to the UK. Pre-orders are open now, ready for a 24th August release, with the 128GB model costing £899 and the 512GB costing £1,099.