It was 2011 when Samsung revolutionized the phone market with the original Galaxy Note. And overnight, the mobiles changed forever. Initially ridiculed by its then huge screen of 5.3 inches, this phone created a whole category for himself (that of the phablets) and recovered to surprise of own and strangers the reviled stylus, which had been banished with the disappearance of the PDAs. Seven years later Samsung returns to the fray with its best Note to date.
The new Galaxy Note 9, which ends up being presented at a lavish event held in New York, aims to be a device open to the professional public, but also to fans of mobile photography and even video games. For this, it will make use of sensational hardware, but also reviews key aspects of the device such as the S Pen.
More power and autonomy
The more power, the higher the energy consumption. And if a larger screen is added, the need to introduce a high-capacity battery to cope with day-to-day demands is even more pressing. For this reason, Samsung has decided to provide the Galaxy Note 9 with a battery higher performance than usual. In total there will be 4,000 mAh to spend all day playing with the mobile, which with a screen of 6.4 inches and 2960 x 1440 pixels is the largest Note to date.
This huge surface has HDR support to enjoy the most advanced content and is manufactured using Super OLED technology, so it has an outstanding contrast and absolute black. Beyond leisure, it also allows the Galaxy Note 9 to unleash its full potential, and it should be remembered that this phone is especially prized by professionals for its ability to take handwritten notes and draw diagrams intuitively using the S Pen.
Samsung has equipped its new flagship with an advanced eight-core processor, so Android 8.1 (which will be upgradeable to Android 9) should go smoothly. It is very curious that there will be two RAM configurations since Samsung will sell the phone in variants with 6 and 8 GB of system memory. From the outset, Spain will remain the most advanced, since it has always been considered a very high-end telephone aimed at a particularly demanding public.
Something similar happens with the storage capacity, which may be 128 GB or 512 GB. The confirmed version for Spain is the second. In this way the phone will have no less than half a Terabyte of storage for applications and multimedia content, and that the ability to capture 4K of their cameras could put some users in trouble. As usual, microSD cards can also be used.
Also say for the most vicious that Samsung has reached an agreement with Epic, the famous American studio known for the video game Fortnite. Its long-awaited mobile version will enter beta this week, and owners of a Galaxy device (including the Galaxy Note 9) will be able to enjoy its download before the rest. The software exclusives jump well from the world of consoles to reach the telephone market.
Finally, we can point out two other remarkable features of this brand new terminal: water resistance with IP68 level and speakers tuned by the specialist AKG that make this Note the most sonorous to date.
The best camera is ever seen in a Note
If we have to talk about mobile photography, Samsung has very few rivals within the Android landscape. The South Korean company began to bet strongly on the cameras with the development of its own sensors several years ago, and the Galaxy Note 9 treasures its latest advances in terms of static image and video capture. And with that screen, we are in front of a mobile that invites us to boast of photos.
The rear camera of the Galaxy Note 9 uses the increasingly usual double sensor configuration, albeit with its own spin. With a total of 12 megapixels, it uses a sensor with an aperture of f2.4 and another one of f.15, so that it can adjust with great precision the amount of light of each photograph and combine with software several photographs to provide HDR effects improved at night.
It is not the only interesting benefit. Samsung, which also aspires to be a leading firm in artificial intelligence, has equipped its camera with a specialized processing software to detect the presence of fingerprints and dirt on the lenses, warning you when a photo can be blurred due to a dedazo. Moreover, it can also alert you if you notice that someone has blinked in a group photo.
The Galaxy Note 9 camera software also incorporates artificial intelligence processing to identify scenes and improve them as much as possible. In this way the photos you take will always be calibrated on the fly and without touching the manual parameters, since the phone itself will be responsible for detecting if you want to photograph your pet with a hamburger, taking care to mark the most appropriate setting to adjust brightness and contrast automatically.
The camera application, in any case, has a secret weapon. And this was not expected by anyone.
The pen is now a remote control
Just as the S Pen has accompanied the Galaxy Note since its inception, this practical accessory has not evolved much beyond providing more and more sensitivity to achieve a few strokes close to those of a real pencil. With the Galaxy Note 9, it also gains remote control functions.
As you read: the new S Pen allows you to control your mobile remotely. This is possible thanks to the integration of Bluetooth technology inside, which will allow us to take pictures by pressing a button (much more practical than putting a countdown if we want to leave the mobile out of reach), but also control YouTube without touching the screen and even pass the presentations of a PowerPoint file.
To achieve all this the S Pen now has its own battery, which is charged in a matter of seconds by simply keeping the pen inside the phone. It is also possible to use it to draw and launch applications without having to load it, exactly as with any previous Galaxy Note. This is an extremely interesting feature, considering that the Note 9 will be able to connect to projectors and monitors using a USB-C to HDMI adapter (and without a DeX expansion base, as it was up to now), making it practically a Pocket PC.
It should be noted that Samsung will open the functions of its new Pen S Pen to all interested developers. With this measure, the company expects more and more applications to support its remote control functions, which in turn should result in greater playful and productive potential.
Available on August 24 at El Corte Inglés
Although the presentation event of the Galaxy Note 9 has taken place in New York, the evening could also be followed live from El Corte Inglés de Callao. Samsung prepared a special event to provide the first advance to local media, also providing the first details related to the availability of this desired device.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 can already be purchased at El Corte Inglés. Initially, the chosen version for Spain will be the model with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, which will have a price of 1,259 euros. The 128 GB model will be added soon after, for 1,009 euros. You will be accompanied by a high-quality headset and you will have early access to Fortnite.
Next to it will be launched the new version of Galaxy Watch, more elegant, endowed with LTE connectivity and with a huge autonomy of 80 hours. Soon we will talk in more detail about this new gadget that will delight the lovers of smartwatches.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
On sale from 1,009 euros, the Galaxy Note 9 is the most powerful phone ever designed to work. Its improved S Pen makes it possible to take notes as easily as with a notebook, while its new Exynos processor provides maximum performance with all kinds of applications. Buy it now and benefit from a discount of 100 euros when you deliver your old smartphone.