Samsung Galaxy Note9 Hands-On Preview

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Hands-On Preview - We have a look at the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note9 and see what the dual cameras have to offer.

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Camera Phones

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The Samsung Galaxy Note9 sits at the very top of the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones, and has not only the best hardware, but also the latest software. There’s a 6.4inch screen, a 4000mAh battery, plenty of ram and storage, and the fastest Qualcomm processor currently available. The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is available for pre-order priced at £899 sim-free for the 128GB version, or £1099 for the 512GB version.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Features

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The Samsung Galaxy Note9 features the same dual-camera setup as the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, with a wide-angle 12mp f/1.5-2.4 lens, and a 2x telephoto f/2.4 lens, both with OIS (Optical Image Stablisation). However, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 benefits from the latest software, which includes “Artificial Intelligence”, detecting the scene, as well as letting you know if there are any problems with the photo(s) you’ve just taken.

These settings can be switched on and off:

  • Scene optimiser – adjusts colour, contrast etc to match the subject.
  • Flaw detection – notifies you if someone blinks or looks blurry. It will also notify you if there are smudges on the camera lens.

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There’s a Pro mode so you can manually adjust settings, including the ISO, aperture, shutter, AF, WB and exposure, as well as shoot raw.

There’s a live-focus mode so you can create bokeh or background blur in photos. An LED flash will help in low-light.

The camera is fast to focus, using phase-detection focus, and everything was quick and responsive. Samsung say the Note9 CPU is 53% faster than the Note8, with an improved GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) as well. 

The camera records 4K UHD video at 60fps, and super slow-motion is available.

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The selfie camera is an 8mp f/1.7 camera, with auto-focus. You can create background blur, as well as adjust beauty settings.

The S-Pen features Bluetooth, and using the button on the pen, you can take photos, or switch from the front to rear camera (but double pressing the button). The pressure sensitive pen is certainly appealing, and it will be interesting to spend more time with the smartphone to see if it makes it suitable for editing photos.

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The 6.4inch screen is large, and very clear, with a high-resolution display. Taking photos with such a large screen gives you a very good view helping with composition. It also makes it easier to change settings when needed.

On the bottom of the phone you’ll find a USB-C connection, a headphone socket, speaker, microphone, and the S-Pen socket. When the pen is in the phone, you press the end in, and it will pop-up giving you the ability to pull the pen out.

The black phone features a black pen, the lavender purple phone has a matching purple pen, and the ocean blue phone has a bright yellow pen.

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The top of the phone features a sim card / microSD tray, and you can upgrade the phone with a 512GB microSD card if you want. There is a 128GB and 512GB phone available, so you could have up to 1TB storage! The phone has 6GB of RAM with the 128GB version, and 8GB RAM with the 512GB version.

The volume control is on the left, and underneath this is Samsung’s Bixby button, which brings up the Bixby assistant. On the right hand side is the power and unlock button.

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The rear features a fingerprint sensor, underneath the cameras. Next to the cameras there are a number of sensors, which can be used for health monitoring, including a heartbeat monitor.

Face detection is another way you can unlock the phone. Have a look at more photos of the phone in use below.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Photos of Equipment

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