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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 371 reviews of Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and battery. The camera and performance are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the portability. There are some critical opinions about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Cherlynn Low (

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: A better Note for most of us


Samsung continues its nearly spotless history of delivering excellent big-screen phones with the Note 9. It offers powerful performance, a long-lasting battery and a brilliant display. Its cameras aren't the best in class, but they still take great...

Useful new S Pen features Excellent performance Big and bright display Good battery life Capable cameras

Ships with outdated Android Oreo Bixby is wack

The Note 9 is a satisfying update that will please power users, and with its new S Pen features, it even has the potential to appeal to a more mainstream audience. Samsung only needs to iron out a few quirks (I'm looking at you, Bixby) and push out its...

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Julian Chokkattu (

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on review


From water cooling to a supercapacitor, the Galaxy Note 9 overflows with tech

Beautiful, large screen Massive battery; A.I. Scene Optimizer is promising; Strong performance; S Pen offers remote control.

Expensive; Bixby still exists; No Android 9.0 Pie.

From afar, the new Galaxy Note 9 may feel like a miniscule upgrade over its predecessor, but the sum of its parts make it a killer phone. Is it inspiring like the iPhone X? No. Does it have the most recent version of Android? No. But it’s still a damn...

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Jessica Dolcourt (

Galaxy Note 9: One of the year's best phones still isn't a must-buy


The Note 9 is a terrific phone, but Samsung is clearly holding back for 2019.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a big, beautiful phone with top-tier specs including a massive battery and internal storage that starts at 128GB. The new S Pen doubles as a wireless remote for taking long-distance selfies.

It's expensive and offers few real innovations over last year's Note 8. The fingerprint reader is uncomfortably close to the camera.

The ultrapricey Note 9 is one of the year's best phones. But unless you're in dire need of an upgrade, the smart move is to wait for what the next iPhone, Pixel and even Galaxy S10 bring.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Michael Simon (

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: The best never felt so bland


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has the most storage and RAM, and best screen that you can get in a phone. So why doesn't it feel more exciting?

Great screen, great specs, great camera ; S Pen has some cool new tricks. ; Giant battery means it'll last through most days.

It's expensive. ; It still runs Android Oreo and probably will for a while. ; Bixby isn't as good as Google Assistant and you can't turn off the button any more.

Samsung isn’t just selling you a phone for $1,000, it’s selling you a do-it-all machine. It’s not a stretch to say the Note 9 is the most powerful and capable Android phone ever made. But all that power comes at a price, both literally and figuratively.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: more, more, more


The most of everything, including price

Gorgeous, vibrant, bright, big display ; Fast performance ; True all-day battery life ; Lots of storage, even in the base model

High price tag ; Large, unwieldy size ; Duplicate apps and extra features that don’t add much value

For the Note 9 to make sense, you need to want more than just “more,” you need to want the most. And having the most will cost you the most.

Aug, 2018

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (

Samsung Galaxy Note 9


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is an attractive pen-enabled phablet with a fast processor, a terrific modem, and a huge battery.

Big battery. Lots of storage. Excellent S Pen stylus. Class-leading processor and modem.

Expensive. Heavy.

Old Galaxy Note owners, it's time to put those failing, ancient phones down and pick up this beauty, with its all-day battery. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the ultimate productivity phone right now, a gorgeous beast of a phablet that lets you sign...

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : JESSICA DOLCOURT (

Galaxy Note 9 ongoing review: The good and bad so far


Samsung's $1,000 phone comes with an AI camera, giant battery and 128GB of onboard storage.

Battery life appears strong in real-world testing, but it's too soon for a final determination (see below) The S Pen stylus' new Bluetooth features work as advertised As a natural note-taker, I love being able to jot things down Yep, I still love the...

At times, the screen isn't responsive to my taps, both with the S Pen and with my finger; I've reached out to Samsung and don't know yet if this is an isolated issue with my particular review unit The fingerprint reader is too close to the camera...

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Michael Simon Brad Chacos (

The Galaxy Note 9 leaks early in Samsung preorder page and launch video


Here's everything we know (and think we know) about the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung's next flagship phone.

Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Note 9 will be announced at an even in New York on August 9. That’s earlier than last year’s Note 8 launch, which was unveiled on August 23. That should mean it will go on sale near the end of August based on...

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Andrei Frumusanu (

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Performance & Battery Showdown: Snapdragon vs Exynos


The Note9's been has been out for several months now, but unfortunately we never really did get to reviewing the phone. A big question from a lot of our community members that kept coming up is whether we'd redo testing of the Snapdragon vs Exynos...

Samsung as a whole needs to decide where they want to go forward with this dual-sourcing strategy as I currently see it as a lose-lose situation for both the smartphone division as well as their chipset business. Hopefully the Exynos 9820 manages to be...

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : JC Torres (

Galaxy Note 9 Samsung DeX Review: Limited freedom


By now, Samsung DeX is almost two years old. For a very niche feature that comes from a company that has a tendency to abandon niche features, that's quite that's quite an achievement. But Samsung is hardly the only one in this phone-as-a-desktop...

Nov, 2018

Product Specifications


Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:3.5


Battery Capacity:3500 / 4000
Browsing time (3G):12 / 14
Browsing time (4G):13 / 16
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):1.7 / 14 / 17
Continuous audio playback time:112 / 59
Continuous audio playback time (display off):95
Continuous video playback time:20
Talk time (3G):14 / 23 / 29
Wireless charging:Y

Call Management

Call blocking:Y
Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating alert:Y
Voice dialing:Y


3D recording:Y
Auto focus:Y
Digital Zoom:10
Face detection:Y
Flash Type:LED
Front camera:Y
Front camera aperture number:1.7 / 1.9
Front camera resolution (numeric):16 / 8
Image Stabilizer:Y
Maximum frame rate:30 / 960
Night mode:Y
Optical Zoom:2
Rear camera aperture number:1.5 / 1.7 / 2.4
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 16
Rear camera type:Dual camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps / 1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@30fps
Second rear camera aperture number:1.9 / 2.4
Second rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 5
Smile detection:Y
Video capture resolution (max):3840 x 2160
Video recording:Y
Video recording modes:1080p / 720p,1080p,2160p
Zoom capability:Y


Body SAR (EU):1.509
Head SAR (EU):0.381
Head SAR category (EU):A
Specific absorption rate (SAR) value (EU):0.381


Color name:Black Midnight / Lavender Purple / Metallic Copper / Midnight Black / Ocean Blue
Color of product:Black / Blue / Purple
Fingerprint reader:Y
Form Factor:Bar / Clamshell
International Protection (IP) code:IP68
Product color:Black / Blue / Brown, Copper / Copper / Gold / Lavender / Purple / Violet
Product type:Notebook
Protection features:Dust resistant / Dust resistant, Splash proof, Water resistant / Dust resistant,Splash proof,Water resistant


Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 18.5:9 / 18:9
Display Diagonal:6 / 6.4
Display number of colors:16 million colours
Display Resolution:1480 x 720 / 2960 x 1440
Display surface:Matt
Display Type:SAMOLED
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight:Y
Orientation sensor:Y
Pixel density:516
Screen shape:Curved edge screen / Flat
Touch technology:Multi-Touch / Single-touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive


Ambient light sensor:Y
Face recognition:Y
Magnetic sensor:Y
Pressure sensor:N / Y
Proximity sensor:N / Y


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:8
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:64
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x3E9B
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® UHD Graphics 630
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.5


Numeric keypad:Y
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y


Internal memory:8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Memory clock speed:2666


Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y


Audio system:Dolby Atmos
FM radio:N
Playback Modes:Zoom
Speakers manufacturer:AKG
Supported video modes:1080p,2160p
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV / 3G2,3GP,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV


Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y
Electronic compass:Y
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
3G bands supported:850,900,1800,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
4G bands supported:700,800,850,2100,2600 / 700,800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2300,2600 / 700,800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,2100,2300,2600
4G standard:LTE
Antenna Type:2x2
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:4.2 / 5.0
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Near Field Communication (NFC):N / Y
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Hybrid Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card hot swapping:Y
SIM card type:MicroSIM / NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y
Top Wi-Fi standard:Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a,Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac),802.11b,802.11g,Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Other Features

Google applications:Gmail,Google Calendar,Google Play / Gmail,Google Chrome,Google Drive,Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube / Google Chrome,Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB / USB Type-C
Headset included:Y
Interface adapters included:Micro USB-B male - USB Type-C female,USB Type-C male - USB Type-A female
Quick start guide:Y
Stylus included:Y
Warranty card:Y


Accuracy pen:0.0276
Pen included:Y
Pen number of buttons:1
Pressure levels:4096


Flight mode:Y
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock,Calculator,Calendar / Alarm clock,Calculator,Calendar,Notes,To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons,Menu,Shortcuts
Quick charge:Y
Support for contact groups:Y
USB On-The-Go support:Y
Video call:Y
Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y

Ports & interfaces

ANT+ enabled:Y
Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DisplayPort version:1.4
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:2.0b
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N / Y
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:3
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB / USB Type-A / USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0


AC adapter power:230


64-bit computing:Y
Bus type:DMI
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.7
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:4.10
Processor cache:9
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Coffee Lake
Processor cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Samsung Exynos
Processor frequency:1.8 / 2.7
Processor lithography:10
Processor model:i7-8750H
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor socket:BGA 1440
Processor threads:12
System bus rate:8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Processor ARK ID:134906
Processor code:SR3YY
Processor package size:42 x 28
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y


Cable lock slot:Y
Cable lock slot type:Kensington


Operating system installed:Android 8.1 / N


Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:128 / 32 / 512 / 64
Maximum memory card size:512
Number of SSDs installed:1
RAM capacity:3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Solid-state drive capacity:512
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:512
USB mass storage:Y
User memory:21.4 / 463.6 / 51.2


Subscription type:No subscription

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.323 / 0.346 / 6.27
Height:0.323 / 6.27 / 6.37
Height (front):0.98
Height (rear):1.04
Pen weight:0.109
Weight:6.24 / 7.09
Width:2.98 / 3.01