Samsung has launched the latest update to its Galaxy Note series by unveiling the Note 9 smartphone. And it comes with a pretty big surprise — a mammoth 1TB of storage space that even dwarfs some laptops on the market.
The Galaxy Note 9 is the first mainstream smartphone on the market to offer 1TB of storage. However, the phone only offers 512GB storage onboard. You will have to add in a 512GB microSD card to take the storage space up to 1TB.
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But as with all smartphones, a certain portion of the storage will be assigned to the default apps and system data. As such, users won’t have access to the full 1TB when they first start using the phone. And this is nothing to be disappointed about since the mammoth storage on offer should be good enough for almost everyone who uses the phone.
The 512GB onboard storage is only available in the higher end version of the phone. The entry-level model comes with 128GB onboard storage. However, it will retain the option to add in a 512GB microSD card.
The phone features a 6.4 inch Quad HD+ AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2960 X 1440 and 516ppi. By default, the display will only output at full HD resolution. Users can change the display to Quad HD + by changing the settings.
Note 9 uses a 10 nanometer 64-bit Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz + 1.7 GHz) and has got a Mali-G72 MP18 GPU onboard. The entry-level phone comes with 6GB internal memory while the higher model comes with 8GB memory. These specs will be good enough to easily run multiple applications and games without a glitch or experiencing too much lag.
Regarding the camera, the phone is equipped with a dual 12MP rear setup that boasts the ability to record Super Slow Mo videos and it has dual-aperture technology built in. The phone offers 2X optical zoom and 10X digital zoom. There is also a front-facing 8MP camera. In addition, the AR emoji should do the trick of enabling some great avatar customizations.
It also sports a 4000mAh battery that should provide enough juice to run the device all day long without much trouble. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be released on August 24, with the 128GB/6GB version costing around US$1,000. The 512GB/8GB higher variant will cost nearly US$1,250, which will make Note 9 the most expensive smartphone launched by Samsung.
In a very surprising development that has left every smartphone expert scratching their heads, the Galaxy Note 9 comes with thicker bezels than its predecessor Note 8. And it is a pretty odd choice given that it goes against the current trend of manufacturing phones with the thinnest possible bezels. Some companies are also trying to get rid of the bezels altogether.
Watch the following review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9:
Samsung has released no official reason as to why thicker bezels were necessary on the newer model. Whether it was a conscious design choice or an unavoidable decision is not known. However, given the pure power of the device, most consumers will overlook the tiny width increase in the bezels. But for customers who are obsessed with owning extremely thin or bezel-less phones, Samsung’s design choice might make the Note 9 undesirable.