The Galaxy Note9 is the latest generation in Samsung's stylus-friendly smartphone series, and it boasts an evolved S Pen, new DeX capabilities and monstrous storage options. Following the release of the Galaxy Tab S4, the Note9 is the latest step from Samsung to integrate business and personal features into one device.
The Note9 comes in two remarkably large storage options: 128GB and 512GB. The 128GB model is available for $999.99, while the 512GB Note9 will cost you $1,249.99. These editions will come with Android Oreo 8, with a potential upgrade to Android Pie 9 slated for the next few months. The pricing is on par with other top-shelf smartphones on the market today, but the Note9's stylus and integration with DeX makes it an intriguing option for business owners on the go.
The Note9 supports fast charging and comes packed with a 4,000-mAh battery. The Galaxy S9+, which the company released a few months ago, sports a 3,500-mAh battery. Our sister site Tom's Guide tested the S9+ and found the device can withstand 11 hours of LTE browsing on a single charge. Official battery times haven't been released yet, but if the Note9 sports a bigger battery than the S9+, it should carry enough power to get you through the workday.
This device also has standard biometric security options, including facial recognition, iris scanning and fingerprint scanning technology. It comes with Knox 3.1, the latest version of Samsung's "defense-level" security offering. The Note9 also has an intelligent camera, which can identify what you're shooting and provide feedback on errors such as blurriness, closed eyes or smudges on the lenses.
Evolved S Pen
One of the biggest aspects of the Note9 release is the new S Pen. The Note9's S Pen is not only small and lightweight, it's device-specific. If your pen is yellow, for example, notes and other drawings will show up in yellow ink on your phone. It connects to your device using Bluetooth Low-Energy technology to stay connected and synced with your device. It has a small processor inside and can be used continually for roughly up to 200 clicks. Once your S Pen runs out of battery, you can charge it in under a minute by slipping it back into its chamber in the device.
Samsung has also added a button in the center of the pen, which provides added control for flipping through PowerPoint presentations or taking group photos. You can actually toggle the functionality of this button based on the app or program you're using. This customization allows business owners to easily create an S Pen experience that works for them. Should you lose or break your S Pen, you can purchase another one through the Samsung store and easily sync it with your device.
DeX and the Note9
Samsung has been pushing its new mobile desktop experience, Samsung DeX, as technology that will change the way businesses and entrepreneurs operate. The Note9 comes fully integrated with DeX, so business owners can easily connect to monitors through an HDMI or USB-C multiport adapter. In the past, users would have to connect with DeX through a DeX Pad or DeX Station. The Note9, however, supports a special dongle so you can extend your desktop experience quickly and easily. The dongle means workers who travel frequently can run presentations directly from their phones without having to carry anything more than an HDMI cable.
When in DeX mode, the Note9 can be used as a trackpad. When you click on a field that requires typing, a virtual keyboard will pop up on your Note9. The Note9 is smaller than the Tab S4, so while this may not replace a regular desktop experience, it does provide another option for business owners who need to travel frequently and present business ideas.
The Note9 comes with the latest version of Samsung's security solution: Knox 3.2. This provides business owners with top-level security and mobile device management capabilities, such as configuring and branding your own devices. Knox includes E-FOTA, software that offers over-the-air firmware support. Knox extends across much of Samsung's lineup, including the S9 devices, the Galaxy Tab S4 and the Tab Active2.
Storage potential and other features
The Note9's two base-level storage options are just the beginning of its potential storage. While the company supports 128GB and 512GB capacity out of the box, you can also use microSD cards to expand your device's storage. This can bring your phone's storage up to 1TB, which is a lot of storage for any user.
The Note9 has a 6.4-inch Infinity Display screen, which is larger than both the S9 and the S9+. The S9's screen is 5.8 inches, while the S9+ sports a 6.2-inch screen. As the company's smartphone with the largest screen, the Note9 comes with several features that could make it a good option for your business.