The New Galaxy Note 9 - upgrades all around

I've always loved the Galaxy Note series.  A top end phone, building on the S series and then some.  Topping it all off with a pen.

I've always loved the idea of the S-Pen.  But when in practical uses I found it limited.

With the new Note 9 not only are they improving the specs, as you would expect, but they're including some 'intelligence' (a term commonly associated this year with most OEMs) and an interesting take on the S-Pen. 

Now, the new pen uses Bluetooth LE, so it can do things outside of just write on the screen.  It can be used as a camera button for those selfies or 'us-ies'.

I also like how when in DeX (Desktop Environment) mode, you can scribble on the phone's screen like a tablet.

Now, this is also potentially the most expensive Android out there as the 128GB model will sell for $1299 and the 512GB model for $1629.  OUCH!  But that is half a terabyte (and an extra 2GB RAM)!

Check out the media release and specs below, or compare on our database page.

Quick specs

  • 6.4" 2960x1440
  • 2.7GHz x4 + 1.7GHz x4
  • 6GB RAM (or 8GB)
  • 128GB (or 512GB) storage + microSD (512GB max)
  • Rear cameras: 12MP (f/1.5+f/24, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, OIS, 26mm) + 12MP (f/2.4, 1/3.6", 1µm, OIS, 52mm)
  • Front camera: 8MP (f/1.7, 1/3.6", 1.22µm, 25mm)
  • 4,000mAh
  • IP68
  • Android 8.1

The New, Super Powerful Galaxy Note9: For Those Who Want it All
With all-day performance, a new S Pen and intelligent camera, nothing keeps up with your life like Galaxy Note9

Mississauga, Ont. – August 9, 2018 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltdtoday announced the latest addition to its premium Note series with Galaxy Note9. The Note series has been appreciated for including the company’s latest groundbreaking innovations, and Galaxy Note9 builds on this legacy with a premium smartphone that delivers the ultimate in performance; a new S Pen with Bluetooth connectivity for the very first time; and Samsung’s most intelligent camera yet.

“The Note has always been our showcase for premium technology and industry-defining innovation, and Galaxy Note9 is no exception. It’s designed for a level of performance, power and intelligence that today’s power users want and need,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “Note fans are Samsung’s most loyal; we know they want it all, to get the most out of work and play, and Galaxy Note9 is the only phone that can keep up with their busy lives.”

All Day Performance
People rely on their smartphones for almost everything they do – all day, every day. They need a phone that can keep up with their lifestyle without having to: find the nearest outlet to recharge, delete pictures to free up storage for their next snap, anxiously wait for their video to download before boarding their flight, or deal with any lag time when gaming.

They need a phone that won’t let them down and Galaxy Note9 delivers.

·         All Day Battery: The Galaxy Note9 4,000mAh battery for long-lasting power that you can use all day to talk, text, play games and watch movies from morning to night1.
·         Storage That Doesn’t Hold You Back: Galaxy Note9 is available with two internal storage options – choose from 128GB or 512GB2. And with the ability to insert a microSD card, Galaxy Note9 is 1TB ready 2.1 to have peace of mind knowing there is enough room for favorite photos, videos and apps.
·         Speed and Power: Galaxy Note9 is a super powerful smartphone with cutting-edge 10nm processor and support for the fastest network speeds available in the market (up to 1.2 gigabits per second) to stream and download without slowing down. Galaxy Note9 also includes a Samsung developed Water Carbon Cooling system and an on-device AI-based performance adjusting algorithm to deliver a powerful and stable performance.

The Evolution of the S Pen
The S Pen is the signature feature of the Note series – it’s how users have made their mark, and how Samsung has expanded the notion of what a smartphone can do. What began as a tool for writing and drawing is now putting more power and control in the customers’ hands.

Now with Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) support, the new S Pen delivers an entirely new way to use the Note. With just a click, it’s now possible to take selfies and group pictures, present slides, pause and play video, and more.

The Intelligent Camera That Takes Picture-Perfect Photos
It can be hard to take a picture that looks just like the ones the professionals take – but it shouldn’t be. Galaxy Note9 builds on Samsung’s leading camera technologies with new capabilities that take the work out of getting the perfect picture.

·         Scene Optimizer: The Galaxy Note9 camera is Samsung’s smartest camera yet. It uses intelligence to identify elements of a photo, such as scene and subject, to automatically classify it into one of 20 categories and instantly optimize it based on the category. The result is a stunning, lifelike image with bold colors and dynamic definition.

·         Flaw Detection: The first shot doesn’t always come out right, but the Galaxy Note9 lets users know if there’s something wrong, so they can take another picture without losing the moment. An immediate notification will appear if the image is blurry, the subject blinked, there is a smudge on the lens, or there’s backlight impacting the quality of the image.

·         Premium Camera: With the unique combination of advanced intelligence features and leading premium hardware, the Galaxy Note9 camera is our best camera yet. It comes with advanced noise reduction technology, and a Dual Aperture3 lens, which adjusts to light just like the human eye. Regardless of the lighting conditions, the Galaxy Note9 top-tier camera delivers a crystal-clear shot.

Premium Experiences: From Work to Play
The Infinity Display is the cornerstone of Samsung’s design heritage, and Galaxy Note9 has the largest edge-to-edge display yet on a Note. The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display provides a truly immersive multimedia experience. The Galaxy Note9 Infinity Display is complemented by stereo speakers that are tuned by AKG and the ability to deliver Dolby Atmos® immersive audio for a heightened experience. Mobile video now looks and sounds terrific on Galaxy Note9.

Galaxy Note9 also delivers a desktop-like experience with Samsung DeX. Users can work on presentations, edit photos, and watch their favorite show, all powered by their phone. Experience Samsung DeX with easy-to-carry HDMI adapters4. When connected to a monitor, Galaxy Note9 can power a virtualized desktop and even serve as a fully-functional second screen. Take notes with the S Pen while watching a video, or use Galaxy Note9 as a trackpad to right-click, drag and drop, and use multiple windows on a monitor all at the same time.

Galaxy and Beyond
The premium Galaxy technologies come standard with Note9: fast wireless charging, IP68 water and dust resistance5 and Samsung services such as Samsung Health and Samsung Pay. Galaxy Note9 features Samsung’s trusted, defense-grade Knox security platform and biometric security options including fingerprint scanning, iris scanning and facial recognition capabilities to keep important information safe.

Galaxy Note9 opens up a world of possibilities – it’s a portal to the full Samsung ecosystem of devices and services. For instance, use Galaxy Note9 and SmartThings to control connected devices, or get more done with Bixby6, a personalized, intelligent assistant.

Canadian Preorder and Availability
In Canada, Galaxy Note9 will be offered in Midnight Black with matching S Pen and in Ocean Blue with a yellow S Pen. At launch, the Note9 will be available for $1,299.99 (MSRP) for the 128GB option and $1,629.99 (MSRP) for the 512GB model.

Galaxy Note9 carrier versions will be available for pre-order beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT on August 9, 2018. Consumers who purchase the Galaxy Note9 device between August 9th, 2018 - August 23rd, 2018 will also receive a bonus Samsung Gear IconX (retail value of $299.99)7.
Bell Canada, Rogers Wireless, TELUS, Freedom Mobile and Videotron will all carry the 128GB Note9 in stores and online beginning August 24, 2018.
The 512GB model will only be available in Midnight Black in Canada exclusively at and Samsung Experience Stores.

For more information about Galaxy Note9, please visit

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Product Specifications
Galaxy Note9
6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960x1440 (516ppi)
*Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners
*Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings
Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
           - Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS
           - Telephoto: 12MP AF, F2.4, OIS
           - 2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
Front: 8MP AF, F1.7
161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g, IP68 (BLE S Pen: 5.7 x 4.35 x 106.37mm, 3.1g, IP68)
*Carrying an IP68 dust and water resistance rating. Based on test conditions of submersion in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes
10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
*May differ by market and mobile operator
6GB RAM (LPDDR4), 128GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
8GB RAM (LPDDR4), 512GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
*May differ by market and mobile operator
*User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed
*512GB model available in Canada exclusively at Samsung Experience Stores and on in Midnight Black only
SIM Card
Single: one Nano SIM and one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
Hybrid: one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
*May differ by market and mobile operator
Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless
Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC
Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA
*May differ by market and mobile operator
Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, 5CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18
*May differ by market and mobile operator
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM,
Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, 
Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*)
*Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited
*May differ by market and mobile operator
Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor,
Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
Lock Type: Pattern, Pin, Password
Biometric Lock Types: Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Scanner, Facial Recognition
Intelligent scan: Combines iris scan and face recognition for convenient unlocking and in some cases provides enhanced security for certain authentication services
*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice.