The Galaxy Note 9 is yet to officially go on sale in India and around the world. Samsung is holding an event in the country on August 22 to announce the latest Note device. But even before its launch, Samsung has already started pushing out a new OTA update. Of course, this means only a very few people, mostly reviewers and bloggers, can actually update their Galaxy Note 9 devices right now, while other will have to wait until after the phone goes on sale.
We received the update in our India review unit, which means that Samsung is rolling out it steadily for both Exynos and Snapdragon variants around the world. The latest OTA is around 270MB in size and the most notable new feature is the ability to switch between recording time for Super Slow-Mo videos. You can now easily switch between shooting for 0.2 seconds at 960fps or 0.4 seconds at 480fps. The update also brings the latest Android security patch for August.
Samsung also mentions that the update brings stability improvements, bug fixes and improvements to performance. Samsung rolling out a new software update for the Galaxy Note 9 even before it goes on sale is appreciated. It shows that Samsung is focused on keeping its latest flagships up-to-date as quickly as possible. This also makes us optimistic that the company will release Android 9 Pie for the Galaxy Note 9 soon as well.
The Galaxy Note 9 has been announced running Android 8.1 Oreo based on Experience UI. In our review of the flagship, we were a little disappointed that the device doesn’t ship with Android 9 Pie out of the box since Google’s newest major software version is already out.
The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a slightly bigger 6.4-inch screen with QHD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED Infinity display compared to its predecessor. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 845 chipset, but the variant coming to India will get an Exynos 9810 chipset. This is coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 512GB more via microSD card.
Samsung has also fitted a large 4,000mAh battery, which is a major bump from the Galaxy Note 8 as well as the Galaxy S9+. The device runs Android Oreo out-of-the-box with Samsung’s Experience UI on top.
Cameras remain mostly the same as the Galaxy S9+. You get a 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup with dual OIS and the f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture feature that has won the Galaxy S9 phones a lot of praise. Arguably, the biggest change comes to the S Pen which now gets Bluetooth support, adding more functionalities than ever before.
The Galaxy Note 9 will be announced in India on August 22. The flagship is already up for pre-orders in the country via Samsung’s online store and Flipkart. The company has also revealed its India price, which starts at Rs 67,900 for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The top-end variant with a 8GB + 512GB configuration will cost you Rs 84,900