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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on review emerges ahead of launch

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Samsung just confirmed that the Galaxy Note 9 is arriving on August 9, but well-known Russian tipster Eldar Murtazin has decided to spoil the surprise by publishing an in-depth review of the handset. It seems he got his hands on a pre-production unit of the phone in the US and decided to publish his take on its software and hardware.

According to Murtazin, the Galaxy Note 9 looks almost exactly like its previous variant. The easiest way to tell them apart is to compare the back of each. The former apparently has a horizontal dual camera setup with the fingerprint reader below the module. The latter has the same horizontal orientation for the lenses, but keeps the fingerprint scanner besides it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Battery Life

The advantage is obvious – fewer fingerprint smudges on the cameras. Murtazin also discussed how much heavier the Galaxy Note 9 was, probably because of its 4000mAh battery. The last Note had a 3300mAh battery and the difference is quite substantial going by his account.

He says he managed 1 to 2 days of normal usage and 23 to 25 hours of video playback at maximum brightness. The Exynos chipset might help things along with super fast operations. Samsung has supposedly changed up the UI animations for the better.

The report goes on to touch on the Galaxy Note 9’s memory specs. As expected, there might just be a 512GB version of the device with an impressive 8GB of RAM. The other options may include a 6GB/128GB model and an 8GB/256GB iteration.

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Moving on to photography, there are a few notable enhancements thanks to upgraded ISOCELL tech and better optical image stabilization. Meanwhile, the S Pen now supports Bluetooth and can unlock the Samsung handset remotely. The company might introduce various work modes to attract business users.

The Galaxy Note 9 may also be easier to view in the sun thanks to improved sunlight visibility. The prototype seemingly had an updated Always On screen, but it might not be ready in time for the handset’s August 9 launch. It could just get pushed back to the Galaxy S10 instead.