Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Galaxy Note 10 will be the biggest Note yet

Galaxy Note 10 will be the biggest Note yet

Once upon a time, Samsung's Galaxy Note was ridiculed and doubted for the size of its screen. Just last month, Apple announced the iPhone XS Max, not only the biggest iPhone over bit also 0.1 inches larger than the Galaxy Note 9. Clearly, phablets have won and size is no longer Samsung's exclusive domain. Now it needs to step up its game and, according to reports, the next Galaxy Note will outdo the iPhone XS Max by around 0.1 inches as well.

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Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS Max battery test isn’t what you expect

Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS Max battery test isn’t what you expect

All the advanced features in a smartphone would be pointless if your mobile device doesn't survive long enough for you to plug it in at the end of the day. In lieu of the long-dead practice of replaceable batteries, OEMs are now being asked, often demanded to put larger batteries into smartphones that are growing larger every year anyway. Naturally, that's going to be a point of contest between this year's two bitter rivals, the Apple iPhone XS Max and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. You might already know the winner but how it gets there is still surprising.

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iPhone XS LTE benchmarks proves it’s better but not the best

iPhone XS LTE benchmarks proves it’s better but not the best

One of Apple's biggest spiels about the iPhone XS and XS Max is their improved LTE performance. That's thanks to its overdue adoption of 4x4 MIMO technology. In theory, that should shut Samsung up over its claims of download superiority. But how does it perform in practice? Separate benchmarks apparently show how much the iPhone XS improved over its predecessor. Unfortunately, they also show how Qualcomm may still have a bargaining chip over its new enemy.

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Galaxy Note 9 update improves camera, takes a new stab at P20 Pro

Galaxy Note 9 update improves camera, takes a new stab at P20 Pro

The newest Galaxy Note 9 software update includes notes about improvements made to the device's back-facing cameras. With this set of improvements, Samsung attempts to re-take the throne for best smartphone camera in the world, contending with the likes of the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, HTC U12+, and the Google Pixel 2. With a dual-camera backside camera array and improvements to all the most important parts of said setup, what's stopping Samsung from winning the day?

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New Galaxy Note 9 colors coming to USA

New Galaxy Note 9 colors coming to USA

This week the folks at Samsung revealed two new colors for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, one of which is exclusive to the states. The device was already available in Lavender Purple and Ocean Blue with Yellow S Pen, but now the company's saw fit to bestow upon the USA a pair of less eye-blasting editions. The new versions come in "Midnight Black" (that's black) and "Cloud Silver" (that's silver/gray) - both have the same insides as before.

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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby update has an alternative to disabling it

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby update has an alternative to disabling it

Samsung’s latest flagships are nearly perfect but they all have one consistent flaw. No, it’s not Bixby per se but the obtrusive Bixby button at the side. Samsung dared to make it impossible to disable that button on the Galaxy Note 9 but, after major backlash, it said it would reconsider. Reconsider it did but not in the way users hoped. The latest update to Bixby doesn’t bring back that option but, instead, offers a way to make it harder to accidentally trigger Bixby in the first place.

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Galaxy Note 9 gets its first explosive case

Galaxy Note 9 gets its first explosive case

It may have thought that its past is well behind it but it may never be free of the ghost of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. Lawsuits, settlements, and media coverage have made any Galaxy Note flagship, or any Samsung flagship for that matter, a prime target for claims of negligence or even outright wrongdoing. That seems to be the case yet again with the first report of a Galaxy Note 9 catching fire in New York, which could set of a chain of reports and claims, each of which can be true or not.

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Galaxy Note 9 in Silver will launch in these markets

Galaxy Note 9 in Silver will launch in these markets

The Galaxy Note 9 is well on its way and seems to be holding well despite the Galaxy S9 before it and the arrival of the Apple iPhone Xs and its siblings. However, it seems that Samsung wasn’t showing its full hand yet. Not that it has more tricks up its sleeves, just more colors. Or one color at least. There is apparently a Silver variant of the Galaxy Note 9 that’s coming to some market and, unfortunately, not in all markets.

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Galaxy Note 9 can play Fortnite for 5+ hours with one full battery

Galaxy Note 9 can play Fortnite for 5+ hours with one full battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was launched with the debut of the game Fortnite on Android. As the Galaxy Note 9 was essentially touted as the ultimate mobile device on which one might play Fortnite, we decided to run a test. At 9AM on test day I began playing Fortnite, and I did not quit the game nor did I turn off the display until the phone's battery went dead.

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Galaxy Note 9 Silver color is coming, says render leak

Galaxy Note 9 Silver color is coming, says render leak

If the Galaxy Note 9’s colors were a bit too attention-grabbing for your tastes, your only option would be to put on a skin or case or settle for the conventional Black. If you’re in the US, however, you might be getting a new option soon. Or so that’s what a newly leaked render is trying to claim. Considering how such renders are some of the easiest things to fake these days, we’ll just have to take their word for it.

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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button disabled with melted gold (plus 2 more options)

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button disabled with melted gold (plus 2 more options)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is currently the only device with a button that cannot (by default) be turned away from Bixby. Bixby is Samsung's smart assistant, and it's meant to be a helpful feature on the Galaxy Note 9 - but not all users want it. Much in the spirit of the DIY community at large, a couple of real nice options appeared in the last week for Note 9 owners wishing to disable Bixby completely.

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Galaxy Note 9 on DxOMark: great but not great enough

Galaxy Note 9 on DxOMark: great but not great enough

New flagship smartphone, new benchmark rankings. DisplayMate came out with its review of the Galaxy Note 9 early and, perhaps to no one’s surprise, crowned Samsung’s latest as the best (OLED) display ever. Somewhat surprising, the folks at DxOMark wasn’t in a rush this time. While that may sound ominous, they did end up giving the Galaxy Note 9 high scores, it wasn’t high enough to unseat DxOMark’s top-ranking smartphones.

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