Reasons Not to buy Galaxy Note 9: Some alternatives to new Note

Samsung, the largest smartphone brand in this world. Having the widest device portfolio of Smartphones and feature phones in the international market. The South Korean electronics giant unveiled the Galaxy Note 9, last week. Samsung has updated its previous Note 8 into the new Note 9 not only changing it internally but ergonomically too.

Galaxy Note 9

Specifications

The Galaxy Note 9 features the top quality 6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone doesn’t feature a Notch and Chin design whereas sports very fine bezels at both the ends of the smartphone. Similar to the Galaxy S9’s design.

Under the hood, the phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 paired with 6GB/8GB RAM options in the global variant. The Indian variant of the device features  Samsung’s homegrown Exynos 9810 SoC paired with same 6GB and 8GB RAM options. The new Note comes with 128Gb and 512Gb internal storage with expandable SD card slot.

On the Camera front, The Galaxy Note 9 features a Dual 12-megapixel shooter at the primary. With one being Wide angle camera with adjustable  f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, Set at f/2.4 autofocus lens. Both cameras have OIS and feature 2x Optical Zoom and 10x Digital Zoom. While the secondary selfie shooter is an 8-megapixel sensor set at a f/1.7 aperture, autofocus lens. There is a scene optimiser with 20 scene types. Also, the handset has features such as flaw detection that can detect the blinking of eye, lens smudge, and backlight to improve images.

Galaxy Note 9

The smartphone comes with Android 8.1 Oreo-based Samsung Experience UI, The phone has all the latest features such as Facial detection, Wireless Charging, Fast charging via USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, and IRIS scanner. Both Note 9 and new S-pen have IP68 rating hence Waterproof.

Reasons Not to Buy

The phone is one of the best phones available on the market, but here are a few reasons why you might want to skip the new Note.

Design

Some people might find this as the perfect design, but this is one the biggest issue. The new Note 9 is ergonomically updated version of the Galaxy Note 8. Thus, not much advancements in the device structure.

The phone still features a fine bezel at both the ends, but not very fine. The phone has a bigger bottom bezel than many phones with the Notch and Chin design. Not arguing about Notch or No Notch, but still could have been better. The much taller frame of the phone makes it difficult to hold.

Performance

There is no doubt in the performance of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 6GB RAM. But it is the global variant, the Indian Variant will have Exynos 9810 chipset paired with 6Gb RAM. While the company claims Exynos 9810 is there flagship chipset specially designed for India market, the case is not as they say, there is a noticeable difference in the performance of the 2 in the long-run.

Paying the same but still getting second-tier processor doesn’t seem justice.

Software

Samsung has have been the most irregular in terms of the Software upgrade. There is no surety of Future Android updates even on the flagship. The 2016 Flagship Galaxy S7 has had struggled for the Oreo Update and might not receive the Android Pie Update.

Even the Samsung Experience UI comes with a Full stock of Bloatware. With an evident part of storage always full due to which. With every firm now switching to Closer to Stock ROM experience, this might concern a lot.

Price

The time is past when people bought Samsung as they find it cheaper as compared to Apple iPhone. The new Note is priced exactly at the price of Apple’s iPhone X at $999 for the entry level. $1299 for the 512GB Storage variant, which seems a lot for a Smartphone that is so huge that you need a stylus.

Samsung could have put a competitive pricing as the new Apple iPhone will be launching the next month and Even the Oppo Find X with complete bezel-less experience price cheaper.

Alternatives

Oneplus 6

Termed as Flagship killer, The smartphone gives the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with notch and minimal chin at a price nearly less than the half of the Galaxy Note 9. The phone has been in the market for last 3 months and misses notably on Wireless charging and a Super AMOLED screen only.

With frame size very close to the Note 9, large screen phone users might like the Oneplus as it delivers everything at half the price.

Oppo Find X

Oppo has started the revolution of a Complete bezel-less display with its new flagship offering Oppo Find X. The smartphone features pop up camera module, for the facial detection and front facing camera. With camera popping up within 0.5s, the phone has no issue and is based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. It has the same top-level performance.

Notch haters might like to switch to Find X rather than Note 9 because of its new design rather than Note 9’s ergonomic 2017 design.

iPhone X

Last year in September Apple unveiled its 10th-anniversary edition iPhone X which stirred the market with First-ever notched display phones. Featuring the Notch on an OLED display, the phone had a very fine chin with amazing viewing angles and colours.

Apple 2017 flagship cost a much less than it used to cost then, Combining a couple of offers you could get the phone in price less than the Samsung counterpart. While the new Apple phones are expected to land next month, making the competition for Samsung Galaxy Note 9 further challenging.

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