Packaging and accessories
The manufacturer took care about the sales package, so there is everything there. Next to a quick charger (9V/1.67A or 5V/2A), USB cable, short manual and a tool for opening the SIM/microSD card tray, there are additional ends for the stylus and a tool for replacing it, two adapters (from microUSB to USB type C) and from a “full” USB to USB-C. The first one can be used by those who are switching from smartphones with an older version of the USB socket, and the latter one – for those who like to plug in an additional memory or charge the phone through another device. There are decent earphones from AKG with a set of additional plugs as well.
Housing and display
You probably do not remember this, but the first model from the Note series did not have an easy start. Samsung has equipped it with a 5.3-inch display – enormous at that time – which was criticized in all media. After years it turned out that what was abnormally big back then, now is basically a standard. In the Note 8 had a 6.30-inch display, so there is not much revolution here.
The display is perfect – big, bright with great colours, high contrast and perfect sharpness. Its resolution is 1440x2960 pixels, which gives an impressive pixel density of 516 ppi. The display is supported with HDR10 and it has the Always On Display function – that is highlighting date, hours and notifications on a dimmed display. I can only complain about curved edges of the display – they are attractive, but can be slightly bothersome while gaming (due to reflections of curved edges and it makes gaming more difficult in fields where to display is arced).
The bezel under the display has no additional elements or prints, while on the upper part the manufacturer has placed a speaker for calls (which is a part of stereo system as well), front camera, light and proximity sensor, notifications LED, retinal scanner and an IR LED which lights up the face at night. Basically the front of the device is elegant and perfected, and narrow bezels around the display and the arced surface of the glass increase the attractiveness.
The front and the back parts are made out of glass, they are connected by an aluminium frame. On particular edges there are physical buttons and connectors. On the left there is the volume control and the Bixby button, which presence – and the impossibility of deactivating it – is the biggest disadvantage of this model. I simply managed to press it too often and too easily, by simply holding the phone in hand or trying to change the volume – it results in running the Bixby assistant. If running this app was random, I would not have to bother with describing it. But – based on numerous comments from the web – I am not alone in my aversion to the Bixby button.
But let us move to other housing’s elements. On the right edge there is a single lock/power button. On the upper one there is a tray for SIM/microSD cards and a microphones hole. The lower edge is complemented by a universal jack, USB-C socket, external speaker, microphone’s hole – and the S-Pen stylus. I will speak more about it in the later part of the review. The socket itself is constructed in such a way that it cannot slide out by accident and we cannot place it in the wrong way. There is a system which is supposed to prevent us from losing the stylus – it alarms us when we will move from the device further than would result in a normal usage.
On the back panel we can see the module with the dual camera and a LED flash and a set of sensors for measuring our pulse and oxygen level in our blood (we can use them in the Samsung Health app) – it is slightly above the housing. Below it we can see a small, square fingerprint scanner. I would prefer it to be slightly bigger, but its location is far better than it was in Note 8. In the lower part we can see printed markings and certificates.
The whole looks modern, though we must underline that source: GSMchoice.com; viewed: 781 times.