Huawei Mate 20 Pro hands-on: Gunning for iPhone XS
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.
If pure numbers are to be considered, you’d be correct to assume that the Galaxy Note 9 would last longer than Apple’s largest iPhone to date. After all, it has a 4,000 mAh battery compared to the iPhone XS Max’s 3,174 mAh. That’s a huge advantage if you’re just taking mAh figures into account.
Apple, however, should have a trump card. Not only is its A12 Bionic chip a 7 nm processor, which implies even bigger energy savings than the 10 nm Snapdragon 845, Apple is also famous for maximizing battery life that puts Android phones to shame. All things considered, it should end up in a tie.
Unfortunately, PhoneBuff’s test, which was amusingly done using a new robotic arm, proved otherwise. It conducted a series of hour-long tests ranging from phone calls to social media to browsing to gaming. After the eighth test, which means after 8 hours, the iPhone XS Max was a goner. The Galaxy Note 9, on the other hand, had 37% charge left.
Battery tests are, of course, one of the trickiest things to test in a smartphone exactly because each person’s use case can vary. Still, it’s rather surprising to see how the iPhone XS Max took a critical hit so early in the test. And probably a bit telling that it was on Instagram that it suffered the most.
Latest Samsung’s development – flagship Note9. This phone is a beast. Sports Exynos 9810, 128GB of storage + microSDHC slot (up to 512GB memory card). With 6GB of RAM, your apps will stay longer in the memory, so you don’t need to wait for them to refresh when you switch between the apps. Or go upgrade with 512GB/8GB. New redesigned and improved stylus. New camera set up: 12MP Dual Camera with variable aperture on the back + 8MP front-facing camera. The phone comes pre-loaded with Android 8.1 Oreo OS with the latest Samsung Experience Skin. With 4000mAh of battery, you can easily get through an intense business day. Plus, you can always drop your Note9 on a wireless charger. Fast charging and adaptive fast charging is supported. Iris, Facial, and fingerprint recognition. IP68.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960F/DS)
The phone that lasts all day
Leave your battery packs and cords at home — the 4000mAh battery gets you through your day on a single charge. Keep going in this always-on, mobile world with Galaxy Note9’s all day battery.
The cutting-edge processor engineered for speed
Discover what you can achieve on the Galaxy Note9. Whether gaming, streaming, or multitasking, the 10nm processor and an impressive 6GB RAM combine to deliver high performance that makes you take notice. And with access to lightning fast network speeds, things get done in a flash.
Experience game-changing audio
Stereo speakers tuned by AKG give you even more vivid sound and louder volume. And Dolby Atmos creates immersive three-dimensional sound, with four preset modes that put you in the middle of a theater-like experience, whether you’re watching a movie or listening to music on your smartphone.
Submerged for 30 minutes and still works
For most phones, water is Kryptonite. But after being in 1.5 meters of water, the Galaxy Note9 and S Pen can keep going. They’re sealed from the inside out for the highest rating you can get when it comes to protecting your phone from dust and water: IP68.
Unlock instantly anytime, anywhere
In bright sunlight or super low light, you can unlock your Galaxy Note9 using Intelligent Scan, the innovative combination of face recognition and iris scanning. It uses the power of both to recognize you in different environments. You can also use your fingerprint, a password, a PIN, or more to keep others out of your business.
A vast canvas for big ideas and inspirations
The signature S Pen calls for an equally elegant writing surface. That’s why the Galaxy Note9 has a 6.4-inch, virtually bezel-less display, giving you an expansive edge-to-edge surface as boundless as your imagination.
Transformed to give you ultimate control
For the first time ever, the S Pen harnesses the power of Bluetooth technology, acting as a remote for your Galaxy Note9. Snap photos, change slides, and pause YouTube videos with a press of the button — or set your own custom controls. Then, charging the S Pen is as simple as sliding it back into the Galaxy Note9 to get another 30 minutes of power in just 40 seconds.
Always at the ready
Pop out the S Pen to activate Screen off memo and turn your Galaxy Note9 into an intelligent notepad — all without unlocking your phone. In a color that matches the stylus, write whatever comes to mind anytime, like a to-do list or notes to self. Then if you need it for later, pin it to the Always On Display or find it in the Samsung Notes app.
Stunning shots in different kinds of light
Samsung’s category-defining Dual Aperture lens intelligently adapts to the surrounding light like the human eye — choosing between two f-stop modes. F1.5 mode brings in light to brighten up super low light shots. While F2.4 mode helps make sure your photos come out clear.
Two lenses, infinite possibilities
Elevate your photography with Galaxy Note9’s dual 12MP camera with 2x optical zoom. The telephoto lens and wide-angle lens work together to shoot the whole scene even when you’re zoomed in, or create unique portraits with Live focus. And with dual OIS, photos will come out sharp, even if the camera’s a little shaky. So you can capture what others can’t.
Say so long to bad photos
Eradicate closed eyes and blurry photos with Galaxy Note9’s Flaw Detection. It intelligently detects blinks, blurs, smudged lenses, and backlighting, notifying you so you can adjust and reshoot. It’s like having an intelligent adviser in your pocket.
Take selfies like no other
Rethink how you shoot selfies with the innovative Bluetooth enabled S Pen. A press of the button is all it takes — even from almost 10 meters away. And because Galaxy Note9’s 8MP front camera intelligently detects faces to make sure they’re in focus, snapping a great shot is simple.
- 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM
- 12MP + 12MP Dual Main Camera
- 8MP Selfie Camera
- 10㎚ 64-bit Octa-Core Processor
- 6.4″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2960×1440) 516 ppi Display
- Dual Nano-SIM (4G + 4G)
- Face Recognition, Iris Scan, S Pen included, Dual Aperture lens