comscore Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Everything you need to know about the new S Pen that also doubles as a remote control
News

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Everything you need to know about the new S Pen that also doubles as a remote control

Samsung's S Pen has got a major upgrade in the form of Bluetooth connectivity, and its overall functionality too.

samsung galaxy note 9 spen

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is here, with price in India starting at Rs 67,000 for the base model (128GB storage), and Rs 84,000 for the top end variant with 512GB storage. Yes, it looks exactly the same as last year s Galaxy Note 8, with minor refinements in design. But it does pack a punch when it comes to upgrades. Also Read - Samsung working on a new Exynos SoC paired with AMD GPU to power its laptops

Also Read - Top 5 smartphones with great battery life under Rs 20,000 in May 2021: Poco X3, Moto G60 and more

You get a dual aperture camera module, a bigger 4,000mAh battery, and more. More importantly though, this year Samsung has given the S Pen its biggest update so far. The S Pen now comes with Bluetooth LE module, which opens up a lot of possibilities. It is still the same stylus that we ve seen on the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy Note 8, but with the Galaxy Note 9, it gets a couple of tricks up its sleeve. Let s take a look. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy F52 5G live images surface: Here's a closer look

Watch: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 First Look

Bluetooth S Pen features, charging and battery life

When you look at the new S Pen, you ll notice that it looks exactly the same as the older S Pen on the Galaxy Note 8. In the fact, the size and dimensions are the same as well. However, the button on new S Pen is a bit smaller compared to the older one.

Besides that, the S Pen is capable of sensing up to 4,096 levels of pressure, with a nib that is less than 7.5mm thick, thus offering you an experience closer to writing on a paper using a pen.

The Bluetooth-enabled S Pen is powered by a tiny battery that offers enough juice to let you use for about 30 minutes or more. Samsung is using a supercapacitor inside the S Pen, which quickly charges it in about 40 seconds.

On a single charge, I was able to use the S Pen s Bluetooth features for up to 30 minutes, before it needed charging again. When the battery level falls below 20 percent, you will be notified about the same on your phone. And when the battery is completely down, you can still use the S Pen, as you would use on the previous Galaxy Note devices, minus the Bluetooth features.

S Pen as remote control for presentation

The S Pen allows you to interact with your phone in a number of ways. You can start a PowerPoint presentation and a single tap on the S Pen button will change to the next slide, whereas a double tap will take you back the previous slide. This will come in handy for professionals who are constantly in meetings, and working on a lot of presentations. Simply use the DeX adapter to connect the phone to a monitor or a TV, and you can start presenting right away.

This also works in the Gallery app, where you can single press the S Pen button to move to the next photo, or double press for the previous one. It comes in handy when you are showing photos from a trip or a function or so, to your family and friends.

S Pen as camera shutter and media controller

Today, a lot of us use smartphones to click selfies, and a handful of them turn out to be blurry. This is because of the shaky hand movements when you press the shutter button. One way to ensure blur-free photos is to use a timer, but Samsung wants to give you another way to click better selfies. With the camera turned on, you can single press the S Pen to use it as a camera shutter, or double press to switch between front and rear cameras. You can also use the S Pen as a media controller when you are listening to music on Apple Music, Google Play Music or Samsung s stock music player app. The S Pen can also be used to Play/Pause a video on YouTube or default music player app.

S Pen Air Command features

Besides the Bluetooth features, the S Pen also includes Air Command offering a number of options such as smart select, live message, translate, magnify, glance, Bixby vision and more. All of these options we have already seen on the Galaxy Note 8, and you get them on Galaxy Note 9 too.

Smart Select lets you record a video playing on the screen, and convert into GIF. Live messages let you record the scribble motion, and send it as an animated video. You also have the S Translate feature, where you can select the text from a website that you are reading, or from a photo that you captured.

Overall, the S Pen with Bluetooth is a solid upgrade. When I first heard of rumors, I was a bit skeptical, thinking of it to be just another gimmick. After seeing the demo at the launch event, I was still not sure, but after using the Galaxy Note 9 and S Pen for the past 10 days, I m really impressed. It is not a gimmick, and serves as a highly functional tool, something that you will appreciate having.

For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel.
  • Published Date: August 21, 2018 3:33 PM IST



new arrivals in india

Samsung Galaxy F02s
Samsung Galaxy F02s

8,999

Samsung Galaxy F12
Samsung Galaxy F12

10,999

POCO X3 Pro
POCO X3 Pro

18,999

Realme 8 Pro
Realme 8 Pro

17,999

Realme 8
Realme 8

14,999

Vivo X60 Pro Plus
Vivo X60 Pro Plus

69,990

Vivo X60 Pro
Vivo X60 Pro

49,990

Vivo X60
Vivo X60

37,990

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

64,999

OnePlus 9R 5G
OnePlus 9R 5G

39,999

OnePlus 9 5G
OnePlus 9 5G

49,999

Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72

34,999

Samsung Galaxy A52
Samsung Galaxy A52

26,499

Micromax In 1
Micromax In 1

10,499

Asus ROG Phone 5
Asus ROG Phone 5

49,999

Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Galaxy M12

10,999

Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30

10,999

Motorola Moto G10 Power
Motorola Moto G10 Power

9,999

Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G
Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G

25,990

Oppo F19 Pro
Oppo F19 Pro

21,490

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

18,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

15,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

11,999

Realme Narzo 30A
Realme Narzo 30A

8,999

Realme Narzo 30 Pro
Realme Narzo 30 Pro

16,999

Infinix Smart 5
Infinix Smart 5

7,199

Samsung Galaxy F62
Samsung Galaxy F62

23,999

Samsung Galaxy A12
Samsung Galaxy A12

12,999

Nokia 5.4
Nokia 5.4

13,999

Nokia 3.4
Nokia 3.4

11,999

Realme X7 Pro 5G
Realme X7 Pro 5G

29,999

Realme X7
Realme X7

19,999

Vivo Y31
Vivo Y31

16,490

Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

35,990

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

1,05,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G

81,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

69,999

Vivo Y12s
Vivo Y12s

9,990

Vivo Y51A
Vivo Y51A

17,990

Samsung Galaxy M02s
Samsung Galaxy M02s

8,999

Xiaomi Mi 10i
Xiaomi Mi 10i

21,999

Oppo A15s
Oppo A15s

11,490

Tecno Spark 6 Go
Tecno Spark 6 Go

8,499

Vivo V20 2021
Vivo V20 2021

24,990

Vivo Y20A
Vivo Y20A

11,490

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G9 Power
Motorola Moto G9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G 5G
Motorola Moto G 5G

20,999

Vivo V20 Pro
Vivo V20 Pro

29,990

Xiaomi Mi 10T
Xiaomi Mi 10T

35,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9i
Xiaomi Redmi 9i

8,299

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

39,999

Infinix Hot 10
Infinix Hot 10

9,999

Vivo V20 SE
Vivo V20 SE

20,990

Vivo V20
Vivo V20

24,990

Micromax In 1b
Micromax In 1b

6,999

Micromax In Note 1
Micromax In Note 1

10,999

OnePlus 8T
OnePlus 8T

42,999

Samsung Galaxy F41
Samsung Galaxy F41

15,499

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

1,29,900

Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Apple iPhone 12 Pro

1,19,900

Apple iPhone 12 Mini
Apple iPhone 12 Mini

69,900

Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12

79,900

Poco X3
Poco X3

16,999

Realme Narzo 20A
Realme Narzo 20A

8,499

Realme Narzo 20
Realme Narzo 20

10,499

Realme Narzo 20 Pro
Realme Narzo 20 Pro

13,999

Oppo F17
Oppo F17

16,990

Samsung Galaxy M51
Samsung Galaxy M51

22,999

Poco M2
Poco M2

10,999

Oppo F17 Pro
Oppo F17 Pro

22,990

Realme 7 Pro
Realme 7 Pro

19,999

Realme 7
Realme 7

14,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9A
Xiaomi Redmi 9A

6,799

Vivo Y20
Vivo Y20

12,990

Xiaomi Redmi 9
Xiaomi Redmi 9

8,999

Nokia 5.3
Nokia 5.3

13,999

Motorola Moto G9
Motorola Moto G9

11,499

Realme C15
Realme C15

9,999

Realme C12
Realme C12

8,999

Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Samsung Galaxy Note 20

77,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime

9,999

Oppo Reno4 Pro
Oppo Reno4 Pro

34,990

Samsung Galaxy M01 Core
Samsung Galaxy M01 Core

5,499

Realme 6i
Realme 6i

12,999

Asus Rog Phone 3
Asus Rog Phone 3

46,999

OnePlus Nord
OnePlus Nord

24,999

Infinix Smart 4 Plus
Infinix Smart 4 Plus

7,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

10,999

Samsung Galaxy M01s
Samsung Galaxy M01s

9,999

Vivo X50 Pro 5G
Vivo X50 Pro 5G

49,990

Vivo X50 5G
Vivo X50 5G

34,990

Realme C11
Realme C11

7,499

Poco M2 Pro
Poco M2 Pro

13,999

Realme X3
Realme X3

24,999

Realme X3 SuperZoom
Realme X3 SuperZoom

27,999

Tecno Spark Power 2
Tecno Spark Power 2

9,999

Oppo A12
Oppo A12

9,990

Oppo A52
Oppo A52

16,990

Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Galaxy A21s

15,999

Best Sellers