At a time when the progress of the mobile hardware has slowed, the new smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy Note, made it clear that hardware innovation has reached its limits. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has faster execution speeds and a longer battery life. However, it has no amazing new features, but the price is shocking: up to $ 1,000.
Smartphones have driven the innovation at hardware level to the limit. Substantial upgrades often take place every few years, not every year, and this year is clearly not the year of the revolutionary upgrade of the Galaxy Note series.
The new phone has automatic photo editing and a stylus that acts as a remote control. But the main highlight is that the battery capacity is larger, the processor is faster and the mobile network is faster.
"From a hardware perspective you do not see any major breakthroughs anymore," says Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi. "These features have improved somewhat, but there is no improvement, it is revolutionary."
Compared with last year's Note 8, the capacity of the Note 9 battery increased by 21%, meaning it can normally be used for longer than a day, so it does not have to be recharged. Since the explosion of the Note 7 mobile phone in 2016, Samsung has been conservative in improving the battery. After all, the serious incident meant that Samsung had to make costly recalls, and its reputation was also affected.
Since then, Samsung has had its mobile phone products undergo multiple inspections, including X-ray and stress tests at extreme temperatures. The company also sent its handsets to independent laboratories, including UL, for independent security testing.
Suzanne De Silva, director of product marketing for Samsung in the United States, said the company has renewed its confidence in the battery of the product. "Now (three years after note 7) we have made the right innovation at the right time."
Although Samsung's Note series phones are large-screen products for high-end users, they can be said to be the functional wind for the future mass market Galaxy S series. For example, before the introduction of the S9 Plus, Note 8 brought a double lens and better zoom. The Note model also had this feature long before the curved screen became the standard for the Samsung flagship phone.
Bob O & # 39; Donnell, an analyst at market research firm Technalysis Research, pointed out that although Note 9 is not much improved compared to last year's models, it was for those who have not upgraded their phones for several years. In fact, it is a big upgrade.
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