The highly-anticipated Samsung Note9 has finally been announced for South Africa, but while it is packed with features, can the smartphone beat the king of devices in the country – the Huawei P20 Pro?
The all-new Samsung Note9 features a massive 6.4 inch Infinity Display, 12MP dual camera, 8MP selfie camera a colossal 512GB variant.
The Note9 also features an upgraded signature S Pen with the device, which helps the user remotely control the smartphone when watching videos.
Meanwhile, under the hood the Note9 sees an upgraded chipset, the Exynos 9810, Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845.
While the Note9 is an impressive device, it falls down in some features such as the camera. While other manufacturer seek to engineer devices with better cameras, Samsung has adopted a similar camera with minor modifications from the flagship S9 smartphone, launched earlier this year.
While the camera may not be the most essential feature in a smartphone today, the Note9 presents a great camera that can still be trumped by devices already on the market.
A face-off with the current smartphone champ in SA, shows that Samsung present a decent comparison, but faces stiff competition from the Chinese smartphone maker.
While the Note9 has yet to be ranked by lens rating body, DxOMark, the Huawei P20 Pro maintains the highest rating of 109.
Pitting the Note9’s 12MP dual camera system against the P20 Pro’s Leica triple lens camera system with 40MP, 20MP and 8MP camera sensors – makes for an unfair comparison, as Huawei manage to beat Samsung in this fight.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC’s U12+’s 12MP +16MP dual camera currently sits in second place with a score of 103, while Huawei’s P20 smartphone which holds the third highest rating of 102. Samsung’s Note9 has yet to be ranked by DxOMark. The Note9’ camera ranking may have trouble in this regard.
The Note9 manages to edge further in the race with massive storage and display, which is 0.3 inches larger that the P20 Pro’s, with smartphones matching each other’s all-day powering 4000 mAh battery.
While both devices feature fast charging functionality, Samsung placed a new safety plan in the production of devices. Meanwhile, the battery featured in the Huawei P20 Pro has become the only smartphone to be independently safety certified, by international certification body – TÜV Rheinland.
On the price front, the P20 Pro the entered the South African market at a recommended retail price of R15 499, while the newly launched Note9 is priced R18 999 for the 128GB version and R23 999 for 512GB version.