Latest Galaxy Note 9 software update focuses on camera improvements

Latest Galaxy Note 9 software update focuses on camera improvements
Is the Galaxy Note 9 the world’s overall best smartphone right now? Probably. Definitely, according to nonprofit organization Consumer Reports, which however is yet to rigorously review Apple’s latest iPhones.

But even the best of the best can get better. That’s what software updates are for, and while Samsung’s newest flagship handset must continue to wait for an Android 9 Pie makeover, a small but certainly not insignificant UI revision is currently rolling out. 

Only in Germany for the time being, although these things tend to spread out relatively quickly. If you’re lucky, you’ll receive this in a matter of days, and if not, it could take a couple of weeks to reach worldwide distribution.

Why should you be excited about the 300MB or so update? Because “camera picture quality” will be improved. If that sounds vague, the changelog also lists a few specific photography enhancements, including improved “brightness of faces in backlit conditions”, improved “Day/Night HDR control accuracy”, and improved “low light brightness and SNR (Signal Noise Ratio).”

The dual 12MP shooter setup mounted on the back of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is already feature-packed and extremely competent in most environments and conditions. But in one real-life camera comparison, we found the phone matched in overall camera performance by the much cheaper OnePlus 6. Another test showed the Pixel 2 XL demolishing the Note 9 under the night sky, so clearly, there’s still room for improvement.

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Galaxy Note9
  • Display 6.4 inches 2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 10 Samsung One UI


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