On the 9th of August 2018, Samsung unveiled the newest member of their highly coveted Galaxy Note series – the Note 9 to the world, and our Malaysian launch happened in less than a week after. Since we’ve already got our hands-on a review unit, here’s our quick unboxing and first impressions of the latest Galaxy Note 9.

The Galaxy Note 9 is available in 2 variants here in Malaysia – 6GB of RAM paired with 128GB of internal storage, which starts at RM3699, or the 8GB RAM with 512GB of storage version, which costs RM4599.


Our Midnight Grey version comes in a black packaging, and once the packaging is opened, you’re presented with a box – which includes a SIM tray removal too, documentations and a case, and the device is sitting immediately below the box. The rest of the packaging comes will all the usual bits – including a USB Wall Adapter, a USB-C cable, a USB-C to USB-A adapter, USB-C to microUSB adapter, an AKG branded earphones and some different-sized ear tips to go with it.

First Impressions

Much like the Galaxy S9 & S9+, the Galaxy Note 9 is just more of a refresh model, so it’s not surprising to find that the design and overall esthetics are pretty much the same as its predecessor – the Note 8. If you are a current Note 8 user, the Note 9 feel the same for you. It feels really premium as usual, with metal frame and glass on the front and back. The glasses also curve in on both sides.

Most of the front panel is taken up by the 6.4-inch display, and it’s still of an 18.5:9 display ratio, with resolution of 1440 X 2960. We do also applaud Samsung for not going towards a notched display, which is a questionable design trend these days. Above the display there’s still space for a 8-megapixel front-facing camera, an Iris scanner an earpiece and LED notification light.

Towards the left is where the volume button is located, along with the button to bring up Bixby – Samsung’s virtual assistant, which is the same as Apple’s Siri. The power button is conveniently located to the right.

The top of the device contains the usual SIM tray, and has 2 slots in it – one for a nanoSIM card, and the other for either a nanoSIM card or microSD card. The 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port, one of the channels for the stereo speakers and the slot for the S Pen.

On the rear, Samsung has redesigned the camera section, and the camera setup consists of a pair of 12-megapixel sensors, one wide angle and the other telephoto. Next to it is a LED flash and a heart rate monitor. The awfully located fingerprint on the Galaxy Note 8 has been moved to just below the camera section, where it is easier to locate.

Stay tuned to WTN.today for upcoming full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9!