Galaxy Note 9 was unveiled by Samsung at its Unpacked event on August 9
Galaxy Note 9 was unveiled by Samsung at its Unpacked event on August 9 and touts a number of notable improvements over its predecessor.
Galaxy Note 9 comes with a gorgeous 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440×2960 and a density of 516-pixels-per-inch, ensuring all content looks rich and vibrant.
The flagship phablet is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset or Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 processor depending on the region it is sold.
This is accompanied by either 6GB of 8GB of RAM, depending on the Note 9 variant.
Galaxy Note 9 also borrowed the Galaxy S9+’s dual camera system but upped the ante with handy artificial intelligence (AI) tweaks.
This allowed the phone to alert the user when a photo was blurry or if a subject had blinked for instance.
But now the Android device has a new rival from Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi that recently announced its Mi Mix 3 smartphone.
The Mi Mix 3 arrives with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display that comes in at a 1080p resolution.
However, just like the Note 9, it is powered by a Snapdragon 845.
And the chipset is joined by a whopping 10GB of RAM in the most expensive model.
That means Xiaomi’s offering comes with 2GB more than the most premium version of the Note 9.
The Mi Mix 3 arrives with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display that comes in at a 1080p resolution
Moreover, the hardware will come pre-installed with Android 9 Pie, meaning owners will get the latest and greatest features from Google.
Galaxy Note 9 is still running Android 8 Oreo and Samsung has not yet announced when owners of the phablet will be able to upgrade to the newest operating system.
During the unveiling of the new device, Xiaomi also boasted about the Mi Mix 3’s camera system.
The new device arrives with four cameras in total with two sitting on the front and two on the rear.
The rear sensors are comprised of two 12-megapixels lenses; one is a normal module and the other offers telephoto functionality.
DxOMark, a publication renowned for testing smartphone cameras and awarding them with a numbered score, recently handed the Mi Mix 3 a tally of 103.
This was the same score given to the Galaxy Note 9 following its public debut.
What really differentiates the Mi Mix 3 from its competition is its distinct lack of bezels however.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 has 10GB of RAM in the most expensive model
The device has a 93.4 percent screen-to-body ratio, meaning the screen dominates the front body unlike the Note 9.
Xiaomi has created a slider that houses the front-facing cameras on the device to allow for drastically reduced bezels.
That means the user has to manually slide the device in order to take selfies.
Smartphones such as the Oppo Find X have adopted similar functionality but have installed motors inside so the user does not have to perform actions by hand.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will release on November 1 in China and will come in four versions
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will release on November 1 in China and will come in four versions.
An international roll-out has not been detailed.
The smartphone starts at 3,299 yuan (£370.43) that will give users 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
But it rises to as high as 4,999 yuan (£561.31) for what Xiaomi is dubbing the “Palace Museum Edition” that has 10GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.