Reimagined Galaxy Note 9 camera does not beat Huawei P20 Pro and HTC U12 + on DxOMark

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was officially announced in early August and by the end of the same month it was already landing here in Brazil to begin its pre-sale period, which will run until September 13. But does the company’s new device follow the same quality line as the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus ?

Analyzing the tests conducted by the DxOMark website , we will see how the cell phone went out, and if it really delivers the reimagined cameras promised by Samsung in its marketing. An important point worth mentioning is that the device could not surpass the best smartphone in the world for photography in 2018, the Huawei P20 Pro .

The great difference of the Note 9 cameras is due to the 12 MP resolution and f / 1.5 or f / 2.4 variable aperture, which adapt to different brightness, guaranteeing high quality photographs in different environments and guarantee the versatility of the device, especially for those who work with content creation for social networks.

Aiming to gather enough content for the experiments, the site captured more than 1,500 photographs and a time of more than 2 hours of video, in different internal and external environments, using the camera’s standard settings. According to the final analysis, Note 9 “offers a well-balanced mix of photos and videos and delivers excellent picture quality in a wide range of lighting conditions.”

The smartphone got 103 points in the overall ranking. This number came from an average that took into account the results obtained with the photo and video captures. In images the device managed to score 107, but in filming he scored 94 points.

Exposure and contrast

The flagship achieved a great score in the category due to its high quality in high contrast photographs, achieving a good balance between sharpness in details and shadows captured. Despite the positives, at times the exposure has been inconstant in continuous shooting, something that can be a problem for those who have the unique opportunity to capture a moment.

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Using the HDR mode enabled, the enhancement of the camera software in photography is noticeable, leaving environments overexposed by ambient light visible and with a much better lighting balance. In images against the light, it is clear that even the leader of the ranking can not deliver good results, but in Note 9 the bottom is a little less detailed than in the top of the line of Huawei.

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Taking into account the accuracy of the colors delivered, Note 9 can achieve a great balance and precision, compared to what is seen with the naked eye. Regardless of the environment, be it internal or external, the smartphone can deliver bright and vivid colors, achieving a good balance of white, something that is decisive for the overall quality of the photographs.

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The highest score of the device is due to its auto mega fast focus, something that is already a highlight in the brand. However, it can not deliver the desired speed on a premium device, despite its superiority over the S9 Plus.

Zoom and bokeh

Regarding the capture of details in long distance, Note 9 is one of the best, because the secondary camera of the device allows for better capture of details, which facilitates the sharpness of objects even with 2x zoom applied, an element that gives the device .

It is a feature that has great quality in the smartphone, since the software can make the lens work with the contour in the foreground and background, leaving the effect much more realistic, accurate and natural, both in people and in objects, something that still does not occur in some brands.

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Video recording

Taking into account the growth in the use of mobile devices to make video recordings, Note 9 manages to deliver good quality. With 94 points, the average came from the analysis of 7 important elements for filming: Exposure (83), Color (87), Autofocus (98), Texture (54), Noise (72), Artifacts (82) and Stabilization . The highlight of it is the focus and automatic stabilization, since they are essential tools for those who record videos on the move.

Pros and cons

The smart points of the smartphone are due to the excellent stabilization and autofocus for shooting and photography, both indoors and out, the balance between sharpness and noise reduction, something that makes a big difference in the final result of photography and helps those who do the application of effects.

However, despite the variable opening, the results delivered in low light do not deserve, which makes us rethink the concept of “reimagined camera” that Samsung applies in the marketing of its top-line devices of 2018. Another negative point is the account of the inaccuracies of the exposure, causing the automatic mode to leave the quality of the images well below what this cell phone should deliver.


As already foreseen, the Galaxy Note 9 managed to surpass its brother “minor”, the S9 Plus . However, unexpectedly, he tied with the HTC U12 + in the overall score, but did not stay in the vice-lead because he lost in shooting quality by 1 point . The “king of DxOMark” in 2018, the Huawei P20 Pro , is still in the lead and will only be outdated next year, as he managed to get 6 points above the Samsung smartphone overall and we still have no concept of that the OnePlus 6T will be able to realize with its photographic lenses.

  • 6.4 “screen with Quad HD resolution +
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6GB / 128GB or 8GB / 512GB
  • 12 MP wide-angle main camera with variable f / 1.5 or f / 2.4 aperture
  • 12 MP Telephoto lens with f / 2.4 aperture
  • Up to 2x optical zoom
  • 8 MP f / 1.7 selfies camera
  • Dimensions 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
  • Weight 210 grams
  • IP68 Certification
  • S Pen: 5.7 x 4.35 x 106.37mm, 3.1g, IP68
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Operating System Oreo

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is available at Casas Bahia for R $ 4,839 . To see the other 14 offers click here .



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