Curiosity 18 Aug
The South Korean giant LG recently announced the much-awaited flagship Galaxy Note 9. The device was in rumors and leaks from past few weeks and being a Samsung's flagship it remained in limelight until the day it went official. As expected the Galaxy Note 9 doesn't bring drastic changes in the design as opposed to its predecessor, however, apart from regular hardware upgrades, the device features an upgraded Bluetooth enabled S-Pen.
Being the latest flagship smartphone the Galaxy Note 9 certainly will challenge all the existing best smartphones in the market. Like always we put the latest flagship in a head-to-head comparison against its predecessor and also other smartphones of the same niche. The Galaxy Note 9 certainly inherits a lot from the Galaxy S9+ which is considered as one of the best premium smartphones in the market.
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Today we will put the Galaxy Note 9 against the LG's latest flagship V35 ThinQ. The device was announced as a successor variant of V30 which was announced back in last half of 2017. Both the Galaxy Note 9 and LG V35 ThinQ falls in premium phablets category. Those who are looking for a new phablet device will consider both the devices. We are hopeful this comparison will certainly help you better understand the real pros and cons of both the devices. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the key design differences between the two devices.
76.4 x 161.9 x 8.8 mm
6.4 inches - 2960x1440 px
75.4 x 151.7 x 7.3 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
As far as the design is a concern both the LG V35 ThinQ and Galaxy Note 9 features an aluminum chassis with glass covering the rear side, however, the finish is different on both the devices. The Galaxy Note 9 front and rear is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Up front, you will get a full View display with gently curved edges. From the front side, you may not find it different from the predecessor.
The first visual change is from the rear side. The dual rear cameras are once again placed horizontally, however, the fingerprint scanner is now shifted below the cameras. It has USB-C port for connectivity and also has the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Like its predecessor, it is an IP68 certified device which means it can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage.
The LG V35 ThinQ also has a full front-facing display with on-screen navigation buttons. Unlike most of the latest smartphones, it has a complete bezel on the top. The V35 ThinQ isn't inspired from G7 ThinQ which features a notch like the iPhone X. On the rear side, the device features dual cameras with LED flashlight right next to it.
The circular fingerprint scanner is on the rear side below the cameras. The V35 ThinQ is more feasible to use as opposed to Galaxy Note 9. It retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and also has USB-C port for connectivity and charging. Like the Galaxy Note 9, it is also an IP68 certified device. The V35 ThinQ glass rear is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which means it is not as rugged as the Note 9's glass. Overall visually both the devices look striking, however, the Galaxy Note 9 looks more premium.
The Galaxy Note 9 sports a 6.4-inches Super AMOLED dual curved display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 18.5:9 and the pixels density is 516 Pixels-per-inch. On the other hand, the V35 ThinQ comes with a 6.0-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 538 pixels-per-inch.
Both the devices have OLED display panel which means you don't have worry about the deep blacks and sharpness. Samsung's OLEDs are rated amongst the best and also due to dual curved panels the Galaxy Note 9 takes lead here.
Being the 2018 flagships both are packed with one of the best hardware straight out of the box. The Galaxy Note 9 US variant has the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset whereas the global variant has Exynos 9810 chipset. The base variant has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage whereas the top of the line model has 8GB RAM and 512GB storage. Its native storage is further expandable via MicroSD card up to 512GB. It is the first Samsung's smartphone whose native storage can be expanded up to 1TB.
The LG V35 ThinQ comes with the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC under the hood. The base variant has 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. The top of the line variant has 128GB native storage, however, it is limited to few regions only. It also supports memory expansion via MicroSD card.
If you are looking for a powerhouse the Galaxy Note 9's top of the line variant is definitely a better choice. However, the sheer power comes at a hefty price tag. In terms of performance, both are powerful enough to handle heavy multitasking and HIFI games.
|Specs||Galaxy Note 9||LG V35 ThinQ|
|Screen resolution||1440 x 2960 pixels||1440 x 2880 pixels|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810||Snapdragon 845|
|Storage||128, 512GB Expandable via MicroSD||64,128GB Expandable via MicroSD|
|Rear cameras||Dual 12MP||Dual 16MP|
|3.5mm headphone jack||Yes||Yes|
|OS||Android Oreo 8.1||Android Oreo 8.0|
Both the Galaxy Note 9 and LG V35 ThinQ comes with dual cameras on the rear side. The primary rear sensor on the Galaxy Note 9 is a 12MP module with a variable aperture between f/1.5 to f/2.4. In low-light conditions, the aperture automatically turns into f/1.5 whereas in stable lightening conditions the aperture is f/2.4. Both the sensors have Optical Image Stabilization. With the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung introduced few AI goodies like removing blur even after capturing images. The device comes with scene detection feature which allows it to detect scenes and optimize cameras settings accordingly.
On the other hand, the V35 ThinQ comes with dual 16MP sensors on the rear side. The primary sensors aperture is f/1.6 and comes with OIS. The secondary sensor is a wide-angle module with f/1.9 aperture. The dual sensors feature AI CAM which allows the device to detect 19 different scenes to adjust cameras settings accordingly. The QScan mode can be used to scan QR codes on the go instantly. Last but not the least the Super Bright Mode ensures a great level of light even in low-light scenarios. In this mode, the camera combines pixels to enhance the level of light. Up front, the selfie camera on both the devices is an 8MP module.
As OS the Galaxy Note 9 is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1 with Samsung's Experience UI layer over it. The device is pre-loaded with a number of extra features over the stock OS. The new S-Pen is Bluetooth enabled which allows the user to perform a number of tasks wirelessly. For instance, you can use a camera shutter from a distance using S Pen. It can also be used to move slides during presentations and much more.
The V35 ThinQ is running on the Android Oreo 8.0 with LG's custom UI layer. Overall experience is different on both the devices. The V35 ThinQ is more centered to be a media-centric smartphone whereas the Galaxy Note 9 is focused to enhance productivity.
The Galaxy Note 9 base variant with 128GB storage costs $999 whereas the top of the line model with 512GB storage can be purchased at $1,249. The device is up for pre-orders in the US, UK and many other regions with a release from August 24th. On the other hand, the V35 ThinQ was announced at $900. In the US only AT&T is offering carrier locked variant. The device can also be purchased from the Google Project Fi network. However, as being a couple of months older the V35 ThinQ can be purchased at the significantly lower price tag on special deals.
One of the biggest upgrades to the Galaxy Note 9 is indeed the battery cell. The device comes with a 4,000mAH battery cell. It supports super-fast charging and also wireless charging. The fast charger is shipped straight out of the box, however, the wireless charging pad is sold as an extra accessory. A 3,000mAH battery cell is on board to keep the LG V35 ThinQ lights on. It comes with Qualcomm's Quick charge 3.0 support. It also supports wireless charging support.
Both the Galaxy Note 9 and V35 ThinQ are amongst the best if you are looking for a premium phablets. The Galaxy Note 9 takes lead in hardware, software, battery, and cameras. The extra tweaks on the Note 9 make it the so far the best flagship smartphone from Samsung. In terms of native storage, it features one of the highest internal storage and also the only device which supports 512GB MicroSD card.
LG's V35 ThinQ design is also not brand new like the Note 9 but not amongst the most attractive designs. In the design and display, both are pretty much on par with each other. LG's custom software is not quite slick. Despite having a large display, the V35 ThinQ comes with a significantly smaller battery cell. Last but not the least the V35 ThinQ is $100 cheaper than the Galaxy Note 9 but the former is packed with tons of more features and better cameras, software and much more.
Undoubtedly the Galaxy Note 9 takes lead over the V35 ThinQ in almost all scenarios. Feel free to share your experience with fellow readers in the comments section below. Stay tuned.