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Can the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 replace my PC?

Posted on Jan 30, 2019.

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Everyone has anticipated the day that smartphones become more powerful than PCs... has that day finally arrived?

The majority of people, if not all, use their smartphones for more than just the basic functions. Over time, smartphones have become more and more powerful to the point where we can perform almost any task, including ones that we would have originally relied on laptops for, through one single device. Ever since this smartphone domination, manufacturers have been claiming they have created the perfect balance between a smartphone and a PC so that you only need one device for all tasks, but failing to live up to expectations when tested. However, the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has really made an impact in the tech world.

The 'Note 9' is boasting some pretty impressive specifications, but the main question on everyone's mind is... "Will I be able to write and work using this smartphone?"


  • Octa-core processor.

  • 6GB of RAM

  • 128 GB storage

  • In terms of specs, it rivals a number of budget and mid-range laptops.

  • Another version with 8GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage.

  • 6.4-inch screen, which is great for web browsing, composing emails, etc.

  • 4,000 mAh battery (can survive through a full working day).

  • S Pen stylus included with the smartphone (Great for notes).

  • Average UK price: ¬£700 (Daunting cost, but it is important to consider the fact that it is almost essentially 2 devices in 1).

  • An option of buying on contract instead of outright.


  • DeX feature: Allows connection to a monitor and use a Windows-like desktop to work on apps.

  • Past smartphones had to use DeX Station (which is an additional expense) to access Samsung's DeX feature.

  • Can also use the DeX interface by using a USB-C to HDMI cable.

  • With access to a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, you can get a laptop-like experience from the smartphone.

Our Senior Software Developer, David Carr, decided to give the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 a try, and this is his verdict:

"I've been really surprised with the tablet, for its size it's really powerful. DeX mode essentially turns the tablet into a laptop with the traditional desktop, taskbar and apps menu. Using an HDMI cable or a dock you can link the tablet to a monitor! Working with the Cloud has never been this easy, and using the keyboard case, you can do everything you would at the office but on the move. Having said that, DeX is not perfect yet. Not all apps work fully but it has come on leaps and bounds in only a few months."

Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 definitely emulates a desktop-like experience, especially with being able to connect it to a number of laptop-like hardware. However, many people have stated that although the 'Note 9' is larger than your standard smartphone, the screen is still not the same size as a laptop screen, and for this reason, it can not fully replace a laptop. Regardless of the above verdicts, whether the 'Note 9' can replace a laptop or not fully depends on the user and what they are wanting to use it for.

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