Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch HIGHLIGHTS: Note 9, Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Home speaker unveiled

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price, specifications, features launch HIGHLIGHTS: Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 9 today at the company's "Unpacked" event in New York.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New York | Updated: August 10, 2018 3:47:04 am
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price, specifications, features launch HIGHLIGHTS: Samsung has unveiled its new flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, at an “Unpacked” event in New York today. The 128GB variant of Galaxy Note will be available in the US in stores and online on August 24 for $999.99 while the 512GB variant of the phone will be available at select retail locations and online starting August 24 for $1,249.99.

This year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a lot riding on it, given that the S9 series was not a big commercial success. Also, there a lot of phones, especially from OnePlus and Huawei, that offer similar features but at better price points.

Every year Samsung launches a second flagship, traditionally with a larger screen and battery, before the holiday season. The Note 9, which comes almost half a year after the S series flagship has been able to garner a dedicated bunch of loyalists over the years.

Also read: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 first impressions: A more powerful phone, an S Pen more capable

The Note 9 will have to do two things primarily — one, hold on to its loyalists and two, bring in new users. The first aspect will be easier, given that the Note is still a very unique phone with hardly any competition, thanks to its S Pen stylus. The second aspect will be tougher as given the price point there are many phones that offer much more.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch HIGHLIGHTS from New York Unpacked event. See what’s new with the S Pen and other Note 9 features

22:18 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Watch: Here is everything to know

Samsung announces the all-new Galaxy Watch with AMOLED display, Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ and IP68 rated water resistance. The new wearable is claimed to survive "several days" on a single charge.

21:31 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch live updates: Partnership with Spotify announced

Samsung also announces a partnership with Spotify for feeding the new ecosystem. Will this also be Spotify’s entry into India? Spotify is now going to be on Samsung TVs and Galaxy Home devices, moving seamless from one device to the other.

21:29 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Home unveiled, here are the features

Samsung Galaxy Home is powered by the company's voice-assistant Bixby. It sports a fabric design with three legs. It comes with AKG-tuned speakers and eight microphones for far field recognition. Do not expect it to come to India soon.

21:16 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung Galaxy Watch showcased at the event. The device will have LTE connection and it will be available in two sizes. Galaxy Watch will be water resistant. Galaxy Watch can last several days on a single charge, says the company. The new wireless charger duo can help charge the Watch along with the Note 9.

21:13 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Price and availability

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be available in two new colours - Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple. The128GB Galaxy Note 9 variant will be available in the US in stores and online beginning August 24 for $999.99. The 512GB storage Galaxy Note 9 will be available at select retail locations and online starting August 24 for $1,249.99. Pre-orders will begin at 12:01 a.m. EDT on August 10.

21:03 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
S Pen now supports Bluetooth, can take photos wirelessly

The S Pen can now take photos by connecting wirelessly to the phone. It also controls video plays and even presentations. This is cool. 

20:59 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 dual cameras features explained, now take photos with S Pen

The Samsung camera can now detect a flaw and notify the user. That’s a good use of AI. Also, there is 20 scene recognition and optimised colour tones.

20:57 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes with water-cooled carbon system

AKG speakers will be loudest ever on a Note, says Samsung. To keep it cool for gamers, the Note 9 will come with new water-cooled carbon system.

20:54 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes in 512GB storage variant, Fortnite coming to Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will have a 128GB storage variant. Wow... there is a 512GB version which even has a 512GB external storage option. That’s a total of 1TB storage on the phone. The first in any phone. The phone packs a 10nm Snapdragon processor, but India will get Exynos again we guess. Yes, Fortnite is coming to the Note. The Fortnite beta is coming to Android this week, Galaxy devices owners to be first invitees.

20:51 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with 4,000mAh battery launched, here are ist features

"Note let’s you do more. So the screen is 6.4 inches, the largest ever on a Note device," says the company. A specialised diamond cutting technique gives the phone a modern look. The fingerprint scanner is now under the camera, which incidentally has gone horizontal.  The screen off memos now have colour, so does the S Pen in yellow. The largest ever battery on a Note at 4000 mAh. That should last a full day despite the screen.

20:36 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch event starts, DJ Koh on stage

Samsung makes a statement about the Note and its success over the years. DJ Koh is on stage. 'Loyalty to the Note,' will be the keyword for Samsung at the event. Koh says the Note forces users to break through barriers. “We have laid the foundation to move beyond smart devices to intelligent experiences,” says Samsung President DJ Koh.

20:22 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung galaxy Note 9 launch live updates: Is there more than the phone?

15 minutes to go. There are still a lot of empty seats inside the huge Barclays Center venue. There is a lot of buzz that Samsung will announce more than just the Note 9. Will it be the Bixby speaker and a new Gear Watch?

20:14 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 expected design and display

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to sport the same Infinity display design that we saw on the Galaxy Note 8. The phone is said to come with a 6.4-inch SAMOLED display and 2K resolution. The phone will have a USB Type-C port for charging and Note 9 is likely to ditch a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The phone is said to come with IP68 water and dust-resistance, just like its predecessor.

20:01 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch live updates: What's with the LED wristband?

All guests at Samsung's "Unpacked" event have been given LED wristbands. The light inside is blue. Yes, Samsung has something planned.

19:46 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 expected price, sale date in India

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be priced at Rs 72,990 for the base storage model,  according to a 91Mobiles report. Do note that the company itself has not made details of India launch, pricing, etc official and the report needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Galaxy Note 9 will reportedly launch in India within a week of its global debut, between August 12 to August 16. The phone is said to go on sale in the first week of September.

19:34 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch event to start at 8:30 PM IST

Samsung is gearing up to launch its "Unpacked" event in New York at 11 AM local time. In India, the event starts at 8:30 PM. 

19:24 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be Flipkart exclusive in India

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 listing page is already live on Flipkart, suggesting the phone will be exclusive to the e-commerce site in India. People can click on the "Notify me" option to get notified when Note 9 becomes available. As per a report in 91Mobiles, the phone will be announced in India within a week and pre-orders will begin August 19. Of course, we will have to wait for official confirmation to know more.

19:08 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: India timings, how to watch livestream, and more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be officially unveiled at the company's "Unpacked" event in New York on August 9, which is today. The event starts at 11 AM local time, which is 8:30 PM in India. Samsung will stream the event live on its India website. Also, updates on Samsung's Facebook and Twitter pages will also be available.

The first Galaxy Note phone was launched in 2011, aimed at business users. Bigger battery and S Pen differentiate Samsung's Galaxy Note series from its 'S' series smartphones. Samsung Galaxy Note shipped with a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED HD display and the phone also supported 3G as well as WiFi. Galaxy Note 2 has a bigger 5.55-inch screen along with an improved stylus. The two phones made their debut at IFA in Berlin in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4 were launched with 5.7-inch display in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The highlights of Galaxy Note 3 were its 4G compatibility and ability to shoot 4K videos. The Note 4 was announced at IFA and it was the company's first smartphone, which was compatible with Samsung Gear VR.

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A look at the detailed features and specifications

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 proved to be a disaster for the company thanks to battery heating and exploding issues. The phone was discontinued shortly after reports of its battery exploding. Galaxy Note 8 is the predecessor to the upcoming Galaxy Note 9. It was launched with a newer Infinity display, dual rear cameras as well as features like live message for S Pen.