The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was unveiled today at an event in New York with the Korean tech major clearly hoping that the much-improved S Pen will help it hold on to its users and even gain new ones. While the phone packs the largest battery ever on a Samsung device and a horizontal dual camera set-up, it will be the S Pen that will have to sell this phone. The Note 9 is also compatible for 512GB internal as well as external storage, technically making it the first phone in which you can store 1TB of content.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will come in two variants with a price of $999 for the base 6GB RAM+128GB option. The 8GB RAM and 512GB version will cost $1249. It will be available on sale from August 24 in the US. The India availability and price has not yet been confirmed.
“We have laid foundation to move beyond smart devices to intelligent experiences,” said Samsung President D J Koh.
Samsung has a lot riding on the Galaxy Note 9, the sales of which will have to compensate for the dull sales of the Galaxy S9 series. And it seems Samsung will bank greatly on the loyal Note users to help sales pick up.
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In fact, Samsung claims the S Pen is the top reason people buy the Note series, followed by its display size and quality. If these 64 per cent users come back to the Note, it is because of the S Pen, then the Note 9 will be a winner given that Samsung flagship’s stylus now comes with low power Bluetooth connectivity that lets it be a clicker for presentations, a remote while watching video and even a camera trigger.
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The phone also offers a 4000 mAh battery, which could be a good reason for a lot of people to opt for this phone. Samsung has been smart in making this phone, which is thicker and heavier, but looks and feel thinner with its diamond cut edges.
While the global edition will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, in India it will be running on Samsung’s Exynos chipset. India will also get dual SIM version as is the norm. Samsung is also going back to a carbon fiber system along with its water cooling to keep the phone cool during heavy gaming.
The phone will also be Dex enabled and will no longer need the dock to connect with the monitor. Also, with Dex users will be able to run other programmes simultaneously, even as something is being presented on a larger screen.
The camera module is almost the same (12MP wide and 12MP telephoto) as the Note 8, but now has the fingerprint scanner below. Samsung is also packing some artificial intelligence into the camera, which will now be able to detect up to 20 scenes.
The phone will also feature Giga LTE (Cat 18) with downloads speeds as high as 1.2Gbps per second. However, it is not clear if this will be supported in India.
Available in four colours — midnight black, metallic copper, ocean blue and lavender purple — the phone will weight 205 grams. There will be two versions — 128GB with 6GB RAM – 512GB with 8GB RAM. Samsung is also preparing its own 512 GB memory card to take on this challenge. The flagship phone will have IP68 rating for dust and water-resistance.
Samsung also launched a Galaxy Watch with LTE connectivity and multiple day battery life. There was also a Galaxy Home smart speaker which will be powered by the Bixby smart assistant.
Disclaimer: The author is in New York attending the Galaxy Note 9 launch at the invite of Samsung India