While it might seem like the Galaxy S9 only just hit shelves, the next big thing from Samsung is upon us: Samsung has launched its Galaxy Note 9 at its Unpacked event in Brooklyn—Rumors have been flowing for weeks about the new phablet phone—and it’s already shaping up to be one of the best phones of 2018.
The new release follows a quarter of disappointing sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S9. Samsung is facing increased pressure from Chinese smartphone makers overseas and a continued battle with Apple for market share in the United States.
The Note line, which set the trend for large-screen phones and includes a stylus, has traditionally been one of Samsung’s most distinctive and has acted as a testing ground for new features. And despite a disastrous spate of battery fires that prompted the recall of the Note 7, the Note line has proved to be the Samsung product with the most loyal following.
In recent event that was largely leaked ahead of time, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship device, which represents the high in high/low strategy that aims to create premium devices while fending off low-priced Android competitors. Note 9 have all you want in a smartphone and more. Below are the specs:
Galaxy Note 9 Specifications
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.35 GHz quad-core
Display: 6.4 inch, 2960×1440-pixel resolution Super AMOLED
Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo
RAM: 6GB/8GB LPDDR4
Storage: 128GB/512GB internal with microSD expansion card slot
Cameras: 12-megapixel rear f/1.5 and f/2.4 super speed dual pixel OIS camera with dual aperture and 12-megapixel telephoto f/2.4 OIS camera; 8-megapixel f/1.7 front-facing camera.
Water resistance: IP68 water and dust rating
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, ANT+, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/BeiDou, MST, and NFC
Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, and Pressure Sensor.
Battery: 4,000mAh non-removable with Quick Charge and fast wireless charging.
Dimensions: 161.9mm x 76.4mm x 8.8mm and 201g. It’s nice to see ample RAM, vast amounts of storage with inexpensive expansion options, continued inclusion of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, and just about everything but the kitchen sink included in one device.
Samsung has also partnered with Epic Games to launch the hit game Fortnite on its own devices during a beta program. The game will open up to other devices at a later date, but for now, it’s Samsung only. Galaxy Note 9 and Tab S4 owners will also get access to an exclusive “Galaxy” skin
Preorders for the Galaxy Note 9 start Aug. 10 with availability Aug. 24. The 128GB Galaxy Note 9 will go for $999.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, Samsung, Target, Walmart and other retailers. The 512GB Galaxy Note 9 will be available at AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular and Samsung for $1,249.99.
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