Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 9 with 6.4" display, more storage, 4,000mAh battery, redesigned...

Shawn Knight

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Samsung on Thursday at its Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event in New York City officially unveiled its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9.

The new phablet features a 6.4-inch display Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display operating at a resolution of 2,960 x 1,440 (516 PPI) although oddly enough, Samsung says the phone is set to a default resolution of Full HD+ but can be changed to Quad HD+ in the settings (my guess is for battery management purposes / improved performance in games).

Under the hood is a 10-nanometer octa-core processor (either a Snapdragon 845 or Samsung’s own Exynos depending on your region) alongside up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of local storage or 8GB of RAM and a whopping 512GB of storage. Both configurations afford a microSD card slot that can accept up to 512GB cards so in theory, you could get 1TB of local storage with the 512GB configuration and a 512GB card.

The Note 9 features a dual rear-facing camera array with a wide-angle 12-megapixel shooter (with dual aperture f/1.5 and f/2.4 lens) and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture. Both offer optical image stabilization. Up front is an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture for selfie needs.

Samsung’s latest also packs a sizable 4,000mAh battery with Fast Charging and wireless capabilities and will ship running Android 8.1 Oreo. It also carries an IP68 dust and water resistance rating meaning it can be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

It wouldn’t be a Note without the S Pen and this year’s iteration really impresses. That’s because you can use the S Pen as a wireless remote control for the Note 9 via Bluetooth. Want to snap a selfie? Simply set the phone up, step back and use the S Pen to wirelessly trigger the camera. You can also use the S Pen to play or pause YouTube videos, flip through slides in a PowerPoint presentation and more.

Samsung during its presentation trotted out Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney to announce that Fortnite Battle Royale is now available on Galaxy phones in beta. It’ll be a Samsung exclusive until August 12, we’re told. For a full list of Fortnite-compatible Android devices, check out Epic’s website.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launches on August 24 in select markets in your choice of midnight black, lavender purple, metallic copper with matching S Pen and ocean blue with a yellow S Pen. Samsung didn’t mention pricing but according to T-Mobile, the 128GB Note 9 will command $999.99 while the larger 512GB will set you back $1,249.99.

Those who pre-order a Note 9 between August 10 and August 23 can score a free pair of AKG noise cancelling headphones or a Fortnite Galaxy skin with 15,000 V-bucks. More details are the offer can be found on Samsung’s promotional website.

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Xclusiveitalian

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That white glare from the edge of the screen bending and reflecting the light is the worst design in a phone I have ever seen. Yes I know it has been in previous phones too, and it's horrible, period.
 
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dj2017

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This isn't going to the right direction. It's obvious that Apple and Samsung don't only compete on who will offer the best phone, but also who will put the biggest price tag on it. Because, you know, pricier = better. Right?
 
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lazer

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Sounds like a great phone with only one draw back: the price.

I have an old LG that is great. I can call people and send sms and whatsapp and a few other apps and music and videos and it cost me under $150 when I bought it about two years ago.

dont need the super duper best, just something good and reliable (and cheap)....
 

Squid Surprise

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So fortnight is a Samsung exclusive until Aug 12, but this doesn’t come out until the 24th.... are we sure that date is right? Unless it isn’t, the “exclusive” is meaningless...
 

Nobina

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It is the best looking phone imo and it has all the specs but I don't think it justifies the price. Playing Fortnite on it will be **** like on any phone so ditch that.
 
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senketsu

In Canada "the 512GB model increases the cost of the phone to $1,629.99"
'nuff said.
 

tipstir

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Where is the tri-fold model isn't that suppose to be coming out. These phone models are just the same old style which starting to cost more than 1K. Who's going to pay so much for hand held cell phone acting like small tablet. 6.4 inch that's huge. Bigger doesn't mean better. They don't even make it shatter proof. It falls it cracks along those fancy sides. CEO of Samsung must think this is the best flagship phone he ever comes up with. When transparent tech comes out or the next sort of thin sheet cell that won't crack or shatter but can be tucked into your shirt or pocket without the fear of it getting damaged. Those would sell at 1K and then drop down to a normal price point. Cell phone makers just testing to see how many of us will pay over 1K for the same OLD type of styling and features. The only thing changes is the OS version.
 
So fortnight is a Samsung exclusive until Aug 12, but this doesn’t come out until the 24th.... are we sure that date is right? Unless it isn’t, the “exclusive” is meaningless...
Thought the same at first but then realized they meant other Samsung phones. S7 and newer.
 

SantistaUSA

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That white glare from the edge of the screen bending and reflecting the light is the worst design in a phone I have ever seen. Yes I know it has been in previous phones too, and it's horrible, period.
Completely agree, I've tried the S8 when it first came out but the glare from the edges just bothered me too much so I returned it and got the S7. If Samsung continues with the "infinity" screen design I won't ever own their phones again.
 

gc757

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Very nice gadget! Honestly, I can't wait until these things go up in price.... Say like a couple of hundred thousand dollars so I can take out a mortgage and live in the da%ned thing...