Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Price, Specs, Release Date

A humorous factor occurred within the six years since Samsung first introduced its line of Galaxy Note smartphones. A couple of issues occurred, extra precisely. In an effort to compete with the Note, different cellphone makers began making large-screened telephones, and later, edge-to-edge shows. Big telephones acquired better-looking, on the whole. Many had been imbued with highly effective graphics processing. And finally, the software program on different telephones started to help options like split-screen multitasking.

Few cellphone makers tailored a stylus, although. That half is actually nonetheless a Samsung factor.

But as Samsung launches its latest Note smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9, it is going through the problem of how you can differentiate. Samsung is rolling out its summer time flagship cellphone at a time when lots of the parts that make up a premium cellphone have began to converge on the excessive finish. Even Samsung’s different flagship cellphone, the Galaxy S9, comes dangerously near matching the specs of the Note line. So with this new Note, Samsung is interesting on to the power-phone devotee: an individual who desires the “best of the best,” who “loves” their specced-out phablet, and who’s “on the go,” whether or not this an individual who has three jobs, is a tattoo artist, or owns a small enterprise (examples given by Samsung’s advertising and marketing).

This particular person desires to play Fortnite on an Android cellphone. They desire a big battery—one that does not catch fireplace—and so they need thermal cooling. They need their pictures optimized by an AI; hopefully, sometime, the AI will do all the photo-taking for them. They won’t even essentially care how a lot the cellphone prices, one thing I gathered from the truth that Samsung did not have the pricing data readily available throughout Wednesday’s pre-briefing with reporters.

Take Note

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was formally unveiled immediately throughout a media occasion on the Barclays Center in New York City. Like earlier Galaxy Note telephones, the Galaxy Note 9 has an aluminum body, with Gorilla Glass on the back and front. Its measurements are near final 12 months’s Galaxy Note 8, simply barely wider, and heavier. It has a 6.4-inch, QHD+, tremendous high-resolution show with an 18.5:9 facet ratio. It is an extremely nice-looking cellphone, though its heft has not aged effectively within the period of elongated telephones just like the Galaxy S9 and the iPhone X.

It prices $1,000 for a 128 gigabyte mannequin, and $1,250 when you get the top-of-the-line mannequin.

The new Note runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, the identical chip that is powering the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. It expenses through USB-C, and lo and behold, there may be nonetheless a headphone jack. Fingerprint sensor, iris scanner, face recognition expertise—the Note 9 comes with all the bio-authentication choices. It’s water resistant and dust-proof. Those shopping for it within the US will get to decide on between 4 colours: black, copper, lavender, and a deep, “ocean blue.” And sure, it nonetheless has that stylus, often called the S Pen.

It prices $1,000 for a 128 gigabyte mannequin, and $1,250 when you get the top-of-the-line mannequin. (Samsung finally shared the value.) It’s accessible for pre-order Friday August 10, and begins transport August 24.

Extra Credit

But let’s speak in regards to the points of the Note 9 which are additional. Because that is what makes it a Note. And what higher place to start out than battery, because the Note from two years in the past was the cellphone that gained notoriety for its poorly-manufactured batteries. Since then, Samsung has established an eight-point battery examine for all of its newer telephones; final 12 months’s Note Eight suffered some scattered battery points, however they weren’t the fiery, explosive sort of issues. The Note 9 has a large battery: 4,000 milliampere hours, in contrast with 3,000mAh within the Galaxy S9. It’s the most important cellphone battery Samsung has ever shipped, and the corporate says it ought to final “all day and then some.”

The Galaxy Note 9 additionally has additional storage—once more, essentially the most Samsung has ever put right into a cellphone. The base mannequin has 128 gigabytes of inner storage and 6GB of RAM. The top-of-the-line configuration comes with 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Samsung identified when you pop a 512GB microSD card into the Note 9, you may have extra storage than you may most likely know what to do with on a smartphone.

Play Big

Samsung did not cease there. It went forward and made a take care of Epic Games—the individuals who developed Fortnite, the epically fashionable multi-platform recreation. As beforehand rumored, Fortnite Battle Royale goes to run from Samsung’s recreation launcher on the Galaxy Note 9. It’s additionally going to be accessible on the brand new Galaxy Tab S4 pill. And it is coming to some older Samsung Galaxy telephones, too.

We do not know but how lengthy Samsung’s window of exclusivity will final; however we do know now {that a} beta model of Fortnite might be coming to different Android gadgets “in the coming days,” in response to Epic Games. On these gadgets, the sport might be accessible as a direct obtain from the sport’s web site (and never by way of malware-ridden side-loaded software program). But gamers will Samsung Galaxy gadgets would be the first to be invited. Extra.


Games with heavy graphics like Fortnite can actually tax the interior elements of a cellular handset. In order to supply a stable gaming expertise with out inflicting the cellphone to overheat, Samsung has put some programs in place to throttle the Note, slowing the cellphone down in a means that does not present apparent efficiency tradeoffs.

The Galaxy Note 9 has a built-in water carbon cooling system, which isn’t new to Samsung telephones, however the one used right here is (in response to the corporate) higher than the system in older handsets. The thermal spreader, which wicks warmth away from the Note’s processor, is 3 times larger than the spreader on the Galaxy Note 8. By coupling these {hardware} options with a software program algorithm that reduces gaming framerates to ease the burden on the silicon, Samsung insists it might probably maintain the smartphone working at an optimum temperature as you recreation. Samsung hasn’t shared actual knowledge but on the cellphone’s throttled efficiency.

Here’s the Point

The S Pen is not only a stylus. It’s additionally a Bluetooth controller. Sure, it might probably nonetheless write notes, draw stuff, and scribble a memo even when the display is off. But Samsung desires to shake the notion that styli are only for jotting. You can take a selfie now with the S Pen. I did this, myself, throughout a quick hands-on session with the brand new cellphone. Long press on the pen’s aspect button, and the Galaxy Note 9’s digital camera app will open. Double-press the identical button, and the cellphone app swivels to selfie mode. Press as soon as extra, and you’ve got taken a selfie. It’s the killer app for folks with shorter arms. Also, app makers will be capable of construct out different makes use of for this Bluetooth LE distant management S Pen. The S Pen expenses if you slide it again into its nest on the aspect of the cellphone. It expenses in 40 seconds, which is additional quick.

The Galaxy Note 9’s digital camera’s enhancements are completely on the software program aspect. An AI-based algorithm that operates domestically on the cellphone can now “see” the scene you are attempting to shoot and, from a database of 20 totally different scenes, tune the digital camera to optimize the photograph it thinks you are attempting to take. Pets, flowers, avenue scenes, boring in-office pictures, nighttime jaunts—the Note 9’s digital camera app thinks for a split-second, as if it is focusing, and all of a sudden the picture you are about to seize modifications ever so barely. In the fast arms on, this principally meant that yellow sunflowers had been tweaked to look much more yellow, and a plate of tasty macaroons regarded additional colourful and attractive. If somebody blinks in a photograph now, or the photograph is blurred, the digital camera app will inform you.

Bixby, Samsung’s digital assistant, was not talked about throughout the firm’s pre-brief with journalists. Bixby, nevertheless, does stay contained in the Galaxy Note 9. At Thursday’s occasion the corporate did exhibit a few of Bixby’s new conversational options, as effectively methods by which it “knows” its customers. A Samsung govt requested for restaurant recommendations in New York, and Bixby responded with a French restaurant and supplied to make a reservation.

Sticky Note

Based on my first look, I can say the Galaxy Note 9 is a powerful smartphone. It’s additionally nonetheless an important cellphone for Samsung, which leads the worldwide market in smartphone shipments. The Note has developed considerably over the previous six years, in order that it is not a clunker of a cellphone with a pen and nice efficiency, however a market-leading cellphone with aesthetic enchantment. It is usually a automobile for Samsung to point out off new applied sciences, and the corporate has accomplished that–to a degree–with this new mannequin.

Although, as Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi mentioned in a cellphone interview with WIRED, it’s getting tougher for Samsung to maintain the Note means forward of the smartphone pack. If it was actually ingenious, it might embrace extra, “like a fingerprint reader under the display, or 5G support. But from a tech cycle perspective, some of the tech’s just not ready,” she says.

That can be additional, certainly.

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