Brooklyn, New York—In true Note fashion, Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note device is big in every way: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display, 6 or 8GB RAM, 128 or 512GB storage, and a 4,000mAh battery.
Just like the rumors predicted, the stylus-toting flagship isn’t remarkably different from its predecessor—at least physically. The display is slightly bigger and the S-Pen has more tricks than ever. Probably the biggest physical difference between the Note 9 and the Note 8 is the fingerprint scanner, which has been relocated below the dual rear cameras (which means those shooters are now less prone to fingerprint smudges).
There were so many details revealed during the Unpacked event in Barclays Center, but here are some noteworthy features that really stood out:
- With the new Bluetooth-enabled S Pen, you can wirelessly control your Galaxy Note 9 within a 10-meter radius. This means you can present business pitches and activate apps with just a few clicks. Ever taken a photo with a pen? You can with the S-Pen since it can be used as a remote for the camera. The functions can also be customized depending on the user’s needs.
- Productivity and performance are taken care of by these powerful specs: 1.79GHz 64-bit Exynos 9810 octa-core processor, 6 or 8GB RAM, and a huge 128 or 512GB storage. If you pop in a 512GB microSD card, you get a phone with 1TB storage. That’s nuts, but whatever floats your boat.
- The 12MP dual rear camera system can take better low-light photos thanks to the f/2.4 and f/1.5 lens aperture. It comes with a new Scene Optimizer mode than can analyze your subject and automatically adjust the settings for you. There’s also a Flaw Detection feature that lets you know if there’s something wrong with the picture you just took so that you can take another picture without losing the moment. An immediate notification will appear if the image is blurry, the subject blinked, there is a smudge on the lens, or there’s backlight impacting the quality of the image.
- You can now use DeX without needing a dock. The Note9’s DeX software can now be accessed by plugging an external display into the phone using an HDMI cable.
- The Note9 is so powerful and naturally, you need a bigger battery to power you through the day. Samsung packed the Note9 with a 4,000mAh battery apart that supports Samsung’s adaptive fast charging.
- With stereo speakers tuned by AKG and powered by Dolby Atmos, the Galaxy Note9 promises superb sound and cinematic entertainment on-the-go.
- Android users will be able to get their Fortnite fix on Samsung devices first. None other than Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney made the announcement when he went up on stage at Barclays. Starting today, Fortnite is exclusive to Samsung Galaxy devices from the S7 and later devices until August 12. You can install Fortnite from either Samsung’s Game Launcher app or Epic’s new installer.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is priced at P55,990 (6GB + 128GB) and P75,990 (8GB + 512GB). Pre-order is from August 11 to 19.
Those who pre-order the 128GB variant will receive a free GearFit 2 Pro or Gear IconX or Galaxy Tab A7, NanoFixit protection, and 1-year insurance. Those who pre-order the 512GB variant, on the other hand, will get a 2018 32-inch Smart HD TV with 2 years of warranty, Nanofixit protection, and 1-year insurance.