Samsung has launched its highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 9, the latest phone in its premium range, as well as a new Galaxy Home smart speaker to challenge the likes of Apple's Home Pod and Amazon's Echo.

The Galaxy Note 9 has the best specs you’ll find in any flagship Android phone, the screen is bigger, its S Pen has more tricks than ever before, and the battery is huge. Oh, and Samsung’s DeX software is now built right into the phone — no dock required — so you can plug it into any external display for a desktop-like experience.

Galaxy Note 9 will be sold in two configurations: there’s a 128GB / 6GB RAM and a top-tier 512GB / 8GB RAM version. Preorders begin today August 10th, and the phone will be available on August 24th at all major carriers or direct (and unlocked) from Samsung.

Note 9 comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD+  Super AMOLED Display – an end-to-end, bezel-less screen that extends to the phone’s sides, similar to the Note8.

It has 12-megapixel rear camera with variable aperture tech that uses f/1.5 aperture for night shots for a brighter picture and f/2.4 aperture for normal shots in the daytime as well as a secondary 12MP Telephoto lens for live focus for bokeh effect with background blur, similar to the S9+.

It has Iris scanner, fingerprint sensor present below the camera, like the S9 series. It’s also water resistant up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes with IP68 ratings. It comes with Bixby assistant that was first introduced with the S8 series and also has a dedicated Bixby hardware button.

S Pen and Camera
Samsung produced a new S Pen for the Note 9, too, which features Bluetooth low-energy connectivity.

This lets owners use the pen as a remote control for the device, controlling actions such as taking photos, going through slideshows, playing and pausing videos, and more.

Samsung has finally increased the battery capacity to 4000mAh, which is the largest on its flagship device till date. This supports both wired Adaptive fast charging as well as wireless fast charging.

Specification of Samsung Galaxy Note 9

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCHAnnounced2018, August
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 24th August 2018
BODYDimensions161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 in)
Weight201 g (7.09 oz)
BuildFront/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
- IP68 dust/waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
- Stylus (Bluetooth integration)
DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.4 inches, 103.2 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~516 ppi density)
MultitouchYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
- HDR10 compliant
- Always-on display
PLATFORMOSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
ChipsetExynos 9810 Octa - EMEA
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 - USA/LATAM, China
CPUOcta-core (4x2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) - EMEA
Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) - USA/LATAM, China
GPUMali-G72 MP18 - EMEA
Adreno 630 - USA/LATAM, China
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM model only
Internal512 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERADual12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6", 1µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
FeaturesLED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Video2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec
SELFIE CAMERASingle8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6", 1.22µm, AF
FeaturesDual video call, Auto-HDR
Video1440p@30fps
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackYes
- 32-bit/384kHz audio
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFCYes
RadioNo
USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURESSensorsIris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML5
- Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
- Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
- Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
- ANT+ support
- Bixby natural language commands and dictation
- MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
- Photo/video editor
- Document editor
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
MISCColorsMetallic copper, Lavender purple, Ocean blue, Midnight black



The Galaxy Note 9 will be available from 24 August 2018 in four colors – Midnight Black, Lavender Purple, Metallic Copper – with matching S Pen – and Ocean Blue with a yellow S Pen.

Price
It is priced at $999.99 (N 360,000 approx.) for the 6GB RAM+ 128GB storage version and the 8GB RAM with 512GB version costs $1,249.99 (N449,900 approx.).

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