Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at Samsung Unpacked — Unboxing for Business

Todd Singleton
August 12, 2018

But don't expect earth-shattering features.

The minor improvements reflect a smartphone industry that has largely pushed the limits on hardware. Apart from the ability to take notes, the S-pen can now connect to your phone through Bluetooth and perform multiple functions like a remote shutter for your camera, play or pause music/videos, change presentation slides, etc. But the highlights will be a bigger battery, a faster processor and improved cellular speeds. "Everything is a little bit better, but nothing's revolutionary".

Two years ago, the Note became notorious in the annals of disastrous launches when reports of the phone's battery exploding started to surface. The battery's bound to get most of the attention, what with the not-so-recent history of the exploding Note 7 recall.

Samsung didn't reveal much about the Galaxy Home during its event. The company is also sending phones to outside labs, including UL, for independent safety tests.

Samsung made several big announcements today. "This is the right innovation at the right time".

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 6GB RAM with128GB storage variant comes with the price tag of Rs. 67,900 (in India) and $999 (in the US), while the 8GB RAM with 512GB internal storage cost Rs. 84,900 (in India) and $1,250 (in the US).

The current Note 8 maxes out at 256 GB. Borrowing from the iPhone's playbook, the Note 9 will have the same US price regardless of carrier.

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Samsung's Note phones are large, niche devices intended for power users, but they offer a preview of likely features in the mass-market Galaxy S line.

In a gaming coup for Samsung, Fortnite maker Epic Games also made an appearance during the announcement in NY to confirm the popular battle royale game will launch in beta on the Android mobile operating system for the first time this week.

The camera will also alert users if it detects a blur in a photo so they can quickly retake it.

The camera will also offer a warning if someone blinked in a shot, or if the image is blurry. The key reason why a person invests in a Note-series device is the stylus capability.

WHAT: For the next few days, owners of Galaxy devices will have first access to Fortnite beta on Android before it's more widely available. The Galaxy Note9, the Galaxy Watch, and the soon to come Galaxy Home. It promises quality sound, in a potential challenge to Apple's Siri-based HomePod speaker.

The worst kept smartphone secret of the year has finally and mercifully been unveiled, and to no one's surprise. there aren't many surprises. The new smart speaker also supports Spotify music streaming service.

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