Samsung Note 9 launch


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Nobody had any illusions that the Galaxy Note 9 would be cheap, but the $1,250 Samsung wants for the top configuration will definitely raise some eyebrows.

In addition, the leaked "Galaxy" skin is also confirmed as an exclusive for Samsung Galaxy owners who download the game.

This latest offering may reprise numerous major features and design elements of the Note 8, but we loved the Note 8, and still do. Although the Note 9 doesn't have any groundbreaking new feature - especially next to the Galaxy S9+ - this is still the best Note device Samsung has ever released.

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The Note 9 camera uses AI to identify what's in the shot and adjust the lighting and colors accordingly. And yes, both come with a microSD slot offering up to 512gb of storage, meaning its 1TB ready.

A number of well-known influencers are at the Samsung Unpacked event, including YouTuber Casey Neistat and French streamer Gotaga.

At the battery end of things, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features a 4000mAh power pack. The Note 9 ships from August 24, and will show up in stores from the same date.

As for the 512 GB Note 9, expect to pay handsomely for all that extra storage. And it's exactly what we have expected it to be.

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It's worth pointing out that Samsung says Internet Explorer 11 and older do not support live stream playback, and that if you're watching on a mobile device you'll need to have the latest version of either Chrome or YouTube installed.

Pre-orders for the Note 9 kick off tomorrow, at 12:01 am EDT on August 10, 2018. If you simply can't choose between the two, you can also pay $99 and get both promotional offers (and still save a few hundred bucks). Samsung will have its usual range of case options, including Note 9 folio cases which cover the whole phone, and soft-touch-finish shells. At over 200g, it will be interesting to see how this impacts long-term usage, as we found weight to be a bit of a concern with the Galaxy Note 8 itself. Samsung will sell one - pricing to be confirmed - but any standards-compliant dongle should work too.

It will probably be a couple of weeks until the phone is available to buy.

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