Samsung Announces Galaxy Note9 with Improved S Pen and upto 512GB Storage


The S Pen has same drawing prowess and levels of pressure that we saw past year but now it is also Bluetooth enabled. There's also an LTE-enabled version coming, and Samsung says the device will last "several days" on a charge... which could get rivals sweating a little. There is a notch at the top of the display with the P20 Pro, something you won't find on the Note 9, but it can be hidden with software for a seamless look. The company blamed the drop in part to disappointing demand for the Galaxy S9, but it also has been pressured by growth in Chinese competitor Huawei.

The Note 9 has a slightly larger 6.4-inch OLED display this year with the same 2960 x 1440 resolution. Now, the only thing that remains to be seen if the Note 9 will help Samsung gain back market share, as the Galaxy S9 did not meet sales expectations. While the design isn't radically different to its predecessor, that's not hugely surprising; Samsung has hit upon a winning formula with its curved, edge-to-edge displays and glass-backed frames, so it makes sense not to deviate from it too radically. Since the pen now has Bluetooth, it must be charged inside the phone. Compatible Galaxy users can download the app from the Galaxy App Store, right away. You can use the S Pen to play and pause media, remotely take a picture for selfies and group shots, and you can even use it as a clicker for presentations and slide decks.

In terms of camera, it has a 12MP primary rear camera with f/2.4-f/1.5 variable aperture, LED Flash, and 12MP secondary rear camera with f/2.4 aperture. It worked in a quick test when I intentionally shut my eyes. Both its rear cameras offer optical image stabilisation. But the highlights will be a bigger battery, a faster processor and improved cellular speeds. These are all welcome upgrades, but whether it justifies the price tag is up to the individual user.

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As with many products in the wearables category, Samsung is pitching Galaxy Watch at those of you who want to monitor your health and stay fit, though you can use the watch for a slew of other purposes - to glance at notifications or your calendar, stream Spotify, answer calls and texts, use Global Positioning System maps and transact using Samsung Pay at stores that have NFC (Near-field Communication) terminals.

It has AKG stereo speakers and also supports Dolby Atmos.

Samsung's Note series have always been Samsung's real flagship devices.

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It looks like a grill on tripod and it's Samsung's first smart speaker with the Bixby virtual voice assistant, the Galaxy Home.

There is a 4 000mAh battery on the smartphone and Samsung SA assured there have been a lot of extra checks and measures when testing batteries, especially after the Note 7 fiasco two years ago, when devices were catching alight after batteries over-heated.

By then, of course, the conversation would have moved onto a discussion of the Galaxy Note10 or some other futuristic model.

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