At an event in New York today, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. revealed the latest addition to its Galaxy family, the Galaxy Note9, a premium smartphone that works with a new S Pen with Bluetooth connectivity, and boasts Samsung's most intelligent camera to date.
"The Note has always been our showcase for premium technology and industry-defining innovation, and Galaxy Note9 is no exception," says DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. "It's designed for a level of performance, power and intelligence that today's power users want and need. Note fans are Samsung's most loyal; we know they want it all, to get the most out of work and play, and Galaxy Note9 is the only phone that can keep up with their busy lives."
The Galaxy Note9 has a 4,000mAh battery that can last all day for talk, text, playing games, and watching movies. It comes in either a 128GB or 512GB version, with the ability to accept optional microSD cards up to 1TB in size for additional memory.
With a 10nm processor and support for speeds up to 1.2 gigabits per second for streaming and downloading, the smartphone also includes a Samsung-developed Water Carbon Cooling system and an on-device AI-based performance adjusting algorithm to deliver powerful and stable performance, says the company.
The S Pen is the signature feature of the Note series, and it now features Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) support. With just a click, you can take selfies and group pictures, present slides, pause and play video, and more.
In the camera, there are several new features. Scene Optimizer uses intelligence to identify elements of a photo, such as scene and subject, and automatically classify it into one of 20 categories and instantly optimize it based on the category. Flaw Detection lets users know if there's something wrong with a photo so they 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. Additionally, the camera comes with
advanced noise reduction technology, and a Dual Aperture lens, which adjusts to light just like the human eye.
The Galaxy Note9 has the largest edge-to-edge display yet on a Note, with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display that is complemented by stereo speakers that are tuned by AKG and the ability to deliver Dolby Atmos immersive audio for a heightened experience.
Using Samsung DeX, you can work on presentations, edit photos, and watch favourite shows on a phone. When connected to a monitor via HDMI adapters, the Note9 can power a virtualized desktop, and serve as a fully-functional second screen. Take notes with the S Pen while watching a video, or use Galaxy Note9 as a trackpad to right-click, drag and drop, and use multiple windows on a monitor all at the same time.
Additional features of the device include fast wireless charging; IP68 water and dust resistance; Samsung Health; Samsung Pay; and Samsung's defense-grade nox security platform and biometric security options, including fingerprint scanning, iris scanning, and facial recognition capabilities.
Use Galaxy Note9 and SmartThings to control connected devices, or get more done with Bixby6, a personalized, intelligent assistant.
In Canada, Galaxy Note9 will be offered in midnight black with matching S Pen and in ocean blue with a yellow S Pen. At launch, it will be available for an MSRP of $1,300 for the 128GB option and $1,630 for the 512GB model.
Galaxy Note9 carrier versions will be available for pre-order beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on August 9, 2018. Consumers who purchase the Galaxy Note9 device between August 9 and 23, 2018 will also receive a bonus Samsung Gear IconX (retail value $300). Bell Canada, Rogers Wireless, Telus, Freedom Mobile, and Videotron will all carry the 128GB Note9 in stores and online beginning August 24, 2018. The 512GB model will only be available in midnight black in Canada exclusively at Samsung.com/ca and Samsung Experience Stores.
Learn more in our first impressions hands-on report of the device.