Samsung announces Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, smart watch at a big event

People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Samsung logo, in this picture illustration in Zenica October 29, 2014. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Image/File Photo RTX2PGEF

Samsung finally unveiled its long awaited Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, as it looks to keep pace with Apple in the high end of the market.

At Brooklyn Barclays Center, Samsung took off the cover of the stylus-equipped smartphone, a companion to the previously announced Galaxy 9. Included in the Galaxy Note 9 is a new S Pen, as well as major changes to the camera, battery and storage capabilities.

The New S-Pen will be with a better accuracy and sensitivity, but the big change is that the stylus can be used as a remote control, thanks to the Bluetooth connectivity.


Also upgraded this year for the Galaxy Note 9, which is set to go on sale Aug. 24, is the battery. Although they rarely agree on much, most of the Samsung users and iPhone users can agree that the smartphone batteries have to work. Well, Samsung has heard some of the cries and introduces a larger 4,000 mAh battery, which is approximately 10 percent larger than the battery on the Galaxy Note last year 8.

Samsung execs described it as “all day battery life” during the presentation.

The new Note 9 is also 128 GB or 512 GB of onboard storage, making it even easier to save and store all your apps, photos, videos, and messages in one place. Keeping with tradition, the Note 9 will also have a 512-GB microSD card slot, so users can have more than 1 TB of storage. For comparison, the largest storage on an Apple iPhone is 256 GB, with no microSD card slot.

The new phone will not come cheap, however. Samsung said the enrty level 128 GB Note 9 costs $1,000, while the 512 GB model will cost $1,250. That is in line with the cost of the 256 GB iPhone X, in which consumers back $1,149.


In addition to the new phone, the Samsung unveiled a number of new products, including a new Galaxy Look. The Galaxy Watch comes in a 42mm, and 46mm sizes, and users can expect “a number of days on a single charge.”

The South Korean electronics giant also showed off a new wireless charger, capable of charging two devices at the same time and a new smart speaker called the Galaxy Home.

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