Samsung launches Galaxy Note 9 with Bluetooth enabled S-Pen, starts at $999

Samsung has finally unveiled the curtains behind Galaxy Note 9 yesterday. Everything was as expected, with few surprises here and there. The specs of the device had leaked already so there’s not much to tell about them that you may not know already, but still here’s a quick refresher: there’s a 6.4-inch display with 2,960 x 1,440 px resolution, Snapdragon 845 processor, a bigger 4,000 mAh battery capable of providing all-day battery life and an S Pen that’s smarter than ever. The primary camera is 12mp+12mp dual lens shooter, and an 8 mp selfie camera accompanies it to complete the package. On the storage front you get 2 choices – 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage and 8GB RAM + 512GB internal storage.

That is mostly what we already knew. Now let’s take a look at some things that didn’t know before this event. The camera of Galaxy Note 9 uses smarter AI features than any other camera installed by the company in any smartphone to date. It can detect blinks and blurs right at the time of capturing the image and warn you immediately to retake the shot. Samsung DeX, which we saw in action a few days back on Galaxy Tab S4, comes with Galaxy Note 9 too and works without purchasing any separate piece of hardware. The device also supports memory cards up to 512GB, so if you put it into the 8GB RAM version you get a phone with 1TB of storage capacity!

The signature hardware and software features of the device are also in place. You get everything that you would expect from a Note: water resistance, dust resistance, fast wireless charging and even a headphone jack, which is being eliminated from most modern smartphones. You also get the new S Pen with Bluetooth technology, which can now double up as a remote shutter for the camera, slide clicker for presentations and play/pause button for music playback. By default holding the button of S Pen opens the camera app, but that shortcut can be customized to open other apps too.

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Finally, the DeX mode can be enabled simply by plugging an external display into the phone via HDMI cable. And once you do that, you get a very PC-like experience with this phone. This functionality was much needed on this smartphone as it belongs to a family of devices that symbolize performance and productivity. In some cases, it works even better than a full-fledged PC, because its display continues to work normally, unlike the previous hardware-based DeX that used to completely black out the display. If you wish, you can also use its screen as a virtual keyboard or trackpad to enter certain information. We’re also hearing that a liquid cooling system is also present in this phone to help Snapdragon 845 take care of these intensive performance requirements.

And what about that Fortnite exclusive, you may be wondering. Well, it’s indeed exclusive to the Galaxy Android smartphones. However, it’s gonna be a weirdly short exclusive because the exclusivity period will expire by the end of this week.

Color options

The color options available for Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be available in Ocean Blue, Metallic Copper (Brown) and Midnight Black color options only. It can be pre-ordered from Samsung’s website and it will cost you $999 for 6GB RAM version and $1,249 for 8GB RAM variant. If you wish you can also pre-order it from the carrier of your choices such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular. You can check the pre-order plans of your preferred carrier on its official website.

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