Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Pricing, Specs, Features & More
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has finally been officially announced, and it's awesome in every sense of the word. From the stunning 6.4-inch AMOLED displayto the 4000mAh battery for extra-long battery life, there's so much to love about the newest Galaxy Note phone, even with the hefty $999 price tag. This much-anticipated new smartphone from Samsung is set to change the smartphone game for 2018, and preorders for the new Note 9 are sure to hit a record high for Samsung. Is the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 right for you? Keep reading to learn more about specs, features, pricing and more!
At its core, the Note 9 is nearly-identical to the last big Samsung smartphone release - the Galaxy S9+. Like the S9+, the Note 9 sports the same Snapdragon 845 processor paired with 6GB of RAM. Other features, such as stereo speakers, headphone jack, USB-C port, fingerprint sensor, MicroSD slot and button layout are also basically the same. Even the cameras on the two devices are identical as far as hardware is concerned. Note 9 sports a better battery life (roughly 14 percent better), however, and the fingerprint sensor has been moved to a much more comfortable spot. And of course, the Note 9 also comes with an upgraded version of the famous S Pen, which truly sets the Note 9 apart from the S9+. Base storage on the Note 9 is 128GB paired with 6GB of RAM, though power-users will likely prefer the 512GB option paired with a whopping 8GB of RAM for even faster response times.
The new Bluetooth S Pen is the true attention-stealer of the Note 9. The newest S Pen comes with all the same great features everyone loved about previous S Pens, but now has added wireless capabilities via Bluetooth technology, which means the newest S Pen can launch apps and perform other valuable tasks inside most apps with simple clicks of the S Pen button. The S Pen actions can be easily configured inside Samsung apps, but third-party apps may not have this capability built in right away. Even with the new features, the S Pen is set to work for up to 30 minutes (or 250 clicks) before needing to recharge inside the phone, but recharging only takes 40 seconds and it's good to go again.
Another exciting feature on the Galaxy Note 9 is the camera. Even though the Note 9 camera is identical to the S9+ camera in terms of hardware, Samsung has made some huge improvements to the software with several key upgrades. "Scene Customizer," for example, detects objects within the frame using 20 different pre-programmed scene types, and then automatically applies the best camera settings to get you the most optimal shot. "Flaw Detection" will automatically analyze photos for "flaws" such as motion blur or blinking eyes, and will suggest a re-shoot. Low-light performance has been greatly improved, as well, offering crisper, more clear photos even in low-light conditions.
Official preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be available through Samsung and all major carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint) beginning on August 10th, with the phone becoming available to ship starting on August 24th. Big box, such as Best Buy, will also offer preorders and special preorder deals starting on August 10th. Pricing for the new Note 9 starts at $999 for the 6GB RAM/128 GB storage option and $1249 for the 8 GB RAM/512GB storage option. Several preorder deals are expected from major carriers, many of which are already rolling out, and most preorder deals will either save you money on a new Note 9 or get you freebies, like the free AKG noise-cancelling wireless headphones or game bundle with Fortnite being offered by T-Mobile. Check back for all the latest info, and be sure to preorder your new Note 9 as soon as preorders official begin, so you can be one of the first to get your hands on the best Samsung smartphone to hit stores this year!