Friday, August 10, 2018

Samsung Unpacked Event: Galaxy Note 9 release date, price and specs

As was previously announced that Samsung will be holding its 2018 Unpacked Event on August 9 which is today, has finally kicked off with more present and releases offered to the globe.

The Event started when DJ Koh, Vice Chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics, came on stage and he talked about the history of mobile phone which started in the 1970s and with much questions and ideas which came from consumers led to the gradual advancement in the mobile tech world and it’s still advancing.



Haven said much on the history of mobile phones, DJ Koh introduced the Galaxy Note 9, a 6.4inch-screen smartphone with an edge-to-edge display and an amazing Stylus Pen (S-Pen).

Before the unpacked event date was even announced, there's already been leaks and speculative rumours of what the Note 9 would offer. And surprisingly, from what was unveiled during the unpacked event, the Galaxy Note 9 specifications and features seem to have correlated with the leaks earlier spread online. All thanks to everyone who contributed to the leaks of this smartphone.

Release Date
Pre-ordering of the Galaxy Note 9 begins on 9 August in the UK and 10 August in the US while shipping of the device will start on 24 August, that is two weeks from now.

Price
There are variants of the Galaxy Note 9 which is distinguished in terms of Memory ( Internal Storage and RAM).
The device is available in two options: 128GB storage size/6GB RAM OR 512GB storage size/8GB RAM.

The 128GB/6GB variant of the Galaxy Note 9 will be available for around £899 ($100) SIM-free model, while the 512GB/8GB option will go for around  £1,099 ($1250)

Prices in other countries may vary though approximately equal to the above prices.



Specifications and Features of the Galaxy Note 9
The Galaxy Note 9 will be one of the biggest phones in 2018, with a 6.4in Super AMOLED Display mounted on its front, up to 512GB storage and 8GB RAM to receive every file you want to keep and use, and a 4000mAh to power it up.

For the first time, one can hold a smartphone with 1TB memory space. The Galaxy Note 9 has a Micro SD card slot capable of housing up to 512GB external storage space. This means with the 512GB/8GB variant, one should have a total storage space of 1TB 😀
One could finally throw off the habit of uninstalling amazing games and apps painfully to the past.


At the back of the Galaxy Note 9 is seated a dual 12MP camera featuring dual-aperture technology and is capable of recording Super Slow Move videos. The camera has a way of optimising scene automatically and detecting flaw to improve photos.
At the top front of the device rests an 8MP selfie camera with Dual video call feature.

There's more to talk about on the new S-Pen that will ship with the Galaxy Note 9.

Much improvement is on the Galaxy Note 9 S-Pen designed to perform extremely amazing tasks for you.


It's amazing to know that Samsung technically squeezed a portable battery and a tiny Bluetooth Low-Energy antenna into the Galaxy Note 9 S Pen.

Introducing the Bluetooth S Pen that lets you perform some remote-controlled shortcuts, like taking photos 30 feet away and other shortcuts such as:

Music Player: Navigate through your Music files, play and pause music / skip to the next track.
• Camera: Flip the camera / take a photo or record a video
• Photo Gallery: Swipe to the next photo / back to a previous photo

Apparently, the S Pen does not need to be charged but Samsung says a 40 seconds charge of the S Pen will provide 30 minutes of standby battery.


There's still more you need to know about the Galaxy Note 9, meanwhile here is the key specifications of the flagship device

BODY & DISPLAY
• Body Build: Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
• Dimensions: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 in)
Weight: 201 g (7.09 oz)
• Protection: IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
• Display Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
• Size: 6.4 inches, 103.2 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio)
• Screen Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~516 ppi density)
• Display Protection:
- HDR10 compliant
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Always-on display
SIM Type: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Features:
- Stylus (Bluetooth integration)
- Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)   
   
PLATFORM
• Operating System: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
• CPU: Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) - EMEA
Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) - USA/LATAM, China
• GPU: Mali-G72 MP18 - EMEA
Adreno 630 - USA/LATAM, China
• Chipset: Exynos 9810 Octa - EMEA
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 - USA/LATAM, China


CAMERA
Dual Rear:
- 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
- 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6", 1µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
Features: auto-HDR, LED flash, panorama
Video: 2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec
Selfie Camera: Single 8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6", 1.22µm, AF
Features: Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Video: 1440p@30fps




MEMORY
Internal:128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 512 GB, 8 GB RAM
Card slot: microSD, up to 512GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM model only

COMMUNICATIONS
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC: Yes
USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
• 3.5mm Headphone jack: Yes

COLOURS
Lavender purple, Metallic copper, Midnight black, Ocean blue

BATTERY
Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
- Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
- Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)


SENSORS
fingerprint (rear-mounted), Iris scanner, accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

Wrap Up
The Galaxy Note 9 is seen to be competing with iPhone X in terms of price (similar price tag) and it features a headphone jack and a microSD slot which the iPhone X doesn't hold.

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