The rumors have been put down as Samsung has taken the wrap of the most anticipated Galaxy Note 9 at the Unpacked event. Despite bearing a resemblance to its predecessor’s aesthetics, the phablet comes with some subtle yet important upgrades.
First, let’s talk about the improvements it comes with. The foremost being the S Pen, a forte of Samsung’s Note series. The whole new upgrade now makes the Galaxy Note 9 to come with first ever Bluetooth enabled S Pen. The S Pen now can be used as a remote shutter for the camera with a range of 10 meters and a battery that lasts 30 minutes. It can be recharged through the holster in the phone but within a mere 40 seconds. The S Pen supports three inputs: short press, long press, and double press. Samsung has also said that they’ll release SDK to developers for the S Pen.
Taking a look at the camera, the Galaxy Note 9 shares a similar setup to the S9. The pair consists of a 12MP dual-aperture f/1.5 wide lens and 12MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens. The duo comes with optical stabilization and Samsung’s new Intelligent Camera with scene detection, color optimization, contrast correction and flaws detection which will remove flaws like a smudgy lens: thanks to AI. The selfie snapper, though, is a similar 8MP f/1.7 lens.
Similarly, the device also has an exact same Exynos 9810 and Snapdragon 845 chipset to that of the S9. The good news here is that the Note 9 is fitted with stereo speakers and of course, it is IP68 rated with dust and water resistance. No in-display fingerprint scanner but the available one has been shifted from the side to a comfortable position.
Now about the subtle changes, the Galaxy Note 9 comes with. With an almost similar body to the Galaxy Note 8, the device though has a bigger 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display. That’s without a notch, actually. The screen supports HDR10 and has a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixel.
There’s also a support for Samsung DeX but this time without a need for a separate dock. Like, Samsung’s Tab S4, users can use the DeX with a single USB-C to HDMI cable. And unlike previous launches, the device can be used as a trackpad or a keyboard.
The Galaxy Note 9 has a 4,000mAh battery — 20% bigger than its predecessor — and can be charged through a dated QuickCharge 2.0. The support for Fast Wireless charging is also present.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes in two variants, including the 6GB RAM/128GB storage and 8GB RAM/512GB storage. That’s some pretty darn good space for entertainment junkies. For pricing, the 6/128GB one is priced at $999, whilst the 8/512GB will go on sale for $1250.
As for the availability of the phone in Nepal, expect it to arrive within a month or two for around 1 lakhs for the base model.