After what seemed like an endless stream of leaks, Samsung has finally made the Galaxy Note 9 official. And it’s exactly what we have expected it to be.
Featuring a 6.4-inch SuperAMOLED display with a resolution of 2960×1440 pixels, the Galaxy Note 9 includes the “largest” Galaxy Note Infinity display ever. It will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor, and come with up to 8GB of RAM. For the first time ever, Samsung will offer a 512GB storage model of the device, along with the 128GB version. And with the microSD expansion option, you can bring that up to a total of 1TB.
Specs-wise, the Galaxy Note 9 isn’t too much of a major upgrade from the Note 8. It’s more of an iterative update, just like the Galaxy S9. But there are some critical updates to the overall system. Samsung says the cameras on the device are now powered by AI, and it’s able to optimize things like the white balance and exposure based on the scenery. It even features the same variable aperture system like the S9+, where you can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture on the fly. It will also adapt intelligently depending on the scenery and time of the day. The camera app has been updated to provide suggestions in real-time when you are taking a picture, so it will warn you when it detects blurriness, or when your hand is shaking too much, for example.
Samsung is also including a new S Pen with the Galaxy Note 9. The updated S Pen now includes Bluetooth, letting users control their camera, presentations, and other apps like YouTube and Snapchat with their S Pen wirelessly — much like the Surface Pen. For the battery, Samsung is promising to offer a day of battery life with the new 4,000mAh battery, which is a significant update from the Note 8’s 3,300mAh battery. With the Note 9, Samsung’s eliminating the need for a docking station when using the DeX experience — letting users connect their device to an external monitor for a desktop-like experience with just a single cable. It’s a pretty cool upgrade for those who actually use DeX.
The Note 9 is available for pre-order today in Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Ocean Blue, and Lilac Purple. The 128GB model is available for $999.95, while the 512GB model comes at $1,249.99. Samsung is teaming up with Epic Games to make Fortnite for Android exclusive to its new Galaxy Note 9 (and other Galaxy devices), and the company is also offering 15,000 Fortnite V-Bucks to those who pre-order the device.