NEW YORK: Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9, is made to withstand the rigours of both work and play around-the-clock.
The Note 9 is powered by a 4,000mAh battery – the biggest ever in the series and 21% larger than the previous Note 8 edition.
The South Korean tech giant has also doubled the default internal space. The Note 9 will be offered in two storage sizes – 128GB and 512GB.
Samsung gave the press a preview of its latest smartphone ahead of the launch at Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, here last night.
One of the Note series’ main draw – the S Pen stylus – has been upgraded with Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
This essentially turns it into a remote control for the phone – a long press on the S Pen button will launch the camera from up to 10m away, a single click snaps a photo and a double click switches between front and back cameras.
Charging the S Pen is a fuss-free affair, as slotting it into the dock for 40 seconds will give you 30 minutes of charge.
The S Pen also comes in a choice of colours, with the Ocean Blue model paired with a vivid yellow S Pen.
Camera-wise, the Note 9 has dual 12-megapixel rear cameras and 8-megapixel front camera – the same as the Galaxy S9+ – but with a major software update.
The cameras have a scene optimiser that recognises 20 types of scenes and a flaw detection mode that will prompt you to take another shot when it senses imperfections such as image blur and lens smudge.
Screen size has also been bumped up to 6.4in from the Note 8’s 6.3in display.
To give the Note 9 both glossy and matte finishes for a slimmer look, Samsung uses a diamond-cut process for the metal frame, and will be releasing the phone in three other colours – Midnight Black, Metallic Copper and Lavender Purple.
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