The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 does look pretty nice … but would I want one? That’s real question.
After more than a few leaks (including from Samsung itself), the Galaxy Note 9 is finally official. Samsung’s new flagship is an evolution of the Note 8 that promises to “never slow you down or let you down,” according to the company. It touts a slightly larger 6.4-inch end-to-end 2,960 x 1,440 screen, a 4,000mAh battery that promises “all-day” use and a minimum128GB of storage — there’s also a 512GB version that, with 512GB microSD cards, can give you a full terabyte of space. Samsung is also bringing over welcome improvements from the Galaxy S9 family, including stereo speakers and the variable aperture f/1.5-2.4 12-megapixel primary camera (there’s a second 12-megapixel camera on the back, of course). This year, though, the most conspicuous change revolves around the S Pen.
Performance matters as well. The Note 9 will include a 10-nanometer processor (either a Snapdragon 845 or a Samsung Exynos chip, depending on where you live) with a “water carbon cooling system” and AI performance tuning to help keep the speed up for games and other high-intensity tasks. And finally, Samsung is joining the ranks of Android vendors offering more than 6GB of RAM. You’ll only get 6GB of memory in the 128GB phone, but the 512GB model packs 8GB of RAM for heavy multitasking.
The Note 9 will launch on August 24th, and Samsung is making a big deal out of the color options this year. You’ll need to get the Ocean Blue model for that eye-catching yellow S Pen, but you’ll also see variants in Lavender Purple, Midnight Black and (this author’s personal favorite) Metallic Copper. Pre-orders in the US start at midnight on August 10th. Carrier pricing will vary, although the full contract-free prices will start at $1,000 for the 128GB phone and jump to $1,250 for its 512GB counterpart. At least there are some perks for ordering early. Those who purchase before launch day can get either a free pair of AKG noise-cancelling headphones (worth about $299) or 15,000 in Fortnite V-Bucks (thanks to Samsung’s deal with Epic) for free — you can also score both for $99.