Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Samsung unveils gaming-friendly Galaxy Note 9, targeting younger customers

Samsung unveils gaming-friendly Galaxy Note 9, targeting younger customers

Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 in NY, banking on the larger-screen device to rejuvenate sales of a struggling flagship line and fend off Apple Inc.'s upcoming iPhones over the holidays.

The phone is available for pre-order from 9 August, and the 128GB variant will be available for £899 while the upper-range 512GB device will sell for £1,099.

As expected Samsung used the Galaxy Unpacked event in NY to announce a multitude of products, including the latest in its long line of smartwatches.

The company last month posted its slowest quarterly profit growth in more than a year as rivals such as China's Huawei Technologies nipped at its heels, challenging the market leader with cheaper, feature-packed models. We also snapped a quick selfie with the front-facing 8-megapixel camera.

After months of speculation and leaks, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 has finally been unveiled in NY! Even more impressively, the Note 9 packs a massive 4,000 mAh battery into that tinier housing. Yes, you can now use the S Pen as a slide advancer for presentations, thanks to a small capacitor that allows it to hold enough power to maintain a Bluetooth LE connection with the phone for up to 30 minutes (the phone can fully charge the S Pen in just 40 seconds).

The US release date is August 24 at Amazon, Best Buy and Samsung's own store.

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Elsewhere, the Note 9 features AKG-tuned stereo speakers that are the "loudest ever" on a Samsung phone, a rear-positioned fingerprint scanner, Google's Android 8.1 Oreo OS, USB-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, support for wireless charging and Samsung DeX, which can now be enabled using an HDMI adaptor.

This means that the Galaxy skin is inevitably going to be one of the rarest skins in the game, because of how few people comparatively are going to be able to get it versus the massive playerbase.

A new stylus called the S Pen is this year's highlight upgrade.

For its smart speakers, Samsung has partnered with Spotify Technology SA for music streaming.

The Galaxy Watch looks much like a Gear S3, with its round case and rotating bezel. Profit in the mobile division fell by a third in the April-June quarter. Samsung also supplies the organic light-emitting diode screens that go into premium devices such as the iPhone X.

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