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Samsung today hosted an event in New York where it unveiled its newest product updates, including the Galaxy Note 9, the Galaxy Watch, and the Galaxy Home speaker.

MacRumors attended Samsung's event and was able to get some hands-on time with Samsung's new line of flagship devices, which is worth checking out because Samsung's main product lineup is quite similar to Apple's with the introduction of the new Galaxy Home device.


Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 device comes just a few weeks ahead of when Apple plans to unveil its 2018 iPhones, and it gives us a look at the feature set Samsung is hoping will lure customers away from new Apple devices.

Unlike other Android smartphones, Samsung continues to eschew the notch, and the Galaxy Note 9 looks quite similar to the Galaxy Note 8 with small top and bottom bezels, an aluminum frame, a built-in iris scanner for biometric authentication, and a fingerprint scanner at the rear.

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Samsung has tweaked the location of the fingerprint scanner, putting it underneath the rear camera instead of next to it, which often led to people touching the camera element in the previous device. Speaking of the camera, Samsung is using the same dual-camera dual-aperture setup as last year, with the addition of a new Intelligent Camera feature that optimizes camera settings for whatever you're taking a picture of.

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The Galaxy Note 9 features a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, a smidge bigger than the 6.3-inch screen in the previous device, and also smaller than the rumored 6.5-inch display Apple's "iPhone X Plus" device is expected to offer.

Inside, the Galaxy Note 9 uses a Snapdragon 845 processor and what Samsung describes as a watercooling system for superior game performance, and it comes equipped with an updated S Pen, a factor that has always set the Note line apart from the iPhone, as Apple's devices do not support its one and only stylus, the Apple Pencil.

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The S Pen has been upgraded with Bluetooth, so it can be used as a remote for things like playing and pausing movies, playing slideshows, and taking selfies. An S Pen SDK is coming later this year that will allow developers to integrate S Pen functionality into their apps. Dock-free DeX support is included in the Galaxy Note 9, allowing it to be connected to an external display.

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To compete with the HomePod and the Apple Watch, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Home and the Galaxy Watch. Access to the Galaxy Home was limited and we couldn't get a good look at it, but it features a spaceship-like design with a U-shaped body that curves inward and three metal feet.

Samsung, like Apple, hyped the audio quality of the Galaxy Home on stage and demonstrated its integration with Bixby, Samsung's digital assistant and Siri competitor.

As for the Galaxy Watch, it features a circular display with a traditional watch-style face that also maintains the rotating bezel for control purposes. Like the Apple Watch Series 3, the Galaxy Watch features LTE so it is not reliant on an accompanying smartphone.

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It has a battery that lasts several days, and like the Apple Watch, it offers a breathing guide, heart rate monitoring, support for 39 types of workouts, and automatic workout detection, a feature Apple is bringing to the Apple Watch in watchOS 5. Samsung is pairing the Galaxy Watch with a wireless charger that can charge a smartphone and the watch at the same time, which sounds a lot like Apple's still-missing AirPower device.

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At its event, Samsung was also showing off the Galaxy Tab S4, its new iPad Pro competitor that was introduced last week. The 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S4, which has a 16:10 AMOLED display, features DeX support, a Book Cover Keyboard, and an S Pen, along with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, and a 7,300 mAh battery for 16 hours of battery life.

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With today's announcements, Samsung's full fall 2018 product lineup is now available, and these are the devices that will directly compete with the products that Apple is expected to launch across the remaining months of 2018.

We're expecting three new iPhones, including a 5.8-inch OLED device that's a followup to the iPhone X, a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone that can be thought of as an "iPhone X Plus," and a lower-cost 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display. All three devices are expected to ditch the Home button and Touch ID in favor of Face ID enabled through a TrueDepth camera system.

Apple is also planning to launch new Apple Watch Series 4 models, which are said to have bigger displays, better batteries, and improved heart rate monitoring technology, plus there are revamped iPad Pro models in the works with slim bezels, no Home button, and Face ID support.

What do you think of Samsung's new product lineup, and how does it measure up to what Apple is rumored to be to putting out this fall? Let us know in the comments.

Article Link: Hands-On With Samsung's New Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch
 
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Sevanw

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Absolutely premium and gorgeous devices. If there's ever a device that can command a premium price, it's the Note 9. Without question. Wow.
And Samsung still has the best watch and OS for watch. That's how a watch should look. Not some dinky little square kids toy. Battery for days and days.
 

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I know I'll get a lot of negativity for saying this, but even with all these features, I can't shake the feeling that Samsung is designing each of the many features in their phones while obsessing over Apple in some way.
 

mi7chy

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Great looking designs. All the features in Note 9 make the iPhone X look like an iPod in comparison but how hard is it for Samsung to integrate Windows 10 on ARM functionality to put specs like 8GB DRAM and 512GB storage to good use?
 

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I'd like it if it had more rounded corners...The Note 9 is kinda, meh! If I ever had to pick an Android phone, I'd go with Pixel 3 XL. Looking forward to Apple destroying Samsung with their low-entry 2018 iPhone in Geekbench :D
 
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One of the major points for me is the storage/ram you get for the price, the base model gets you 6gb of ram and 128gb of storage. For a thousand dollars that's pretty good compared to my iPhone 10. The 512gb option combined with the 8gb of ram is a nice option to have I must say. Depending how things goes with Apple new iPhone I maybe going back to android, hard choice given I have a Apple Watch, Air pods, and a MacBook Pro 13. That would would pretty much make two devices useless.
 

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Luckily that’s your opinion.

It's not "his opinion", Face ID is better.

It is better because it hasn't been cracked by the community and verified by the community of security researchers (don't give me crap about someone that claims they have made a mask and gave vague information, with nobody replicating the methods anywhere else).

And it's better because it works more times, after a bath, with the fingers dirty/sweaty, with gloves, etc.
 
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pxxalex

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Thats how a watch should look? Thanks for your opinion. I happen to think it looks like a hideous cheap casio found at a carnival. The Apple Watch looks much more premium in every way.
Please stop I have a Apple Watch Stainless Steel 42mm, the Gear S3 and the new Samsung watch does look better. The only reason why I have the Apple Watch is because I want a smart watch, and on a iPhone that is the best option you have. Really the only option when you think about it.
 

pxxalex

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Also objectively true. Samsung uses an inferior iris scanner instead of full facial 3D mapping that is much more secure. Want proof? See if Samsung has the guts to finally secure financial transactions with their facial recognition.

It’s really no contest.
Dude stop spreading misinformation what you are saying is not even remotely true. Both Apple and Samsung implemetation are hard to crack, without using advanced methods to achieve the results.
 

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Also objectively true. Samsung uses an inferior iris scanner instead of full facial 3D mapping that is much more secure. Want proof? See if Samsung has the guts to finally secure financial transactions with their facial recognition.

It’s really no contest.

Samsung Iris scanned is the most secure biometric authentication method. Unlike the facial scanning it has no weaknesses.
Also
https://www.samsung.com/us/support/answer/ANS00078423/
 

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Please stop I have a Apple Watch Stainless Steel 42mm, the Gear S3 and the new Samsung watch does look better.

That is seriously subjective terriory. To me, Samsung watches look like they are trying to imitate mechanical watches and, honestly, just don’t look nice.

Apple Watch has its own, unique design language that I prefer.

You have every right to like Samsung watches more, but to that is just, like, your opinion, man.
 

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I like it. Awesome specs on that phone. Definitely a premium device. Only other Android I would consider outside of my Pixel 2 xl.

Also I think Dex is a great concept. I really want to see it take off. Awesome for college students that just need basics like browsing the web and writing papers. I can even see my mom benefiting from something like that.
 
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Also objectively true. Samsung uses an inferior iris scanner instead of full facial 3D mapping that is much more secure. Want proof? See if Samsung has the guts to finally secure financial transactions with their facial recognition.

It’s really no contest.
You can use iris scanning with Samsung pay.

Iris scanning and facial recognition are two different ways of unlocking the phone. They aren’t the same thing.
 

barkomatic

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The upgraded S pen looks awesome and I wish the upcoming iPhone X Plus had something like it. My only issue with Samsung phones is they don't have stock Android and therefore take forever to get updates. If Google could make hardware this good combined with stock Android they'd have a true competitor to the iPhone.
 
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