Samsung Debuts New Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch, Wireless Charger Duo, and Galaxy Home Smart Speaker

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    Samsung this morning debuted its latest flagship smartphone, the new Galaxy Note 9. The Galaxy Note 9 is equipped with a 6.4-inch 2960 by 1400 Super AMOLED screen, and like previous Note models, it works with the S Pen stylus. Design wise, it looks quite similar to the Note 8.

    Inside, the Galaxy Note 9 features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor, 6 to 8GB RAM, dual AKG speakers, and a 4,000 mAh battery. Samsung is using the same 12-megapixel dual-aperture camera system it used in the Note 8, with the addition of an Intelligent Camera function that's able to detect what you're taking a photo of.


    Samsung says that with the Snapdragon 845, it has included "Water Carbon Cooling System" inside the phone for improved performance with processor intensive apps such as Fortnite.

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    The S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 9 introduces new Bluetooth-enabled features that allow it to be used to control the camera of the device for taking selfies and other photos, control video playback, and more. Samsung has created an SDK that will let developers integrate the S Pen into their apps, and that will be available later this year.

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    The Galaxy Note 9 works with DeX, Samsung's feature that allows a smartphone to be docked to a desktop and used with a mouse and keyboard. The Note 9 DeX implementation does not require a dedicated dock, instead using a USB-C to HDMI adapter.

    The smartphone also features a USB-C port, a headphone jack, a front-facing iris scanner, and a fingerprint reader that's centered at the back of the device. Though Google just introduced Android 9 Pie, the Note 9 will come with Android 8.1.

    Samsung is pricing its Galaxy Note 9 at $1,000, the same price as the iPhone X, with the entry-level model coming with 128GB of storage and 6GB RAM. A version with 8GB RAM and 512GB of storage will be priced at $1,300. Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 9 start tomorrow ahead of an August 24 launch.

    Alongside the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung introduced the new Galaxy Watch, an LTE-enabled device that's been designed to look like "a real watch" with a circular face and bezel that doubles as a control unit. It offers up Corning's DX+ glass and better battery life than previous Samsung smart watches, with Samsung claiming that it will last several days on one charge.

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    Much like the Apple Watch, it offers a breathing guide to calm you down, heart rate monitoring, Bixby support, 39 workout types for fitness, and it's able to detect six common exercises automatically. Unlike the Apple Watch, though, the Galaxy Watch tracks sleep quality.

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    To charge the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Watch, Samsung has introduced an AirPower-like Wireless Charger Duo that's able to charge the watch and the phone at the same time.

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    Samsung is also getting into the smart speaker market with the Bixby-enabled Galaxy Home, which is designed to compete with Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod, Google Home, and other smart speaker options on the market. Galaxy Home works with Bixby, and Samsung says that its design is able to send sound in every direction.

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    For Galaxy Home and across Samsung's other devices, Samsung has teamed up with Spotify for a "true cross-listening experience" that lets Spotify be used seamlessly across Samsung devices. Spotify will be part of the setup process on all Samsung devices, including Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy Home, and Samsung Smart TVs, with Bixby integration coming to Spotify.

    Article Link: Samsung Debuts New Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch, Wireless Charger Duo, and Galaxy Home Smart Speaker
     
  2. Radon87000 macrumors 604

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    Seems Samsung will end up being the only manufacturer to not support a notch.
     
  3. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God

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    Apple should learn with Samsung to add new features to make their devices better instead of removing them.
    #nobodywantsanotch
     
  4. NIKKG, Aug 9, 2018
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    I'm sticking to my Note 8, I don't see the point in upgrading for the small new features the Note 9 has. I'll either get me a new iPhone or Pixel this time around or stay on my Note 8 another year and save the money.

    At least they kept the headphone jack, SD card, and no stupid notch.
     
  5. tipoo macrumors 6502

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    "Samsung says that with the Snapdragon 845, it has included "Water Carbon Cooling System" inside the phone for improved performance with processor intensive apps such as Fortnite. "

    Going to go ahead and guess they just mean a heatpipe, like others like Microsoft already called "water cooling", lol
     
  6. newyorksole macrumors 68040

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    Hmmmm I hope Apple comes out with a blue iPhone in their 2018 lineup. A nice steel blue.
     
  7. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God

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    Pretty much. Just like the SUPER RETINA HD DISPLAY also known as AMOLED aka OLED.
     
  8. sunapple macrumors 65816

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    Great products if you’re into the Samsung ecosystem. I feel like a lot of people who buy these products (besides the phone) are already Samsung customers, just like how Apple does its business. It’s just that I wouldn’t want to use a Samsung version of Google products.
     
  9. Jay42 macrumors 65816

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    Honest question: has Samsung developed any innovative smartphone features that have stuck around for more than a couple years?
     
  10. Rafterman macrumors 68020

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    So, the US *IS* getting the 512GB version. Add the PNY 512GB microSD card, and that's 1TB of storage. On your phone.

    Sheeee--iittttt!.
     
  11. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    Already have a Note 8, so not really needing the 9, but the watch looks interesting.
    My Gear S2 is getting a bit worn. The 46mm battery spec looks great.
     
  12. BootsWalking macrumors 6502a

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    Very similar to the Note 8 - looks like Samsung phoned this one in. *ahem*
     
  13. bbednarz macrumors 6502

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    Lol learn with Samsung. I don’t think Apple wants to learn anything from Samsung. Face ID is a new feature.
     
  14. Rafterman macrumors 68020

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    The big screen phone - that everyone, including Apple, laughed at. Until they put out their own.
     
  15. gnomeisland macrumors 6502

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    These are some good looking devices. I don't think I'll be buying any of them but I applaud Samsung for following but not copying Apple. The bizarre trend of notches AND chins is beyond strange to me.
     
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    They could learn how to make their own Hardware like Samsung does for example? :)
     
  17. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    Minor update. So I bet Samsung is going to have a huge update with the Note 10.
     
  18. TimmeyCook, Aug 9, 2018
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    Samsung can 3D print their trophy and hand it to themselves.

    Yay!

    Something that nobody cares!

    BTW, can anyone honestly look at that thing and not think of this?

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  19. Radon87000 macrumors 604

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    Didn’t seem like it in that Pixel thread.
     
  20. timborama macrumors 6502

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    Why would anyone want to “support” a design compromise. Good for Samsung not getting suckered in.
     
  21. mvp2885 macrumors member

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    $999, $1299? Weren't Samsung fanboys blasting apple for the $999 price tag? LOL go figure, Samsung always secretly milking apples nuts all the time
     
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    There were big screen phones before Samsung.

    In fact, they marketed their 3.3" Roxy as a "better size"
     
  23. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God

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    Smartwatch
    Big Phones
    S-Pen
    Wireless Headphones
    Wireless Charging
    Heart Rate sensor
    Samsung Health App
    These are some.
     
  24. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    S-Pen has been around for 7 years now and gets better with each iteration.
    It's more than just a stylus, and up until this version, never had a battery. Uses EM field behind the display to power the pen when it was near the screen.
     

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