Samsung Galaxy Note9 is up for pre-order in India

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SAMSUNG HAS SURPRISED no one with the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 9, which is exactly what you were expecting it to be. It's an evolution of the Galaxy Note 8 but one with some notable upgrades.

For Galaxy Home pricing and availability, Samsung didn't announce either. That marquee gadget failed to capture consumers' imagination or stop Huawei Technologies Co. and Xiaomi Corp. from grabbing market share at the Korean giant's expense. It'll also go up against the new iPhones, typically unveiled in September.

We are still waiting to hear whether the cellular versions will work with non Samsung phones.

"The product was too similar to the S8". Another thing the larger size allows is a larger battery: 4000mAh on the Note 9 compared to 3500mAh on the S9+.


Samsung is counting on its latest device to lead the charge during the crucial holiday season and revitalise a mobile division where profits nearly halved last quarter. In addition, users can stay on track of their meals using Bixby Vision on their Galaxy device.

That stance is easing with executives promising to introduce eye-opening features more aggressively. Samsung said more details would come later this year.

Its S Pen stylus is Bluetooth-enabled and created to act as a remote for controlling YouTube video playback.

The company hopes to break through its sales slump with the new Note, after it reported last month that its flagship Galaxy S9 phone missed sales targets.


Firstly, the Note 9 ships with a new and improved S Pen, which comes with Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) baked-in for the first time. It's only a 0.2-inch difference, but more screen real estate is more screen real estate. With the Note 9, Samsung has added Bluetooth functionality to the S Pen. This feature lets users connect their device to a computer display using a separate accessory, essentially turning the smartphone into a full-featured desktop with apps.

All this together corroborates the point: the Note 9 isn't the right choice for the average user.

The device runs Android 8.1 Oreo OS, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset for the United States customers and the models powered by Samsung's very own "Exynos 9 Series 9810" chips will head to the rest of the world, including India. The company also announced a partnership with music streaming service Spotify. While, on paper, the Note 9's dual 12MP camera sounds identical to that on last year's model, Samsung claims that the new horizontally-aligned sensors are "more intelligent" than before, with its AI-fuelled camera app now letting you know when an image is flawed; if someone has blinked, for example.


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