Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
IT | By Darin Griffith

Features of electronic giant’s first smartwatch revealed — Samsung Galaxy Watch

Features of electronic giant’s first smartwatch revealed — Samsung Galaxy Watch

On Thursday morning, Samsung took to the stage at the Barclays Center in New York City to officially announce the Galaxy Note 9.

Today is the day Samsung gets to confirm all the rumours and leaks, showing us the Galaxy Note 9 at the Galaxy Unpacked Event.

And a Dual Aperture lens adjusts to light just like the human eye with Samsung boasting that no matter the lighting conditions, Galaxy Note 9's top-tier camera delivers a crystal-clear shot.

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First and foremost, you might notice that despite featuring a near-identical design, the dimensions of the Note 9 are actually different than those of the Note 8. It'll ship with Samsung's in-house 10nm Exynos 9810 CPU (or Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 in the US), paired with either 6GB or 8GB RAM depending on whether you pick up the 128GB or 512GB model. It has improved battery life over previous Samsung watch models, and will be compatible with a new charger that can simultaneously charge smartphones and the watch. "We are pleased that Samsung has designed Gorilla Glass 'DX+' into their latest device".

The "phablet" - combining features of a phone with a tablet - comes with Samsung's largest battery in a flagship phone - and the company seems to be confident in having left the explosive failure of the Galaxy Note 7 batteries behind it.

Firstly, this is a handset that - despite Samsung trying to make it appeal to the masses - is for the power user, not the average phone-buying consumer. Apparently the S-Pen button is restricted to first party apps and select partners at launch, but more stuff is apparently on the way in the form of a public SDK for app developers. It'll cost you $1,000 if you want the base model, but the upgraded one is even more wildly expensive. The one you see in the image above is the 42mm one, as it also comes in a black 46mm variant for those that have massive wrists. You're looking at about $1,250 for the version with more storage and RAM.

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The new Samsung Galaxy Note9 shares a lot of qualities with the new Galaxy Tab 4. That allows Epic to make more money on each purchase in the free-to-play game, but it means that users will have to go through a somewhat unconventional process to download and install it.

Let's skip past the lack of upgrades on the new Galaxy Watch, the "and-me" smart speaker and the decision to have "Mr Doodle" on stage drawing with a product launched a few weeks ago, and jump straight to the Note 9.

Of course, if you just want a powerhouse (something you could use as a work phone, for example) then the Note 9 has you covered.

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