Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch live

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch live

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch live

Instead, for the USA at least, there'll be two colors: Ocean Blue, which is Samsung's de-factor "hero finish", and Lavender Purple. The Note 9 is also heavier than the Note 8, weighing in at 201 grams compared to 195.

The new and improved S Pen stylus, a selling point of the Note series, now connects to the phone via Bluetooth so that it can also be used away from the device, for activating the camera shutter or similar. The cheapest Note 9 will be the 128 GB version, priced at $999.99. With the Galaxy Note9, all you'll need is a compatible USB-C to HDMI adapter and you can continue to use your phone while you're presenting a video or PowerPoint slide on the big screen.

However, you may remember Note 7 devices notoriously catching fire while charging back in 2016, and even some replacement phones overheating.

Along with other Galaxy phones, thye Note 9 will get exclusive first access to the Fortnite app. The Note 8, on the other hand, comes with just 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM.

The news hit alongside details of the company's latest phone: The Galaxy Note 9, an updated Note 8 with the S9's dual-aperture camera, more memory and an upgraded S Pen. If that's not enough, there's a 8GB RAM + 512GB storage version and you can load it up to 1TB of storage by inserting a 512GB microSD card.

The "intelligent camera" knows what you're photographingand automatically enhances the image's colors and focus. Instead it has a 12MP lens with an f/1.7 aperture and another 12MP lens with an f/2.4 one.

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If you need a smartphone that can last your entire busy schedule, Samsung now claims all-day performance with its larger 4,000mAh battery.

The secondary rear camera delivers a 2x optical zoom, too, for telephoto shots, while the front camera is an 8MP unit that includes autofocus. However, so far, there is no word on the software optimizations that we will be seeing as a part of the package.

Both phones support fast and wireless charging, so juicing them up won't be a problem.

The live stream event for the Galaxy Unpacked showcase begins at 4pm United Kingdom time, and you can watch it on YouTube, Samsung's website or on Twitter. It launched at $929 (£869, AU$1,499), but is now available for several hundred dollars/pounds less if you shop around. They are all completely accurate from the looks of things.

Some changes are bigger than others, and few come as much of a surprise - especially given all the leaks ahead of launch - but on paper the Note 9 looks to be about what we'd expect. Two other colors - Metallic Copper and Midnight Black - will be available internationally, and if Samsung's previous strategy holds up, will likely follow on to the U.S. in the coming months.

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