Galaxy Note 9: Everything Samsung announced at Unpacked Event, Fortnite, Bixby speaker and Watch

Galaxy Note 9 Everything Samsung announced at Unpacked Event, Fortnite, Bixby speaker and Watch

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 after lots of rumor and leaks now officially launched, along with the Samsung smart speaker, the Galaxy Home. At its annual Unpacked event in New York City today, the company finally confirmed details of the various hardware that had been leaked leading up to the announcement.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specifications: 

FeaturesSamsung Galaxy Note 9
TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size (inches)6.4, 103.2 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~516 ppi density)
OSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
CPUOcta-core (4x2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) - EMEA
Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) - USA/LATAM, China
ChipsetExynos 9810 Octa - EMEA
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 - USA/LATAM, China
Primary12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6", 1µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom

2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec
Seconday8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6", 1.22µm, AF
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SPEEDHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (5CA) Cat18 1200/200 Mbps
SPACE512 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
(microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM model only)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
SENSORSIris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
COLORSMetallic copper, Lavender purple, Ocean blue, Midnight black
LAUNCHEDAugust 2018
PRICEAbout $1,000

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price starts at $999 in the US for the variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage, with the model with 8GB RAM and 512GB of storage priced at $1,250. Pre-orders in the US will begin on Friday, August 10, with the phone slated to become available on August 24.

Fortnite for Android exclusive to Samsung Galaxy phones:

Epic Games announced at the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch on Thursday. Fortnite is exclusive to Samsung Galaxy devices from the S7 and above until Aug. 12. Galaxy Note 9 and Tab S4 users will receive a unique Fortnite Galaxy skin, pictured above, though the Note 9 won’t hit stores until Aug. 24. Samsung is also offering an exclusive Fortnite preorder bundle. Those who order a Note 9 by Aug. 10 can choose between AKG headphones or 15,000 Fortnite V-bucks. For an extra $99, you can opt to receive both.

The Note 9’s new S Pen stylus things you can do:

Samsung is upgrading the S Pen in a big way: it’s adding Bluetooth Low Energy, turning the stylus from a mere note-taking accessory into a full-fledged remote control for your phone.

In the camera app:

  • Long-press to open the camera app
  • Double-press to toggle between selfie and rear camera modes
  • Click once to fire the shutter and take a photo

S pen note 9

Other tricks:

  • Flip through slides on Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Play or advance songs in a music player or YouTube
  • Capture snaps in SnapChat
  • Use apps like Spotify, which have universal controls

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Wireless Charger Duo:

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Wireless Charger Duo

Image: The Verge

The Wireless Charger Duo has two charging pads, with a flat area meant for the new Galaxy smartwatch and a propped up charging spot for keeping a phone display visible during a charge. Each charging pad has 12W of charging power. This is the first dual wireless charger that lets you watch shows or check texts while charging your phone, which is more convenient.

Samsung Galaxy Home:

Samsung announced its first smart speaker with the Bixby virtual voice assistant, the Galaxy Home The announcement was made at the company’s Unpacked event in Brooklyn, New York, alongside the Galaxy Note 9 phone. The Galaxy Home has full-range speakers, onboard subwoofer, “sound steering” and audio tuning by AKG. It also has eight far-field microphones for use with the assistant.

Samsung Galaxy Home

Samsung partners with Spotify to create a seamless cross-device listening experience:

Samsung partners with Spotify

Samsung announced a partnership with Spotify at its Unpacked event. This integration that will allow you to play Spotify on your Samsung Smart TV through the SmartThings app deepens the integration between Spotify and Samsung’s voice assistant Bixby, making Spotify the default choice whenever you ask Bixby to look for music. “We believe that this significant long-term partnership will provide Samsung users across millions of devices with the best possible music streaming experience, and make discovering new music easier than ever – with even more opportunities to come,” Ek said.

Samsung Galaxy Watch:

Samsung introduced a new Galaxy Watch at its Galaxy Note 9 event this morning in New York. Samsung’s watch costs $330 for the 42mm version, and $350 for the 46mm. (It starts at £279 in the UK, with Australian pricing still to come.) The watch will be available at Amazon, Best Buy and; orders on before Sept. 8, 2018 will receive a free Samsung watch band. LTE versions will be sold at a later date, for an unspecified price.The Galaxy Watch promises several days of battery life, thanks to a bigger battery (472 mAh on the 46mm model) and a more optimized processor for better low-power performance.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung Galaxy Watch

More information you would love to know about Galaxy Watch:

  • Available in two different sizes: 42mm ($330) and 46mm ($350)
  • Circular, rotating bezel
  • Standalone LTE connectivity with call and text support
  • AMOLED display
  • Colors include rose gold, silver and midnight black
  • Over 60,000 watch faces available from the Galaxy App Store
  • High-res analog display with intergated touch function
  • Military-grade Corning Gorilla DX+ glass
  • 5 ATM water resistance
  • Stress management features
  • 21 indoor exercises, 39 tracked workouts
  • Battery life: “several days on a single charge”
  • Sold in 15+ countries on 30+ carriers (including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon)
  • Available on Aug. 24

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