A few days ago, Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 and since then it has been one of the most hotly anticipated phones to come out this year. The wait for the handset is not long and in a few short days, Samsung will launch the handset in India at an event scheduled for August 22.
The company has already started pre-bookings for the device and has even made the prices official — Rs 67,900 for the 6GB/128GB variant and Rs 84,900 for the 8GB/512GB variant.
The Note 9’s launch event will be one of the biggest in India, with top executives from Korea paying a visit. It is expected that like previous Samsung flagships, the Note 9’s Exynos variant will be launched in India while the Snapdragon variant will sell in selected international markets.
For those not in the know, the Note 9 comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen that features an 83.4 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It has a resolution of 1440 x 2960p along with an 18:5:9 aspect ratio. The display used here is HDR10 compliant and it features an Always On Display. For protection, Samsung has used a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that should protect the handset from multiple accidental drops.
For the US, Latin America and Chinese market, Samsung has used a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, while the rest of the world gets Exynos 9810 Octa chipset. The GPU found on the handset is a Mali-G72 MP18 for global markets, while the US, Latin America and China get an Adreno 630 GPU. The Note 9 will go on sale in two configurations, 6GB RAM with 128GB of storage and an 8GB RAM with 512GB of onboard storage. Additionally, it can support a microSD card up to 512GB, so pairing it with the 512GB variant, you can get a total of 1TB of storage.
Samsung has used a 12MP dual-aperture f/1.5-2.4 wide and 12MP f/2.4 telephoto cameras on the Note 9, both of which are optically stabilised and the brand has focused its camera improvements on software along with Artificial intelligence. The front-facing camera is 8MP with an aperture of f/1.7.
The Galaxy Note 9 comes with an IP68 certification making it water resistant. The S Pen that comes along with the device features this water-resistant certification as well.
One of the most interesting features of this device is the new S Pen. It is Bluetooth-enabled and the first of its kind from Samsung to come with this feature. It can also act as a remote shutter for the camera and it has a range of 10 metres. It also features a battery power of 30 minutes or 200 clicks and can recharge in just 40 seconds in its slot inside the phone. The S Pen comes with three new inputs, short press, long press and double press.
The handset comes with an impressive 4000mAh battery, this is larger than most of the batteries available on Android smartphones and the largest to be fitted inside a Note.