Samsung Galaxy Note 9 along with the S Pen has been launched at $999 onwards, at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in New York, today. Samsung launched two variants of the device, 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage and 8 GB RAM + 512 GB storage variants and they will be available in Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple, Midnight Black and Metallic Copper when it goes on sale on 24 August.
The successor to the Note 8 is a sleek device with curved edges. While the design remains similar to the previous model, the display grows slight bigger at 6.4-inches sporting the same QHD+ resolution. There's thin chins on both the upper and the lower side of the Infinity Display.
The rear dual camera setup sits horizontally like on the Note 8, but the fingerprint scanner now moves below it at a more reachable and sensible location.
Internally, the Note 9 gets upgraded to an Exynos 9810 SoC which is the same that you get on the Galaxy S9. The device will be available in two variants, in 6 GB RAM + 128 GB internal storage and 8 GB RAM model + 512 GB internal storage. Both devices come with storage expansion and will accept cards of up to 512 GB bring the total capacity of the 512 GB variant to 1 TB.
Moving to the cameras, you get a dual camera setup (12 MP wide, f/1.5-f/2.4 + 12 MP telephoto, f/2.4) with dual OIS. The front-facing cameras get AF with an 8 MP sensor. Since this is basically the same setup as the Galaxy S9+, Samsung gave it an 'Intelligent Camera' branding with new features like 'Scene Optimizer' which automatically selects one of twenty scene modes and 'Flaw Detection' which let's the user know when the image has not come out right.
Powering all of the above is a 4,000 mAh battery and the smartphone runs Samsung's customised Experience UI with an Android 8.1 Oreo base (nope, no pies out here).
The biggest update to the Galaxy Note 9 is the S Pen. The S Pen comes with its own battery inside and barely takes 40 seconds to charge once docked inside its slot on the device. Getting its own battery, the device works with Bluetooth LE and now can be used in more practical ways than ever before.
The S Pen works more like a remote control where it can play and pause YouTube video, capture snaps on Snapchat, shoot selfies and even flip through powerpoint presentations.
Another big update at the launch came with Samsung's Bixby, that has now been upgraded drastically and becomes contextually aware and more conversational. Samsung demoed on stage how Bixby is now able to book a cab or make restaurant reservations using just voice commands.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 goes on sale on 24 August in select markets, so far, no India launch date has been announced.