August 10, 2018

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 first look: A phone that works hard and plays hard

By Team Ventev Topic: Tech Specs

The public finally got its first official look at the Galaxy Note 9. It brings new meaning to the phrase “work hard, play harder.

Ventev engineer Brad Cox was on hand to talk about the new features the Note 9 has to offer.

The Note has traditionally been a phone made for power users, with features like the iconic S Pen meant for on-the-go business types. That hasn’t changed.

That stylus, known as the S Pen, got an upgrade this year, turning it into a remote control for the phone. The S Pen can now be used to activate the camera, click through presentations, or adjust the volume of music. Pair the S Pen’s new tricks with an improved version of DeX and you almost have a desktop in your pocket.

Samsung also upgraded the Note 9 to a whopping 4,000 mAh battery. It’s a battery big enough to last an entire day and support the power hungry apps so many of us rely on. But as always, it’s still a good idea to be on the safe side and snag a portable power pack.  

But all work and no play would make the Note 9 a dull phone, so it’s worth pointing out some fun new features. The Note 9 can have up to 512 GB storage space, which can be doubled to 1TB with a microSD card. That’s a lot of storage, enough to fill your phone with days of music and hours of shows, all while being able to avoid having to delete or move photos to the cloud. Also, those playing Fortnight on the Note 9 can get an exclusive “Galaxy” skin.

Here are the key specs:

  • Two versions: 128GB / 6GB RAM for $999 or 512GB / 8GB RAM for $1,250
  • Available for pre-order Aug. 10 and in-stock Aug. 24
  • Snapdragon 845 processor
  • New S Pen with Bluetooth Low-Energy and built-in battery
  • New water cooling system inside the phone
  • Screen size: 6.4″ with 2960 x 1440 resolution
  • Battery size: 4000 mAH
  • Colors (U.S. market): Ocean blue and lavender purple

Stay tuned for our full testing of the Galaxy Note 9!

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