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Samsung unveils gaming-friendly Galaxy Note 9, targeting younger customers

Samsung unveils gaming-friendly Galaxy Note 9, targeting younger customers

Although when you consider the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus allowed us to play Fortnite at Epic preset, it was disappointing that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 isn't afforded this luxury given that it fits in a similar price bracket. Samsung has been conservative on battery improvements ever since its Note 7 phone in 2016 developed a tendency to burst into flame, prompting an expensive recall and delivering a hit to the company's reputation.

But where the Note 9 stands out is its all-day battery life, a smarter camera and two fun new colors.Oh, and Galaxy owners will be the first Android users to get access to the immensely popular game Fortnite. The device will also work with Spotify for streaming music as part of Samsung's new partnership with Spotify. It'll cost you $1,000 if you want the base model, but the upgraded one is even more wildly expensive. The 4G version comes with 1.5GB of RAM, while there's 768MB of RAM inside the smaller one. The dual-camera setup is still placed horizontally and it comes with a fingerprint sensor mounted right below it.

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd launched the Galaxy Note 9 "phablet" in NY on Thursday, promising better battery life and quick cooling to attract gamers and revive flagging sales.

Samsung officially revealed its new Galaxy Note 9 phone today at an event in New York City.

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Earlier last month, a few rumors sprung up that suggested that Samsung might launch a smart speaker powered by Bixby. Hopefully it's then we'll hear about pricing and release information, so stay tuned.

Oh, the Note 9 also has a microSD card slot for further expansion, not to mention a 3.5mm headphone jack. While the base variant is listed in Mystic Black, Engineered Blue and Artisan Copper colour options, the 512GB variant is expected to be available in Mystic Black and Engineered Blue. The new S Pen has a low power Bluetooth module which charges instantly each time you stow it into the phone.

Other important features of this smartphone are its fast wireless charging, IP68 water and dust resistance4 and Samsung services such as Samsung Health and Samsung Pay. Samsung's answer to the Google Assistant, Bixby is baked into the Note 9 like it is on the S9 range, complete with Bixby hardware button on the left side of the phone. It promised more details at its developers' conference in November. He also says that the speaker is outfitted with a subwoofer, so its clear this is meant to be used for in-home listening just as much as its meant to be a smart speaker that can compete with the likes of Alexa.


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