Samsung Galaxy Watch release date, price, news and features

Angelica Greene
August 9, 2018

On price, it could be Samsung's most expensive phone yet. For the battery, Samsung is promising to offer a day of battery life with the new 4,000mAh battery, which is a significant update from the Note 8's 3,300mAh battery. The US is getting only the Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple color options.

No one reported any problems with the Note 8, and analysts don't foresee problems with the Note 9. If you're not into those colors, you may want to cover up with a case. For the first time, both storage variants will be available on all four major carriers in the USA, in both blue and purple colors. You can expect the same Infinity Display, the same headphone jack, and numerous same technologies that you've come to expect from the Galaxy Note brand, including IP68 dust and water resistance, fast wireless charging, Samsung Knox, and several biometric security options, including fingerprint scanning, iris scanning and facial recognition capabilities.

There'll be a second version, however, for those who really do refuse to compromise.

Along with other Galaxy phones, thye Note 9 will get exclusive first access to the Fortnite app. And yes, both come with a microSD slot offering up to 512gb of storage, meaning its 1TB ready. Plenty of space for games, work documents, and 4K video files.

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The third and final change that Samsung highlighted in our hands-on meeting was the "intelligent camera", which are near-identical dual 12-megapixel lenses with dual OIS to that of the Note 8, but with added software enhancements to ensure that every photo you take looks like it has already been professionally edited.

The new phone gets an internal storage upgrade, too. Like the S9's Bixby Camera it's also capable of detecting what's in frame and altering the settings accordingly, though it's now restricted to 20 different objects - which isn't all that many. In the USA, that will be sold by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and Xfinity. We are told that it's still better to use the DeX dock as it has built-in cooling fan, supports up to 2K resolution and it can run more apps simultaneously than using the dongle.

Chinese rival Huawei predicted last week that it would become the world's top smartphone seller by volume - displacing Samsung - in the final quarter of next year.

The carriers are likely to announce specifics of their payment plans, promotions, and more this morning. A player asked exactly that on Reddit, and a further Epic response says next week's info "should hopefully clear up some commonly asked questions around this". Speaking of which, the Note 9's Super AMOLED Infinity Display is as excellent as ever. We don't like the way it looks and we would prefer the vertical dual-camera layout on the current Galaxy S9+.

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