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Samsung launches Note 9 with boast of ultimate performance

Friday, August 10, 2018

Samsung Electronics Company yesterday launched the latest addition to its premium Note series — Galaxy Note 9 — boasting that the device “delivers the ultimate in performance, a new S Pen with connectivity for the first time ever, and Samsung's most intelligent camera yet”.

“The Note has always been our showcase for premium technology and industry-defining innovation, and Galaxy Note 9 is no exception. It's designed for a level of performance, power and intelligence that today's power users want and need,” DJ Koh, president and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics, said at the launch in New York.

“Note fans are Samsung's most loyal; we know they want it all, to get the most out of work and play, and Galaxy Note 9 is the only phone that can keep up with their busy lives,” Koh added.

Pointing out that people rely on their smartphones for almost everything they do, Samsung said that the Note 9 delivers all-day battery to talk, text, play games, and watch movies; two internal storage options 128 GB or 512 GB. And, with the ability to insert a micro-SD card, Galaxy Note 9 provides 1 TB of space for photos, videos and apps.

The phone also has a 10nm processor and support for the fastest network speeds available in the market (up to 1.2 gigabits per second) to stream and download without slowing down.

Samsung also said that the Note 9 includes an industry-leading and Samsung-developed water carbon cooling system and on-device AI-based performance-adjusting algorithm to deliver the powerful yet stable performance.

“The new S Pen delivers an entirely new way to use the Note. With just a click, it's now possible to take selfies and group pictures, present slides, pause and play video, and more,” the company said, adding that developers can even integrate the S Pen's new, advanced BLE functionalities into their apps later this year.

Samsung also said that the intelligent camera builds on its already industry-leading camera technologies with new capabilities that take the work out of getting the perfect picture.

The camera is fitted with a 'Scene Optimiser' that “uses intelligence to identify elements of a photo, such as scene and subject, to automatically classify it into one of 20 categories and instantly optimise it based on the category. The result is a stunning, lifelike image with bold colours and dynamic definition”.

A 'Flaw Detection' feature lets users know if there's something wrong with the photo so they can take another picture without losing the moment. “An immediate notification will appear if the image is blurry, the subject blinked, there is a smudge on the lens, or there's backlight impacting the quality of the image,” Samsung explained.

The camera also comes with “advanced noise-reduction technology, and a dual aperture lens which adjusts to light just like the human eye”.

The company also pointed out that the Note 9's 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display is the largest edge-to-edge display ever on a Note handset. It is complemented by stereo speakers, which are tuned by AKG, and ability to deliver Dolby Atmos immersive audio for a lifelike experience.

YouTube named Galaxy Note 9 as a signature device able to deliver a best-in-class YouTube experience,” Samsung said.

The Galaxy Note 9 also delivers a PC-like experience with Samsung DeX, the company explained. “Users can work on presentations, edit photos, and watch their favourite show, all powered by their phone... When connected to a monitor, Galaxy Note 9 can power a virtualised desktop and even serve as a fully functional second screen.”

In the area of security, the company said the Note 9 features Samsung's defence-grade Knox security platform and biometric security options including fingerprint scanning, iris scanning, and facial recognition capabilities to keep important information safe.

Samsung also announced that, with the launch of the Note 9, the company has forged a long-term partnership with music streaming service Spotify.

“The partnership makes Spotify easily accessible to seamlessly sync and transfer music, playlists and podcasts across Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch and Smart TV products,” the company explained.

Galaxy Note 9 will be available starting August 24, 2018 in select markets and will be offered in midnight black, lavender purple, metallic copper with matching S Pen, and ocean blue with a yellow S Pen.