Samsung's new $1000 power-user phone reflects slowdown in hardware innovation

In order to provide more information on the new device, Samsung hosted a massive launch event in New York City on Thursday, August 9 with a number of high-profile personalities in attendance.

The Samsung Store Galaxy Note 9 deal works like this.

As you can see below, the big discounts aren't just for Samsung devices. Covering a big event like this is often an exercise in stress management, so it would've been nice to use the Galaxy Watch's included Stress applet to help us manage the flood of emotions that come when testing new hardware.

DeX is also on the cards, but instead of needing a separate dock the Note 9 can offer the DeX experience right out of the box. It's only a 0.2-inch difference, but more screen real estate is more screen real estate. The square ratio of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 wallpapers enables a nice scrolling effect when you slide from one home screen panel to the next.

But if you dig a little deeper - for the cheapest version - it's not that bad compared to the launch price of the Note 8.

The "phablet" - combining features of a phone with a tablet - comes with Samsung's largest battery in a flagship phone - and the company seems to be confident in having left the explosive failure of the Galaxy Note 7 batteries behind it.


There were a lot of marketing words spoken about the handset, about how it was "inspiring", "removed borders and interruptions" and basically worked with you... a lot of words that don't really tell us much, meaning that most of us were left wondering 'what's actually new here?'. This will let people control music or snap selfies just by clicking the stylus.

The Galaxy Watch comes in a silver 46mm version and 42mm option in black or rose gold. This does make the Note 9 more unwieldy than smaller phones, but the tradeoff may be worth it for some users. While Samsung did show off some Bixby features, it didn't say much about the speaker itself and how it will work.

T-Mobile will sell the 128GB Galaxy Note 9 model at the full retail price of $999.99 with $279.99 down and payments of $30 a month.

Simply put, it's a premium smart speaker.

"At Samsung, we have a long history of providing consumers with choice, while maintaining innovation within our products, and we are excited to continue the proud heritage of our Galaxy line with our wearables", said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. So there's no scope to test out things like battery life or how it handles things like being caught in the rain (It's IP68 rated waterproof) or knocked off a desk.

Word on the street is Apple is prepping a substantial redesign for its Apple Watch, which has remained vastly unchanged design-wise ever since its arrival in late 2015.


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