NEW YORK CITY—Samsung has formally taken the wraps off the Galaxy Note9. The cellphone follows intently within the footsteps of the Galaxy Note8 however with new specs, an even bigger battery, and some different upgrades.

First up, the specs. Samsung’s $999 smartphone has a 6.Four-inch 2960×1440 OLED show—a zero.1-inch improve over final yr—6GB or 8GB of RAM, and an enormous battery enhance from 3300mAh to 4000mAh. Within the US you will get a Snapdragon 845, whereas internationally Samsung shall be utilizing its personal Exynos 9820. Storage begins at 128GB and goes all the way in which as much as 512GB, which, with 8GB of RAM, provides as much as a $1,249 price ticket. If that is not sufficient storage for you, there’s additionally a MicroSD slot. As ordinary Samsung is a couple of model behind the most recent Android launch—the cellphone comes with Android eight.1 Oreo, not the newly launched Android 9 Pie.

Just like the Note8, that is an all-glass smartphone with a slim, straight high and backside bezel. Samsung is without doubt one of the few corporations that is not following the pattern towards notched telephones. Additionally included are a USB-C port, stereo audio system, wi-fi charging, a headphone jack (woo!), NFC, Samsung Pay MST, and the identical face-scanning setup the Be aware line has had for a while.

Samsung nonetheless hasn’t discovered the long-rumored in-display fingerprint reader, however the Note9 rear fingerprint reader is no less than in a greater spot. The fingerprint sensor now lives beneath the digital camera meeting as a substitute of subsequent to it, which ought to make it simpler to achieve. On the Note8 (and Galaxy S8) the fingerprint reader was very onerous to achieve with a traditional one-handed grip.

The Galaxy Be aware nonetheless consists of the product-defining S-Pen, which helps you to draw on the display prefer it’s a tiny notepad. This yr, the S-Pen has Bluetooth assist, however, fairly than a battery, it has a brilliant capacitor that may cost in 40 seconds when docked. The Pen may even final a half-hour away from the cellphone. Why would you need to take the stylus away from the cellphone? Nicely, you need to use it to remotely set off the digital camera, play and pause movies, and alter slides in Powerpoint.

For the cameras, there’s nonetheless a twin 12MP rear digital camera setup with one in all them nonetheless having a twin aperture because of a mechanical iris. Samsung is asking this an “clever digital camera” as a result of it may well detect when somebody blinks in a photograph. It might additionally detect meals and landscapes and modify the colour.

Just like the Tab S4, this yr the Be aware can launch into an Android desktop “Dex” mode with out the necessity for dock hardware. The cellphone nonetheless has the Samsung Bixby Assistant and a Bixby button, however now it is Bixby 2.zero. Bixby 2.zero is the primary model of the voice assistant to combine expertise from Samsung’s Viv acquisition, an AI firm began by the creators of Siri. Fortunately, the “Okay Google” hotword additionally works, and you may discuss to Google as a substitute.

Lastly, there are new colours to select from. You possibly can go along with flagship blue with a contrasting yellow pen, or purple, copper, and black. Gross sales begin August 24.

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