‘Fortnite’ is available on most Samsung Galaxy devices right now

‘Fortnite’ is available on most Samsung Galaxy devices right now

‘Fortnite’ is available on most Samsung Galaxy devices right now

Alongside the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung unveiled its latest smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch.

Announced at an event in NY on Thursday, the Note 9 resembles last year's Note 8, replete with glass front and back, curved edges and slide-out S Pen stylus. After all, with the new 2018 iPhone X line-up just around the corner, time is of the essence.

Samsung last month posted its slowest quarterly profit growth in more than a year as rivals such as China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] nipped at its heels, challenging the market leader with cheaper, feature-packed models. This year, though, it's not playing things safe.

The Note's signature S Pen, now in brighter colors like yellow and purple, packs a smarter punch than its predecessor. It's still largely similar to the Note 8's S Pen, and it works just as well too. If you're not into those colors, you may want to cover up with a case. There are Midnight Black and Metallic Copper variants too, just not in the United States (yet).

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, but while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has now been updated to Android 8.0, it started on Android 7. "The dual-curved display is slightly bigger now at 6.4" and it still pushes the same Quad HD+ resolution of 2960×1440 pixels without having a notch at the top. It's combined with 6 GB of LPDDR4 memory. If that's not enough, there's a 8GB RAM + 512GB storage version and you can load it up to 1TB of storage by inserting a 512GB microSD card. Plenty of space for games, work documents, and 4K video files.

The new phone gets an internal storage upgrade, too. It'll also be sold unlocked by Samsung, as well as at Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam's Club, Straight Talk Wireless, Target, and Walmart.

Apart from that, the Galaxy Note 9's front design remains unchanged. So far, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular have been confirmed to offer the larger-capacity version of the phone.

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TechRadar's hands-on review notes that the Note 9 is comfortable to hold thanks to less rounded-off design. No word on which ones are coming to the United Kingdom just yet. pre-orders apparently start tomorrow, ready for a 24th August release.

The Note 8 lacks the Note 9's intelligent camera features listed above, but it's still capable of great shots. The new Note is set to hit stores on August 24, Samsung said.

To tempt you into preordering, there are some deals to sweeten the price.

If you pre-order (from August 10 to August 23), you may get a freebie (but there are limited quantities available). After the picture is taken, a notification identifies the problem, so you can snap it again. Samsung says supplies of both extras are limited, and that there'll only be 102,000 sets of the AKG headphones, 46,000 game bundles, and 36,000 bundles of both available. Note 9 and Tab S4 owners also get a special skin called Galaxy.

As you'd expect, there's no shortage of official accessories for the Note 9.

If you care, it also turns into a desktop-like experience through Samsung DeX. There's Bixby for one - Samsung's AI assistant that comes baked in.

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