Samsung Galaxy Watch hands-on: Steady progress, but few thrills

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"It was really important that Samsung did this on the device because it makes it faster and more secure", commented Francisco Jeronimo from IDC. Samsung is facing increased pressure from Chinese smartphone makers overseas and a continued battle with Apple for market share in the United States.

At the NY event on Thursday, Samsung also introduced a new Galaxy Watch that competes with a similar product from Apple.

In fact, it turns out that Samsung's plus-sized Note range of phones actually commands the most loyal fan base.

It is perhaps a little disappointing that the camera hardware is the same as the S9+ - though this is again no bad thing - but the Note 9 camera now has updated software, with integrated AI scene recognition.

We're looking forward to spending more time with the Samsung Galaxy Watch over the coming week, so be sure to check back in to T3.com for our full review.

Samsung's also promising that the Note 9 is created to make sure it lasts.

Pre-orders for the smartphone will kick off tomorrow on 10 August, with the 6GB/128GB model costing £899, and the 8GB /512GB storage model priced at £1,099.

Samsung usually launches its premium flagships in two rounds annually - first half is S series and second half is Note series.

Samsung has shipped almost 143 million Galaxy Note handsets since the product line launched in 2011, according to market research firm IDC. It has wireless charging technology built in, so it can be charged with the new wireless charging pad that Samsung announced along with the Note9. We've picked out five mobile phones that you should consider instead of Samsung's new behemoth, and the best-value deals on them that you can pick up right now.

The Note 9 will also feature the latest and greatest LTE and Wi-Fi radios. Huawei has used artificial intelligence to set photo modes for more than a year.

And several smartphones - including some Samsung sells in China - already have a battery as large as the Note 9′s, or even larger.

When it comes to competing with phones in the United States, the Note 9 may also look a bit dated.

The 6.4-inch bezel-to-bezel "Infinity Display" does not feature an in-display fingerprint sensor contrary to earlier reports, although the top and bottom bezels are slightly narrower than before.

Thursday's announcement in NY comes about a month before Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are soon to be replaced by the third iteration, but the Google-made six-incher 2 XL is jam-packed with quality, and is now upgradable to Android 9 Pie.

"For existing Note users - who are fiercely loyal to the devices - the upgrades will be seen as compelling".

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