Samsung’s Note 9 is a welcome return to obscene specs

Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 is actually cheaper than the iPhone X everywhere except... in the US

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Samsung even took the opportunity to tell us that DeX also works with the new Tab S4, just in case the Note 9 is too small, making the recently announced tablet a more productive device.

This means that the Galaxy skin is inevitably going to be one of the rarest skins in the game, because of how few people comparatively are going to be able to get it versus the massive playerbase.

"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. Unfortunately this needs to be one of Samsung's special dongles, rather than any old adaptor you can purchase online.

Samsung poured all its resources into the Galaxy Note 9 after disappointing sales of the Galaxy S9 in the first half of this year led to smartphone sales dropping by eight million compared to the same period of 2017 and its global market share fell 1.7 percentage points. For the lower end SKU, It works out to $41.67 per month for 24 months, and $52.08 per month for 24 months for the higher end model. And that's something many iPhone users find frustrating. You also still get to choose from the aforementioned bonus perks when preordering. While, on paper, the Note 9's dual 12MP camera sounds identical to that on last year's model, Samsung claims that the new horizontally-aligned sensors are "more intelligent" than before, with its AI-fuelled camera app now letting you know when an image is flawed; if someone has blinked, for example. Go here to check it out. This is still mostly your standard Note phone, though.

All this adds up to the sense Samsung is trying to cement the Note 9 as the Galaxy for power users.

The S-Pen button can also be used to pause and play media, and control presentations. Samsung's made just the right changes to the Note 9's retail box and honestly, these aren't even necessary.

Now, if you fit in the group for which all of that applies, you can pick up a fantastic phone for a great price.

Galaxy Note 9. Now with a reasonable battery. It seems very fast, too, as I pointed the phone at a plant and it took about a second for the small leaf icon to appear on-screen - letting me know that the plant has been detected. All you need to do is plug it in with an HDMI adaptor.

The larger 46mm version of the Galaxy Watch is also the variant that grants you the much-hyped new battery, with a 472mAh stack of cells loaded in to it, which is a marked increase from the 270mAh delivered by the 42mm. Again, I didn't have chance to check the limits of functionality and compatibility with iOS on the hands-on session, so again it will be worth holding off for T3's full Galaxy Watch review.

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