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Specs-wise, the Galaxy Note 9 isn't too much of a major upgrade from the Note 8. All this has been achieved by developing a processor that's specifically designed for a smartwatches. Announced alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the new watch is set to be on sale nearer the end of August. The Galaxy Note 8 will become available in stores starting Friday, August 24. On the front there is an 8MP front shooter.

Samsung touts an "all-day battery", the largest ever on a Note. Another figure that does stand out is storage - the Note9 now starts at 128GB, and there's also a 512GB SKU. And with the microSD expansion option, you can bring that up to a total of 1TB.

As for the Galaxy Note 9 512 GB, that won't be offered on every carrier. When you look at the Galaxy Note 9, it's hard to say it's worth spending $1000 on if you already have a Note 8 in your hand. The Note 9 does have a clear leg up in a few areas, though. If you think that it resembles a lot to the Gear S3, you're not wrong.

While I love the new fingerprint sensor's placement, there is one design element of the Note 9 that I don't quite like.

While the familiar design might not turn many heads, the performance of the Note 9 remains top-of-the-line. There's no notch to be found here, and the top and bottom bezels remain very minimal.

Unlike old DeX phones, however, plugging the Note 9 into a display doesn't prevent you from using the phone as a phone. It's better than the Note 8 in several ways, and no worse in any - and from that perspective it makes sense. The Bluetooth functionality requires the S Pen to be charged, which happens automatically when you secure it inside the smartphone.

Why did Samsung bother to mention the number of clicks? If you weren't someone who used the S Pen much because you're not a big writer, this addition may put you over the top to considering a Note.

The Note 9 gets a big upgrade when it comes to battery life - in fact, Samsung promises you'll be able to go all day before it's time to recharge. Samsung will sell one - pricing to be confirmed - but any standards-compliant dongle should work too. In the near future, the company will work to add even more support, especially in third-party apps.

Leaks had previously suggested that the new Samsung Galaxy Not 9 would have exclusivity for Fortnite for the first 30 days, but a beta for a range of models has gone live. Of course, there's no telling just how good these features are until we test it out ourselves. We don't like the way it looks and we would prefer the vertical dual-camera layout on the current Galaxy S9+. It even features the same variable aperture system like the S9+, where you can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture on the fly. In our short usage, the "scene" icon is barely noticeable, and the recognition doesn't feel as quick as Huawei's P20. We're also running a live blog below. Samsung showcased this last one on stage in real time, showing us that there's no limit to the size of the presentation itself.

While the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 isn't as exciting as the Note 8, it's still a very, very refined and capable flagship smartphone.

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