Watch Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Unpacked Event Live here

Isaac Cain
August 9, 2018

Today is the day Samsung gets to confirm all the rumours and leaks, showing us the Galaxy Note 9 at the Galaxy Unpacked Event. At today's launch event in NY, we are expecting to see an edge-to-edge display, a powerful dual camera and Samsung's trademark S-Pen. After an initial exclusivity period, it will be available for more supported Android phones. This year, though, it's not playing things safe.

In terms of missing features, Matt notes that it appears that the Note 9 does not support mobile HDR video recording, suggesting that we may very well have to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S10 to Samsung catch up with rivals in this regard.

The S-Pen comes in different colors, including yellow, purple and brown. It's still largely similar to the Note 8's S Pen, and it works just as well too. As a neat touch, the digital ink that you write with on the lock screen memo app matches the color of each pen by default.

As expected, numerous Galaxy Note 9's hardware are taken from the Galaxy S9+. The Note 9's 6.4-inch screen is slightly bigger than the Note 8's 6.3-inch display, but unless you get both phone's side-by-side it is nearly impossible to notice. It's combined with 6 GB of LPDDR4 memory.

Samsung has massively increased the battery size for the Galaxy Note 9, bringing it up to 4,000mAh, from just 3,300mAh in the Galaxy Note 8.

Both versions also have a microSD slot, and are compatible with up to 512 GB microSD cards. If that's that not quite enough for you, there's even a variant with a whopping 512GB storage and 8GB of RAM.

The Galaxy Note still includes the product-defining S-Pen, which lets you draw on the screen like it's a tiny notepad.

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The new phone gets an internal storage upgrade, too.

The Galaxy Note 8 (left) and Galaxy Note 9. 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. But while the Note 8 needs a docking station for this, with the Galaxy Note 9 you just need an HDMI adaptor. So far, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular have been confirmed to offer the larger-capacity version of the phone.

Chinese rival Huawei predicted last week that it would become the world's top smartphone seller by volume - displacing Samsung - in the final quarter of next year.

"We're intimately familiar with these costs from our experience operating Fortnite as a direct-to-customer service on PC and Mac", he added.

Nobody said a flagship phone would be cheap, and that's certainly the case for the Galaxy Note 9.

Another feature that's been improved for the Note 9 is DeX. Epic will be giving away 15,000 V-Bucks (on top of the Galaxy skin shown below) to anyone who pre-orders the Galaxy Note 9, should you choose that pre-order option between August 10th and August 23rd.

The Samsung Note 9 has now been officially announced and our colleague Matt Swider over at T3's sister site TechRadar has had some quality hands-on time with it. The new Note is set to hit stores on August 24, Samsung said.

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