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At the global launch event in Brooklyn, New York, Samsung finally took the wraps off their latest flagship phone, the new Samsung Galaxy Note9. A lot of leaks have already surfaced of this new device and they were all pretty much spot on, apart from a few variances here and there. The new Note9 seems to have righted many of the Note8, and even the Galaxy S8 and S8+’s, issues and is really shaping up to be the best Samsung smartphone device yet.



Below is a breakdown of the key specs for the new Galaxy Note9.


Display6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960×1440 (516ppi)
CameraRear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation)

– Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS

– Telephoto: 12MP AF, F2.4, OIS

– 2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom

Front: 8MP AF, F1.7

Processor10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
Memory6GB RAM (LPDDR4), 128GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)

Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless

Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC

Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA

OSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)


The Note 9 features a whopping 6.4-inch, 2960 x 1440 Super AMOLED Infinity Display screen with rounded corners. That’s up from 6.1 inches on the Note 8. The phone itself measures in at a thumb-stretching 162 x 76.4 x 9mm − it’s a lot to handle.



That 6.4-inch screen has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and HDR10 support, and Samsung says the default resolution is Full HD+, but this can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) by diving into the Settings menu.

Considering some of the amusing jibes it’s thrown Apple’s way (yes, we’re talking about you, notch haircut man and notch haircut child), it’s hardly a surprise that the Note 9 hasn’t jumped on the notch bandwagon.

The Note9’s camera offers improved lowlight imaging and super slo-mo model. The updated S Pen will let users take photos with the press of a button, making it easier for users to capture images without a timer or accessories. It also uses Bluetooth LE for added functionalities, like playing/ pausing YouTube videos.



The S Pen SDK will also be made available soon for developers to create more uses for the stylus and it only takes a minute to charge fully and delivers a charge of 30 minutes. It must be noted though, the standard S Pen functions will work even without any charge. The popular mobile game Fortnite will come to Android as a beta later this week, but Samsung Galaxy users will get to sign up starting today.

Ireland pre-order and launch details

The Galaxy Note9 will be available starting 24th August in Ireland from select retailers. It will launch with colours: Midnight Black, and Ocean Blue with a Yellow S Pen.

  • Pre-order will open on 9th August at 17:00 GMT

For more information about Galaxy Note9, visit

You can read the full press release below:

The New, Super Powerful Galaxy Note9: For Those Who Want it All

With all-day performance, a new S Pen and intelligent camera, nothing keeps up with your life like Galaxy Note9

 DUBLIN, IRELAND – 9 August, 2018 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the latest addition to its premium Note series with Galaxy Note9. The Note series has been recognised for including the company’s latest groundbreaking innovations, and Galaxy Note9 builds on this legacy with a premium smartphone that delivers the ultimate in performance; a new S Pen with connectivity for the first time ever; and Samsung’s most intelligent camera yet.

“The Note has always been our showcase for premium technology and industry-defining innovation, and Galaxy Note9 is no exception. It’s designed for a level of performance, power and intelligence that today’s power users want and need,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “Note fans are Samsung’s most loyal; we know they want it all, to get the most out of work and play, and Galaxy Note9 is the only phone that can keep up with their busy lives.”

All Day Performance

People rely on their smartphones for almost everything they do – all-day, every day. They need a phone that can keep up without having to find the nearest outlet to recharge, delete pictures to free up storage for their next snap, anxiously wait for their video to download before boarding their flight, or deal with any lag time when gaming.

They need a phone that won’t let them down and Galaxy Note9 delivers.

  • All Day Battery: Galaxy Note9’s 4,000mAh battery, the largest ever on a flagship Galaxy phone for long-lasting power to use all-day  to talk, text, play games and watch movies from morning to night.
  • Store More, Delete Less: Galaxy Note9 is available with 128GB internal storage, with the ability to insert a microSD card (up to 512GB).
  • Speed and Power: Galaxy Note9 is a super powerful smartphone with cutting-edge 10nm processor, up to 6GB RAM[1], and support for the fastest network speeds available in the market to stream and download without slowing down. Galaxy Note9 also includes an industry-leading and Samsung developed Water Carbon Cooling system and on-device AI-based performance adjusting algorithm to deliver the powerful yet stable performance.

[1] 8GB RAM on the 512GB internal memory variant. 128GB internal memory variant has 6GB RAM.

The Evolution of the S Pen

The S Pen is the signature feature of the Note series – it’s how users have made their mark, and how Samsung has expanded the notion of what a smartphone can do. What began as a tool for writing and drawing is now putting more power and control in their hands.

Now with Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) support, the new S Pen delivers an entirely new way to use the Note. With just a click, it’s now possible to take selfies and group pictures, present slides, pause and play video, and more. Developers can even integrate the S Pen’s new, advanced BLE functionalities into their apps later this year.

The Intelligent Camera That Makes Pictures Perfect

It can be hard to take a picture that looks just like the ones the pros take – but it shouldn’t be. Galaxy Note9 builds on Samsung’s industry-leading camera technologies with new capabilities that take the work out of getting the perfect picture.

  • Scene Optimiser: Galaxy Note9’s camera is Samsung’s smartest yet. It uses intelligence to identify elements of a photo, such as scene and subject, to automatically classify it into one of 20 categories and instantly optimise it based on the category. The result is a stunning, lifelike image with bold colors and dynamic definition.
  • Flaw Detection: The first shot doesn’t always come out right, but the Galaxy Note9 lets users know if there’s something wrong, so they can take another picture without losing the moment. An immediate notification will appear if the image is blurry, the subject blinked, there is a smudge on the lens, or there’s backlight impacting the quality of the image.
  • Premium Camera: With the unique combination of advanced intelligence features and leading premium hardware, Galaxy Note9’s camera is the best on the market. It comes with advanced noise reduction technology, and a Dual Aperture[1] lens, which adjusts to light just like the human eye. No matter the lighting conditions, Galaxy Note9’s top-tier camera delivers a crystal-clear shot.

Premium Experiences: From Work to Play

The Infinity Display is the cornerstone of Samsung’s design heritage, and Galaxy Note9 has the largest edge-to-edge display ever on a Note. The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display provides a truly immersive multimedia experience. Galaxy Note9’s Infinity Display is complemented by stereo speakers, which are tuned by AKG, and ability to deliver Dolby Atmos® immersive audio for a life like experience. Mobile video has never looked or sounded better than it does on Galaxy Note9. YouTube named Galaxy Note9 as a Signature Device able to deliver a best-in-class YouTube experience.

Galaxy Note9 also delivers a PC-like experience with Samsung DeX. Users can work on presentations, edit photos, and watch their favorite show all powered by their phone. Experience Samsung DeX with easy-to-carry HDMI adapters[2]. When connected to a monitor, Galaxy Note9 can power a virtualised desktop and even serve as a fully-functional second screen. Take notes with the S Pen while watching a video, or use Galaxy Note9 as a trackpad, to right-click, drag and drop, and use multiple windows on a monitor. It’s never been easier to be more productive.

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