Samsung Galaxy Note 9: The Good, Bad & Ugly

Yolanda Curtis
August 15, 2018

Apple was late to the smart speaker category, and has focused primarily on audio - it integrates seamlessly with Apple Music, and it sounds incredibly good for its price and size.

Moving on to the FIRST Platinum plan, you have 60GB of data to use, split evenly between weekday and weekend use. This upgrade alone may sway many users from other manufacturers to jump ship.

The 128-GB model's price is unchanged from the 64-GB Note 8 price a year ago, despite the doubled storage volume and enhanced S Pen functions supported by Bluetooth technology.

One industry insider said, "Samsung is desperate to boost its market share before the release of the new iPhone next month".

The South Korean OEM is reportedly working on a "dedicated" 5G-ready phone instead.

The Galaxy Note 9 is Samsung's largest smartphone model to date, with a 6.4-inch screen, and it comes with an S Pen stylus that brings a bunch of unique functionality to the phone.

But while many of you have probably been waiting for the day the phone will go on sale (and most likely pre-ordered already), some of you probably aren't impressed and don't think you should waste money on Samsung's latest flagship. Essentially, the S Pen is a remote control for your smartphone. So, despite the Note9 carrying the biggest battery a Galaxy Note smartphone has ever seen, no issues regarding customer's safety will arise.

The premium Galaxy technologies come standard with Note9: fast wireless charging, IP68 water and dust resistance4 and Samsung services such as Samsung Health and Samsung Pay.

The Galaxy Home, equipped with the Bixby voice system, will connect to Samsung's smartphones and home appliances.

The Galaxy Note 9 will be available in three colors- Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Metallic Copper. Both versions will be available starting August 24. Based on the fact that Samsung hadn't released any betas yet, and hasn't committed to even a vague timeline, Pie likely won't land on the Note 9 until next spring, at which time its thousand-dollar specs are nearly sure to be outdated. The starting price of $1,000 is an increase from the Note 8, but on par with Apple's top-of-the-line iPhone X. The Note 9 will get double the storage, at 128 gigabytes, compared with typical high-end phones, including the iPhone X. Samsung will also sell a 512-gigabyte version for power users for $1,250.

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