The Galaxy S9 is no slouch on the inside, but the Note 9 makes some noticeable improvements. The price for the standard 6GB/128GB version is INR 67,900 ($985) while the 8GB/512GB is INR 84,900 ($1,232). Pre-order customers can get a Gear Sport, which usually costs INR 22,990 (~$333), for just INR 4,999 (~$72). HDFC Bank also is providing a cashback of ₹6,000 to customers shopping via HDFC debit and credit cards and also when buying the phone through HDFC's consumer durable loans.
The "phablet" - combining features of a phone with a tablet - comes with Samsung's largest battery in a flagship phone - and the company seems to be confident in having left the explosive failure of the Galaxy Note 7 batteries behind it.
Samsung announced that the Note 9 will be available on August 24. Under the hood, the device is powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with Adreno 630 GPU. In way of looks, not much has changed except for the rear fingerprint sensor that has been shifted to below the camera.
"The device also features generous built-in storage options - either 128GB or 512GB - that allow users to put the days of deleting photos, videos, and apps to make room for more behind them", said Samsung. The new smartwatch comes in two sizes - 46mm and 42mm - and has three casing colors, including midnight black and silver. USA pre-orders Start from 10 August (tomorrow) and pre-orders get a free pair of AKG noise-cancelling headphones (worth about $299) or 15,000 in Fortnite V-Bucks.
The new Note 9 indeed boasts powerful performance in terms of battery capacity. Experts are noting that features revealed in recent years by Samsung and Apple are more incremental than revolutionary.
In addition, it also claims to be able to tell you if the lighting is bad - such as when shooting against backlighting - and even if you have a smudge on the lens that may be compromising image quality. The S Pen charges to full in just 40 seconds simply by inserting it inside the Galaxy Note 9. You know that. Samsung knows that. It supports both wired and wireless fast charging.
Spotify will be supported on the speakers, along with all other Samsung devices - news that sent shares in the music-streaming service provider up almost 5 percent.
"The jury is still out if the device can boost sales of Samsung's premium category", mobile phone market tracker Counterpoint Research said in a blog, pointing to stiff competition from the iPhone X, Huawei's P20 Pro and the Find X from China's Oppo Electronics.
The S Pen was another great surprise, and using it as a stylus or a remote control was a cool experience.