Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: Hands-on impressions of the new phone

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: Hands-on impressions of the new phone

Samsung proudly bragged that the Galaxy Watch has a seven day battery life, which is better than some fitness trackers and basically unheard of for a smartwatch.

Samsung also launched a new Galaxy Watch.

In terms of network support and retailers, in the U.S. the LTE version of the Galaxy Watch, which is set to cost more than the base model, is being sold via AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and the official Samsung online store.

You don't need power to jot down notes with the stylus, which is not only water resistant (just like the Note9), according to Samsung, but also color coordinated to match the model you choose. On-board sensors include an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, heart rate monitor, and Ambient Light sensor.

At first glance, the new stylus-or S Pen as Samsung calls it-looks like a slightly larger version of the one on the Note8. There's also a stress management tracker, breathing exercises for wellness, an well as a "new advanced" sleep tracker.

Samsung says you have the choice of 60,000 watch faces, and we really liked the new circular watch face which hides calendar information in the on-screen dial. It'll also go up against the new iPhones, typically unveiled in September. Samsung has put Bluetooth into it so you can click the bottom like a standard pen and execute actions like taking a selfie, play or pause video or progress through a slideshow.

Samsung's latest device enters the ring at a time of slowing smartphone demand globally and a disappointing performance by its cousin, the Galaxy S9.

Elsewhere, the Note 9 features AKG-tuned stereo speakers that are the "loudest ever" on a Samsung phone, a rear-positioned fingerprint scanner, Google's Android 8.1 Oreo OS, USB-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, support for wireless charging and Samsung DeX, which can now be enabled using an HDMI adaptor. We still don't expect to be able to reply to iMessages from the wrist (due to Apple's walled garden).

Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 in NY, banking on the larger-screen device to rejuvenate sales of a struggling flagship line and fend off Apple Inc.'s upcoming iPhones over the holidays.

Pre-orders for the smartphone will kick off tomorrow on 10 August, with the 6GB/128GB model costing £899, and the 8GB /512GB storage model priced at £1,099. That extra RAM may be to keep the cellular connection running.

It doesn't change enough for you to run out and buy a whole new smartwatch if you own the Gear S3 or Sport, but it does move the the needle - or dial - in the right direction.

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