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Today, Samsung Electronics has started the month of August with a bang by revealing the Galaxy Note 9. Coming soon in Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Metallic Copper and Lavender Purple, the phablet will come in two variants which are 6GB + 128GB and a massive 8GB + 512GB model (+ an expandable memory up to 512GB). Malaysia will be part of the first wave to receive it. 

The pre-order will start on 10 August (12PM) to 19 August 2018 with the starting price of RM3699 for the 6GB + 128GB model. If you want the bigger one, that'll be RM4599 for the 8GB RAM + 512GB model. The pre-order will end on 19th August 2018 and all the colours except for the Lavender Purple model will come.

As predicted by the Internet, the new phablet looks more or less the same as its predecessor with a few slight changes on its rear body. It still has a dual rear camera but these have been repositioned horizontally with a much better fingerprint sensor placement. However, perhaps the most interesting part is that the S-Pen has a Bluetooth feature.

What can it do? Well, the Bluetooth on the S-Pen opens up many possibilities, at this moment it can control slide presentations from the device, switch pictures back and forth without touching the screen panel, play and stop YouTube video and take pictures with it. Samsung foresees many developers taking advantage of this so keep an eye open for it!

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Here are the four models with the S-Pens. As you can see, the Ocean Blue model is the only one with the yellow S-Pen (for some reason) while the rest gets the same colour treatment

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The repositioned dual rear camera and fingerprint sensor, much better compared to its predecessor

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As mentioned, the Dual Aperture feature is back (you can see the two phones with its different apertures) and accompanied by the new Scene Optimizer, this can potentially bring Samsung mobile photography to new levels

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Samsung also mentioned that the Galaxy Note 9 has a slimmer look thanks to the diamond cut on the frame. Note that I said slimmer look, not became slimmer

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The hybrid dual SIM card tray stays on top

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Then for the bottom, it's the same as usual with the S-Pen, speaker grill, USB Type-C and the 3.5mm headphone jack. By the way, you no longer need a DEX dock anymore to connect it to a monitor, as all you need is a HDMI to USB-Type C cable

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In terms of specifications, the Galaxy Note 9 is not so different from the Galaxy 9+, particularly the Dual Aperture in the main camera, which can switch from f/1.5 to f/2.4 depending on the brightness of the environment. Dual Pixel technology and IP68 water and dust resistance also make a return, with an additional new wireless charging technology.

However, there is a now new Scene Optimizer (you know, those AI Scene Recognition stuff) and Samsung has integrated 20 of these scenes. In addition to the Flaw Detection feature, the camera can also detect a person blinking, image blur and of course, lens smudge alert which has been introduced already.

Samsung also integrated a new Water Carbon Cooling System, which is specifically made for cooling the device down while gaming. According to the company, the technology can keep the heat down by 3.5x times compared with phones using carbon fibre.

Here's the official tech-specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor (depends on region)
  • 6GB and 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB and 512GB internal storage (expandable memory available up to 512GB)
  • Measures 161.9 x 7.6 x 8.8mm, weighs 201g
  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display (QHD+, 2960 x 1440 resolution)
  • 12MP (f/1.5 - f/2.4)+ 12MP dual rear camera (OIS), 8MP (f/1.7) front camera
  • Features Fingerprint and Face Unlock, Iris Scanner, IP68 water and dust resistance, Bluetooth S-Pen, Dual Aperture, Samsung Pay, Stereo Speaker AKG, 
  • Supports 4G LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, VHT 80 U MIMO, USB Type-C connectivity
  • 4000mAh battery