- Samsung has just unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 in South Africa.
- The device features an all-day battery, an advanced new camera and new stylus features.
- The Galaxy Note 9 will be available for sale in SA on 24 August, and will retail from R18,999.
Samsung South Africa has unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 in Johannesburg.
The phone will hit the local markets on 24 August, with pre-orders currently accepted on the local Samsung site.
The 128 GB Galaxy Note 9 will retail for R18,999 (the same price as the Apple iPhone X 64GB) or from R799 per month on contract.
Here's what you need to know about the new device.
It has a 4,000mAh battery. Samsung says it's confident that the battery will last a whole day, even on heavy-usage days.
The Galaxy Note 9 runs on high-end specs, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that turns the wheels inside most high-end smartphones in 2018. It also has a minimum of 6 GB of RAM — with an option to go up to 8 GB — which should make for smooth performance.
The Galaxy Note 9 includes Samsung's new 'intelligent camera' feature that recognises what kind of object you're photographing and adjusts the settings automatically to take the best shot.
Both cameras in the dual-lens system have 12 megapixels. One is for regular photos and can adjust its aperture for low-light shots, while the other is a "telephoto" lens for 2x optical zooming, which is better than digital zooming on phones without a telephoto lens.
The Note 9 allows users to create animated versions of themselves by turning selfies into emojis that mimic their movements and expressions - and can be messaged.
The S-Pen stylus is seen as the heart and soul of the device.
What's new with the S-Pen: It's no longer bound to screen-use only but can serve as a remote controller for the Note 9, from up to 9m. Business Insider SA took a selfie with the new S-Pen without having to touch the device.
For the first time on Android, Galaxy S7 and above users, including the Note 9, can download the Fortnite game. Note 9 users will get an exclusive "skin" in the game.
Because smartphones are increasingly becoming primary computing devices, the Note 9 transforms into a mouse/track pad with a simple HDMI adapter and cable, upon connecting the phone to a screen.
The Samsung DeX feature allows for a dual-screen experience with a monitor.
Declared interest: Rangongo is using a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 phone received from Samsung at the launch.
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