The back of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (supplied, Samsung)
  • Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 9 is available in South Africa now.
  • South Africans can get their new Note 9 for R18,999 in cash, and on contract from cellular providers. 
  • MTN offered the best option available for pre-ordering the Note 9 in our review of the various offers.

Samsung newest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9, will has been released in South Africa.

While it is pricier than the iPhone X (R16,999 for 64Gb and 21,999 for the 256GB option) at a hefty R18,999, the Note 9 offers more memory (128 GB), a slightly better camera, and the option to plug in more memory. 

The Note 9 has a similar camera to Samsung’s previous flagship device, the Galaxy S9+, featuring a 12MP dual-lense main camera and an 8MP selfie camera. 

READ: All the cool features of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 - available in South Africa within two weeks

It also comes with a longer lasting battery than the Galaxy S9+ and the iPhone X, the closest non-Samsung competition in the local market. And it comes with a 6.4’ infinity display, and an improved Bluetooth S-Pen, which allows you to control your device without touching it. 

Say goodbye to lagging during those Fortnite sessions as Samsung promises that the Note 9 is optimised for gaming with a cutting-edge processor, and a "water-carbon cooling system" (somewhat in doubt at the moment) that helps prevent overheating. 

This combined with the huge display will make sure your gaming experience is as close to a console as you can get right on a phone for the time being.

READ: I've spent the last 24 hours with Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 — here are my first impressions

Business Insider South Africa compared the options to get the Note 9 first. 

MTN is the best option right now as its offer comes with a 24” curved monitor, a wireless charger, a Dex HDMI cable, and a tripod camera for the same price as other providers. 

Telkom comes in second with added mobile data. 

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