At the Samsung Unpacked event earlier today, Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Note9. Unsurprisingly, the official unveiling confirmed much of what we'd been hearing for weeks. This is pretty much the flagship Android smartphone you'd been expecting. Just expect to open up your wallet extra wide if you want one.

The key highlights you'll want to know about include:
  • The Super AMOLED screen is massive at 6.4-inches at quad HD+ (2960 x 1440 pixel) resolution.
  • The larger 4,000 mAh battery means you'll last longer between charges.
  • The upgraded S Pen with Bluetooth allows for remote control features, like for the camera and media playback.
  • The Galaxy Note9 still has a headphone jack.
  • The fingerprint sensor is not in-display; it's located on the back, underneath the dual cameras and flash.
  • In Canada, the Galaxy Note9 will be sold in Midnight Black with a black S Pen and in Ocean Blue with a yellow S Pen.
  • The standard base model comes with 128GB of storage. There's also a 512GB model that'll only be sold through Samsung.
  • The dual cameras come with advanced features like Scene Optimizer and Flaw Detection.
  • It's going to be pricey. The 128GB Galaxy Note9 is $1,299.99 CAD MSRP and the 512GB is $1,629.99 CAD MSRP. Of course, carriers can do what they want for contract pricing.

Pre-orders for the carrier versions started this morning with shipments expected to commence on August 24. If you purchase the Galaxy Note9 before August 23, you'll also get a bonus Samsung Gear IconX ($299.99 retail value). So, this is it folks. We've entered in the arena of $1,600+ smartphones. How long until we break the $2,000 mark as an acceptable standard for a top-tier flagship?

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Product Specifications

 

Galaxy Note9

Display 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960x1440 (516ppi)

*Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners

*Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings

Camera Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)

           - Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS

           - Telephoto: 12MP AF, F2.4, OIS

           - 2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom

Front: 8MP AF, F1.7

Body 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g, IP68 (BLE S Pen: 5.7 x 4.35 x 106.37mm, 3.1g, IP68)

*Carrying an IP68 dust and water resistance rating. Based on test conditions of submersion in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes

AP 10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)

10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 1.7 GHz)

*May differ by market and mobile operator

Memory 6GB RAM (LPDDR4), 128GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)

8GB RAM (LPDDR4), 512GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)

*May differ by market and mobile operator

*User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed

*512GB model available in Canada exclusively at Samsung Experience Stores and on Samsung.com/ca in Midnight Black only

SIM Card Single: one Nano SIM and one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)

Hybrid: one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)

*May differ by market and mobile operator

Battery 4,000mAh

Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless

Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC

Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA

*May differ by market and mobile operator

OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Network Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, 5CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18

*May differ by market and mobile operator

Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM,
Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, 
Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*)*Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited
Payment NFC, MST

*May differ by market and mobile operator

Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor,
Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
Authentication Lock Type: Pattern, Pin, Password
Biometric Lock Types: Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Scanner, Facial Recognition
Intelligent scan: Combines iris scan and face recognition for convenient unlocking and in some cases provides enhanced security for certain authentication services
Audio MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE
Video MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice.

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