Earlier this month, Samsung launched its flagship smartphone — Galaxy Note 9, which is the successor of the Galaxy Note 8 launched last year. Now, the South Korean giant has officially launched the Galaxy Note 9 in China at a launch event in Shanghai.
In China, the pricing of the phone starts at 6,999 Yuan, which roughly converts to $1,009. In terms of specifications, everything remains the same as the global variant. In terms of design, the Galaxy Note 9 doesn’t differ much compared to the last year’s Note 8.
However, it comes with a number of useful improvements. The rear design of the Note 9 is markedly different as it packs a horizontally aligned dual sensor with a dual-tone LED flash. Thankfully, unlike Galaxy Note 8, this time around, the rear fingerprint sensor is placed under the dual cameras.
The phone features a bigger 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It carries the same 1440 x 2960 pixels screen resolution, is HD10 compliant and also supports Always On Display. The display is also protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass on top.
The Chinese variant of the Note 9 is powered by Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor. The phone comes in two variants — one packing 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and another with 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage.
Coming to the camera department, there’s a 12-megapixel primary camera with f/2.4-f/1.5 variable aperture and a 12-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front side, there’s an 8-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture and wide-angle lens.
The device is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. It also comes with stereo speakers tuned by AKG, and Dolby Atmos sound. Connectivity options on the device include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5 (LE up to 2Mbps), GPS with GLONASS, USB 3.1, NFC, and MST.
In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes with an improved S Pen which is the first Bluetooth-enabled digital pen. It can also be used as a remote shutter for the camera with a range of 10 meters. It has a battery power of about 30 minutes and can withstand up to 200 clicks.
The S Pen now has support for three inputs — short press, long press, and double press. The company says that it can be recharged in just 40 seconds by simply placing it in its holster cramp on the side of the phone.
The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box with the company’s own Samsung Experience custom interface. It is fuelled by a 4,000mAh battery which is 20 percent bigger compared to Galaxy Note 8. It also comes with support for fast charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging.
In China, the 6GB RAM model is priced at 6,999 Yuan (approximately $1,009) while the 8GB RAM model is priced at 8,999 Yuan (approximately $1,298). The phone will be officially available for purchase in China from August 31.