Earlier this month, Samsung launched its flagship smartphone under its Note-series — the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Now, the Galaxy Note 9 has landed in Taiwan, for a starting price of NT$30,900, which roughly converts to $1,005.
In Taiwan, the Galaxy Note 9 is now available for pre-order until August 20 and will start shipping from 24th August. While the 6GB RAM model costs NT$30,900 ($1,001), the 8GB RAM variant is priced at NT$38,900 ($1,265).
The 6GB RAM model will be available in three color options — Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple, and Metallic Purple. However, the 8GB RAM variant will come in only one color — Blue. The company has also announced a Black Desert Mobile Limited Edition that costs NT$31,400.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features a 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.
Under the hood, the phone is powered by Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor or the company’s own Exynos 9810 chipset, depending on the region. The phone comes in two variants — one packing 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and another with 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage.
In 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.
The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system 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 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.