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The Samsung Galaxy Note9 was unveiled in NY on Thursday night and it looks like a solid performer.

'We've moved on from that, ' said Samsung's Kate Beaumont when we asked how her company's latest gadget, the Galaxy Note 9, is created to avoid a repeat of the exploding phone saga of 2016.

First and foremost, you might notice that despite featuring a near-identical design, the dimensions of the Note 9 are actually different than those of the Note 8. This time the Galaxy Note 9 is backed by a 4000mAh battery which is bigger as compared to that of the Galaxy Note 8.

Connectivity options on the Note 9 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band VHT MU-MMO, 1024 QAM, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, NFC, and MST.

We see the expected spec boosts - the 8GB RAM, the 1TB max storage potential, the bigger battery, and the carry-over cameras from the first-half S-series flagship - but not the insane-sounding, next-gen type features such as foldable displays, or perhaps an improved implementation of current in-display fingerprint scanners. That's right, this is why Samsung's deal is the best.

We received the Ocean Blue model, which boasts 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM.

"The Note has always been our showcase product for premium technology and industry-defining innovation, and Galaxy Note 9 is no exception", said Koh Dong-jin, CEO of the company's mobile division, at Barclays Center in NY. Major changes tend to come every few years rather than annually, and this isn't the year for anything revolutionary in the Note.

Galaxy S9 and Note 9.Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone X.

Samsung sold the Galaxy S9 for $720 when it launched, while Sprint charged $792 and AT&T charged $793 for the same device.

All you have to do is pop out the S Pen from its port, hold down its side button, and it will immediately boot up the camera app.

Samsung said ditching the name Gear is aimed at offering the same user experience available on the Galaxy smartphones. While Samsung did show off some Bixby features, it didn't say much about the speaker itself and how it will work.

In addition, it also claims to be able to tell you if the lighting is bad - such as when shooting against backlighting - and even if you have a smudge on the lens that may be compromising image quality.

- In India, Samsung will launch the dual-SIM variant of the Note 9.

The digital pen can be used as a remote camera shutter, and a presentation remote that allows users to flip through presentation slides. In India, expect the price to start from Rs 68,000.

The 512GB version of the Note 9 will be available soon thereafter, priced at R23,999.

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