Samsung Galaxy Note 9 unveiled at mega event in NY

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 unveiled at mega event in NY

Flipping the phone over reveals the new dual-lens camera that Samsung was keen to shout about at yesterday's event.

Alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Samsung also announced its first smartwatch under Galaxy series.

The focus on gamer-friendly features appears to be a shift away from Samsung's previous positioning of the Note as a productivity-boosting device, and is an attempt to lure younger customers as the company's smartphone sales falter. Covering a big event like this is often an exercise in stress management, so it would've been nice to use the Galaxy Watch's included Stress applet to help us manage the flood of emotions that come when testing new hardware. Fortunately the battery isn't needed for the typical stylus features that classic Galaxy Note users will be used to. And although the screen measures in at 6.4-inches, it's not got a notch on the top. The Note 9's camera upgrade is on par with the one given to the S9 in March, adding enhanced colours and exposure. We also snapped a quick selfie with the front-facing 8-megapixel camera.

Of course, we were only able to get a look at the new phone (and the also-announced Galaxy Watch) under tightly controlled conditions.

Firstly, this is a handset that - despite Samsung trying to make it appeal to the masses - is for the power user, not the average phone-buying consumer.

In this light, the Galaxy Home's main competitor is Apple's HomePod, meaning the devices will go head-to-head in the high-end smart home speaker market.

However, don't let this bold fashion statement fool you - the Galaxy Watch is as sturdy as they make them, employing Corning's tough Gorilla Glass DX+ glass, which is designed specifically for smartwatches.

It makes one wonder why Samsung bothered putting on a large event for such a thing, at vast cost, just to announce some small changes to the phone. Samsung's stock slid more than 3 per cent in Seoul after Eugene Investment & Securities labelled the Note 9 a "transitional product" that wasn't a game-changer.

If you're happy enough with the base model, the perhaps it's best not to interrogate the larger capacity version. While Samsung did show off some Bixby features, it didn't say much about the speaker itself and how it will work.

Here, we'd expect to laud the Note 9 as a harbinger: it usually provides clues for the future of the Galaxy S series.

Samsung discusses the camera in some detail in its press release but it wasn't featured very highly in the Unpacked presentation. The 42mm model is smaller and therefore has a smaller battery life.

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