Best of the Week

Best of the Week

The Galaxy Note 9 was unveiled yesterday at Samsung's Unpacked event in NY.

Earlier this week Epic Games and Samsung both announced the long-awaited news of Fortnite's Android release.

The latest iteration of Samsung's Galaxy Note line was scheduled for release on August 9, 2018 in NY at 8:00 EST/9:00 PST (or 16:00 BST).

The Note 9 launches with Android 8.1, which would have been fine a few weeks ago. This further cements the Note's position as a business device, as we saw a hands-on demo of the S Pen being used to flick through a PowerPoint presentation. It'll ship with Samsung's in-house 10nm Exynos 9810 CPU (or Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 in the US), paired with either 6GB or 8GB RAM depending on whether you pick up the 128GB or 512GB model. In contrast, the Gear S3 cost $349 (£349) at launch, so providing you plump for the smaller model, this time you can get hooked up for $20 less.

It is perhaps a little disappointing that the camera hardware is the same as the S9+ - though this is again no bad thing - but the Note 9 camera now has updated software, with integrated AI scene recognition. It has never made sense to me why Samsung, the largest phone maker in the world, has let carriers set their own pricing instead of telling carriers what to charge.

So you won't get asked to hand over the Note 9 before boarding an airplane? Samsung Galaxy Watch comes in two display sizes of 442mm and 46mm. In addition, users can stay on track of their meals using Bixby Vision on their Galaxy device.

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The firm added that its proprietary CPU (central processing unit) was 33% faster than before. T-Mobile is offering up to $500 off when you trade in an eligible Samsung device.

For example, if you are playing a track on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and walk into a room with a compatible Samsung smart TV, the TV can instantly continue to play the track.

Based on its design, I would safely assume that the Galaxy Home is going to be sold as a premium speaker, closer in price to the $349 Apple HomePod than to the $99 Amazon Echo.

Samsung said that it had partnered with Spotify to provide a streamed music service but did not reveal if other options would be available.

Nutrition is also present with calorie tracking and personalised alerts. £400. The Huawei P20 Pro is £400 cheaper than the best-value Note 9 deal out there at the moment.

While Apple is ranked the bestselling wearable tech manufacturer, according to IDC's latest figures, Samsung did not even make the top five.

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