Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch, Wireless Charger Duo, and Galaxy Home Smart Speaker

Samsung announced a lot of stuff at a product event today. Here’s a rundown of what was announced:

  • The new Galaxy Note 9 was announced and it is equipped with a 6.4-inch 2960 by 1400 Super AMOLED screen, and like previous Note models, it works with the S Pen stylus. It features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor, 6 to 8GB RAM, dual AKG speakers, a 4,000 mAh battery, and 12-megapixel dual-aperture camera system. But it adds a Intelligent Camera function that’s able to detect what you’re taking a photo of. The S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 9 introduces new Bluetooth-enabled features that allow it to be used to control the camera of the device for taking selfies and other photos, control video playback, and more. It will ship with Android 8.1 and pre-orders start tomorrow with an August 24th launch date. Here’s a video that does a full rundown of the specs:

  • Samsung also announced the Galaxy Watch, an LTE-enabled device that’s been designed to look like “a real watch” with a circular face and bezel that doubles as a control unit. It offers up Corning’s DX+ glass and better battery life than previous Samsung smart watches, with Samsung claiming that it will last several days on one charge. I question this move as the Apple Watch dominates the wearables category. But clearly the Korean company thinks they can make a go of it.
  • Samsung has introduced the Wireless Charger Duo that’s able to charge the watch and the phone at the same time.
  • Galaxy Home, which is designed to compete with Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod, Google Home, and other smart speaker options on the market. I’m really questioning this move as for starters, Bixby sucks. And on top of that, I don’t know how much room is left for a new entrant like Samsung.
  • Samsung has finally announced a deal with Spotify to enable the streaming service to be used seamlessly across all of Samsung’s devices.

Clearly the Galaxy Note 9 is the headline here. But all of these announcements will get Samsung a fair amount of press. But will it translate into sales? It will for the Note 9. I’m not sure about the rest of it. But time will tell.

UPDATE: Telus sent me that statement;

Following Samsung’s announcement of the new Galaxy Note 9 today, we’re happy to confirm that it is now available for pre-order at TELUS. The latest iteration of Samsung’s Note series is available for pre-order at for $750 with a Premium plan, and $550 with a Premium Plus plan. TELUS customers who pre-order the new Galaxy Note 9 will also receive a pair of Gear IconX earbuds, valued at $299.99.

The Note 9 will be available for purchase in-store and online at on August 24.



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