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Angelo Anderson
August 10, 2018

The Galaxy Watch will have optional LTE, allowing users to receive calls, texts, and other alerts even when their Galaxy smartphone isn't with them.

After months of speculation and leaks, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 has finally been unveiled in NY!

While the new Galaxy Note 9 looks pretty much identical to the Note 8 with its edge-to-edge display and glossy IP68-certified chassis, Samsung is touting a bunch of upgrades, starting with a new and improved Bluetooth S Pen, which lets users pause and resume music playback, and even use it as a camera shutter button. The watch will last "several days" on a single charge thanks to its new optimized processor and low-power technology built into the device.

The 42mm version of the watch, which is the smaller size, starts at $329, while the larger 46mm version starts at $349.99.

Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 in NY, banking on the larger-screen device to rejuvenate sales of a struggling flagship line and fend off Apple Inc.'s upcoming iPhones over the holidays. The Galaxy Watch is available to preorder Friday, Aug. 10 and goes on sale Aug. 24 at Amazon, Best Buy and Samsung. Just be happy if you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone right now. I typically tend to switch to my classic analogue timepiece when going out, however, after trying the Galaxy Watch on I am quite confident that it wouldn't feel out of place in the theater, or during pre- and post-show drinks.

Samsung launched the Note 9 at 11 NY on Thursday, or Friday midnight in Seoul. The company didn't have a lot of details on how it would work, but it should be able to mirror the commands you issue to your Galaxy smartphone and, soon, the Samsung Galaxy Home speaker. Entry level price is $999 (6GB RAM / 128GB storage) rising to $1,250 for the model with 8GB RAM and 512GB of storage. This is likely due to the extra grunt needed to maintain a mobile connection.

Elsewhere, the Note 9 features AKG-tuned stereo speakers that are the "loudest ever" on a Samsung phone, a rear-positioned fingerprint scanner, Google's Android 8.1 Oreo OS, USB-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, support for wireless charging and Samsung DeX, which can now be enabled using an HDMI adaptor.

Samsung is eschewing Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) with its latest smartwatch, and that may be the reason behind its longer battery life. It's also tying its Watch more closely to its Galaxy line, contrasting with the Gear line.

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