My boss has a few special rules for articles to go viral.
Number one: namedrop.
And two: Useful information.
Let’s be honest, how much further can you namedrop than Samsung, who just released their latest model Galaxy Note model.
Here are 8 facts about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 that Singaporeans especially should know.
1. The Rumours Are Mostly Spot-On
If you’ve been keeping track of all the rumours about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, you’ll be happy to know that the things that people are most excited about are mostly true.
The huge screen, big battery and even bigger storage.
Which really gave the Samsung “accidentally” leaked phone conspiracy theory some legitimacy.
But thankfully, when Samsung finally gave the full load of information about the Galaxy Note 9 on 9 Aug, the rumours were an exciting lead up to a whole new box of goodies.
Hint: The phone’s a heaven for gamers.
2. When is it available in Singapore?
The most important question of the day: when can Singaporeans get their hands on this baby?
According to news reports, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be available in selected markets from 24 Aug 2018.
And judging by the fact that Samsung smartphones typically make their way to Singapore at launch, or shortly after launch date, Singaporeans can look forward to that day as well.
Unfortunately, the prices (with and without contract) isn’t available yet, but they’ll be announced soon.
Just be prepared for it to be pricey.
3. Huge Battery + Huge Memory
Ah, there’s a reason why Samsung remains one of the more beloved brands today. Because they know what smartphone users really need in their phones.
Is it the design? Is it the camera? Nope.
What we really need is for our phones to last the whole day and a huge ass storage to put all our illegally downloaded videos.
And they’ve given that to us with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
The Galaxy Note 9 is equipped with a 4,000 mAH battery, (hopefully) more than enough to last an entire day of playing games, movies, calling your girlfriend and more.
The phablet comes in two versions: 128GB internal storage or 512GB internal storage. And if that’s not ridiculous enough, the phone can support up to 512GB microSD memory cards.
Plenty of space for your photos and videos.
4. Camera with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Sort Of
Okay, I know that I said that storage and battery life is more important than the camera. But it doesn’t hurt that this time, the camera in this phablet’s pretty impressive too.
I mean, you wouldn’t want to get a high-end phone with 3 megapixel back camera, would you?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is equipped with
The phone is equipped with an AI-Based Scene Optimiser. Sounds chim, right?
Okay, here’s how it works.
You decide to take a picture of a flower. The AI will analyse the scene and automatically tweak the settings to make the photos come out better.
Plus, it can gently scold you too.
For example, sorry ah, your lens dirty hor, you bastard. Or hello, your 17-year-old friend still haven’t learnt how to not blink when taking photos ah?
Okay, it won’t be that snarky but it’ll let you know all the same.
Of course, if you’re a pro photographer who likes to tinker around with aperture and all that on the smartphone, then this is probably useless for you.
Although I’ll leave all the tinkering for my DSLR and use the phone for quick snaps.
5. A BumbleBee S-Pen
Many people question Samsung’s choice of pairing a bright yellow S-Pen with the main Ocean Blue coloured unit, but that’s not the only reason why we call the S-Pen Bumblebee.
Because it’s the most powerful S-Pen to date. Just like how Bumblebee is the most powerful mute robot to date, geddit?
The S-Pen has a Bluetooth chip in it which allows you to control your phone up to 10m away.
Want to take a selfie and no poor schmuck around to exploit? Set it up and click.
Connected your phone to cast to your TV and need to let it charge out of reach? Click to play or stop your video.
The S-Pen can operate 200 clicks when fully charged. And charging time is a mere 40 seconds.
6. You Can Fortnite Mobile on Samsung Mobile Phones
Okay, in case you didn’t know, Fortnite is a game that everybody is going crazy over. It’s like PUBG, except you can build wars and do all sorts of crazy stuff in there.
If you’re a fan of that game, then you’re going to want to know this.
And it’s going to be available on Samsung mobile phones, according to Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney.
According to rumours online, it seems that Samsung has partnered up with Epic Games, and Fortnite Mobile could be exclusive to Samsung phones. At least for the first 30 days to 3 months before it’s available for all Android phones.
7. And With That, Samsung Gives You Yet Another Reason To Purchase The Galaxy Note 9
With such a high-performance game, you can be sure that no normal phone can tank Fortnite.
Which, I guess, is why Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is partnering up with Epic Games. After all, what better way to get people to buy your phone than to provide them with a reason to use your fancy gizmos?
With the huge battery life, big storage and huge screen, you’re going to enjoy the game on the Note 9.
Plus, they have yet another ace up their sleeves.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is equipped with a new water-carbon cooling hardware system.
In other words, it’s there to prevent the Note 9 from heating up so much it can fry an egg. Sunnyside up.
The new system, Samsung claims, can reduce overheating by 21 per cent.
8. The Specs Sheet
Now, after teasing you with all the epic features of Samsung Galaxy Note 9, it wouldn’t be fair to leave you guys hanging, right?
So here’s a rundown of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs:
- Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo / Samsung Experience 9.5
- Display: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED, 2960 x 1440
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- Storage: 128/512GB
- RAM: 6 or 8 GB
- Rear Camera: 12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel, OIS, f/1.5 or f/2.4 (Primary) / 12MP, OIS, f/2.4, telephoto lens (Secondary)
- Front Camera: 8MP, f/1.7, autofocus
- Battery: 4000 mAH non-removable battery
- Water Resistance: IP68
- Dimension: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm, 201g
- Colours: Midnight Black, Lavender Purple, Metallic Copper with matching S Pen, and Ocean Blue with a Yellow S Pen