Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Incremental improvements in new Samsung phone

Incremental improvements in new Samsung phone

According to Korean media, Samsung is considering ditching the Note altogether if consumers don't buy as many units as it hopes, and merge it with the premium Galaxy S lineup.

The new phone, the Galaxy Note 9, will be faster and will last longer without a recharge.

In fact, you don't even need to touch the S Pen to your phone to use it anymore.

Samsung's newest wearable has been given a battery life boost - now lasting up to seven days on a single charge, the firm claims - and will also support a standalone 4G connection meaning it can be used to get alerts independent of a smartphone.

In a thinly veiled stab at major competitor Apple, Samsung Electronics Australia mobile division vice-president Garry McGregor said the new feature was something rival gadgets had yet to match. Nevertheless, improved in-app technology has taken the camera to a new level.

Samsung said the camera system in the Note 9 will use artificial intelligence to help users take better photos, including scene recognition to automatically reset camera settings to ensure the best image is taken.

"Following a recent slump in sales, Samsung will be looking to the Note 9 to revive its fortunes", he said.

Samsung says that with a Note 9 with 512 GB of storage, an additional 512 card from Samsung (which hasn't been released) would get it to over 1 TB of storage.

The battery on the Note 9 though is a huge leap when compared to 3500mAh on the S9+, to 4000mAh. Any compatible USB-C-to-HDMI cable will do the trick thanks to the evolution of DeX we saw on the Galaxy Tab S4.

Seth Macy is IGN's tech and commerce editor and thinks maybe he wants to get a Samsung phone. To that end, it's built a thermal spreader heat sink that's three times larger than in the S9+ to cool down serious graphics loads, delivering 20 percent better cooling performance.

Samsung has unveiled a new flagship phone and smartwatch, as well as previewing its new smart home speaker during a busy event in NY.

The updates have meant a price increase, however, with the 128GB Note 9 costing £899, while the 512GB device will cost £1,099 when it goes on sale on August 24. Pre-orders of both the variants will begin on Friday, August 10 and the shipments will begin from August 20.

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