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The Samsung Note 9 has finally been unveiled, here are the details

The Note 9 offers water resistance, fast wireless charging, expandable microSD storage (expandable to 640GB), and a headphone jack.

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After months of leaks, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has finally been released into the wild.

The Note 9, as expected, is being sold in two pricey configurations. There’s the $999 128GB model with 6GB of RAM and the $1,250 512GB model that includes 8GB of RAM. Nearly identical to its predecessor regarding its look, the Note 9 offers water resistance, fast wireless charging, expandable microSD storage (expandable to 640GB), and a headphone jack. In a change from the Note 8, the device’s rear fingerprint sensor has been moved to the spot below the camera, just like on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus released earlier this year.

At launch, the Note 9 will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo and be available in two color choices, ocean blue and lavender purple. The blue model includes an all-new bright yellow S Pen, long rumored. The Note 9’s screen is slightly bigger, 6.4 inches versus the 6.3-inch display found on the Note 8. It also includes a bigger battery, 4,000mAh, also long rumored. Overall, the device is slightly shorter than its predecessor thanks to smaller bezels on the top and bottom.

The Note 9’s camera system is the same one you’ll find on the Galaxy S9 Plus. It includes two 12-megapixel cameras and a dual-aperture (f/1.5 or f/2.4) trick with the primary, wide-angle camera. Both lenses have optical image stabilization. New this year is a Scene Optimizer mode that analyzes the subject and can identify up to 20 different scenarios, such as food, pets, sunsets, and plants. From there, the camera will automatically apply changes to brightness, contrast, saturation, and white balance before you snap the shot to ensure the best possible result.

Finally, like the Galaxy S9, the Note 9 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor. But this time around, Samsung says it has made optimizations to the GPU. There’s also a new water cooling system inside the phone. Yes, a water cooling system. Samsung says this “Water Carbon Cooling system” has been designed to ensure smooth, consistent performance during long gaming sessions.

You can pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 now with the first shipments due on Aug. 24.

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