Since I wrote about the iPhone X, I thought I’d better talk about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9. I find that people seem to be divided quite solidly into either one of these two camps and I have to admit I’m an Apple girl myself, but this new Samsung does sound pretty good.
It’s big, you certainly wouldn’t call it thin but Samsung are gambling that the massive memory life and space will make up for that. It comes in 128GB and 512GB models, but you could can expand it to up to 1TB – more than my laptop. The CPU is a full third faster than previous models and it has a 4000mAh battery (that’s a really, really good battery).
It’s also water resistant, has a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB-C port. The bluetooth enabled stylus is a cool feature, it can be used as a remote as well. And the camera is as excellent as you would expect – great in low light with some new AI features including scene recognition. One of my favourite features: all that is required to plug this thing into an external display is the right adapter cable. It’s essentially a little computer.
So as you might imagine it’s not going to be cheap. The 128GB model will sell for $1699 in NZ and the 512GB model will be $1999. It will be available in NZ from the 24th of August.
Here are a couple of articles from The Herald and Newshub if you’d like to read more. And here is a comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the iPhone X for anyone who is on the fence with a spare $1700 – 2K laying around.