On Thursday, Samsung unveiled their brand new Galaxy Note 9. Samsung’s launch came significantly earlier, as the big smartphone manufacturers usually launch new products in September.
Samsung’s early launch gives them a head start on competitors, specifically on Apple. The smartphone market has become saturated over the past few years and Samsung didn’t want their premium product being forgotten or buried under media weight of the iPhone. Samsung not only launched the Note 9 but also their new Galaxy Watch which is set to take on the Apple Watch for market share.
By launching in August, Samsung has managed to curve out a brief period where its new device can stand out on its own. Its features can be examined properly without being compared to its competitors. Of course the new Note 9 comes with upgraded software and better performance, and Samsung has also partnered up with arguably the most popular game in the world right now, Fortnite, for an Android-exclusive gaming experience on the Note 9.
According to Mybroadband, the availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in South Africa is expected on 24 August 2018, in three colours: Midnight Black, Metallic Copper and Ocean Blue. the 128 GB version will cost you R 18,999 and the 512 GB version will be R23, 999. While on contract its estimate to be around R799 pm and the Galaxy Watch is expected to set you back around R 6,499.
Specification for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9:
- Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (speed 2.7GHz)
- Screen – 6.4”
- RAM – 6 GB/ 8 GB
- Internal Storage – 128 GB/512 GB (Supports MicroSD)
- Battery – 4000 mAh
- Front Camera – 12 MP
- Rear Camera – 8 MP
- Software – Android 8 Oreo, Modified by Samsung
By Mokgethi Mtezuka