Galaxy Note9 pre-order live at B&H complete with freebies

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"Samsung has today officially unveiled its much-anticipated Galaxy Note 9 flagship smartphone, featuring a massive 6.4" AMOLED+ display, a new Bluetooth-enabled S Pen, and a hefty 4,000mAh battery. It's also the first Galaxy-branded product to run anything other than a flavor of Android, as it runs on Samsung's Tizen wearable operating system rather than Google's Wear OS (formerly known as Android Wear).

With up to 8GB of RAM and the Exynos 9 CPU, the Note 9 comes tooled for the level of processing necessary for gaming, and Samsung will be keen to make the most of partnering with Fortnite developers Epic Games.

Meanwhile, the Note 9 offers a slightly larger screen than that of the S9+.

OnePlus 6 only costs $579. Samsung has been conservative on battery improvements ever since its Note 7 phone in 2016 developed a tendency to ignite, prompting an expensive recall and delivering a hit to the company's reputation.

In this light, the Galaxy Home's main competitor is Apple's HomePod, meaning the devices will go head-to-head in the high-end smart home speaker market. Even if the battery has no power it will still work as a regular S Pen for note taking, signing, drawing, screen-off memos and so on.

Even in tough times, Samsung has a solid source of income it can lean on for investment: memory chips, an industry the world's biggest chipmaker controls with SK Hynix and Micron. Granted, most carriers and retailers are running promotions for the Note 9, but not a single one directly impacts the starting price of the device.

Of course, we were only able to get a look at the new phone (and the also-announced Galaxy Watch) under tightly controlled conditions. Both the phone and S-pen are IP68 certified for water/dust resistance.

It should be noted though that these figures are based on the 46mm model. There's a much larger battery, likely improved screen technology, an improved camera, a more capable S Pen, more capacity as standard and stereo speaker for your money. Last year's Galaxy Note8 (and the S8) placed it to the right side of the camera, causing users to accidentally smudge the camera with their fingers. In the USA, the Galaxy Watch LTE version will be available through AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon as well as at Samsung.

And that redesign really is key, arguably, to the success of the Galaxy Watch, as despite this new smartwatch packing some neat new features, the fact that it looks more like a regular watch will no-doubt be the foremost decider in whether potential adopters pull the trigger.

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