Samsung launches Note 9, smartwatch and home speaker at Galaxy Unpacked event
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Samsung has unveiled a range of new devices including the Galaxy Note 9 “phablet”, a smartwatch and a home speaker at an event in New York.
The South Korean technology giant said the Note 9 would have “all-day battery”, and will come in either 128GB or 512GB storage options as well as a slot for an additional memory card, meaning users of the latter card could have up to one terabyte of space - more than many laptops.
The S Pen stylus that comes with the Note 9 has also been updated to now support Bluetooth, meaning it can be used remotely to run presentations or take photos just by clicking its top.
The camera itself has been improved too, with artificial intelligence added to recognise scenes and alter settings to take better pictures automatically, as well as alerting users to any blur spotted so they can quickly retake a photo.
Hopefully the Note 9’s 4,000mAh battery won’t be subject to the same flaws found in the Note 7 that saw some of the devices overheat, resulting in fires.
The new Galaxy Watch was also revealed with improved battery life of up to seven days and will feature a new stress management system that will automatically detect stress levels in wearers and offer breathing exercises to counter it.
It will support a standalone 4G connection meaning it can be used to get alerts independent of a smartphone.
The device is capable of tracking sleep, and Samsung has added the ability for it to track 21 new types of indoor exercise.
The New York event also featured a Galaxy Home speaker, a device that will use its Bixby voice assistant and compete with similar products from Amazon, Apple and Google. Spotify will be supported on the speakers, along with all other Samsung devices - news that sent shares in the music-streaming service provider up nearly 5 per cent. The company confirmed it contains six built-in speakers and a subwoofer.
Samsung does not break out shipments of its smartphone models, but analysts believe it may have shipped approximately 10 million Note 8 models so far.
With regards to the Note 9, mobile phone market tracker Counterpoint Research said in a blog, “The jury is still out if the device can boost sales of Samsung’s premium category,” pointing to stiff competition from the iPhone X, Huawei’s P20 Pro and the Find X from China’s Oppo Electronics. “The price is a big factor.”
The Note 9 is more expensive than previous generations with a starting price of £899 for the 128GB version and £1,099 for the 512GB model.
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