Galaxy Note9 unboxed and ready to sell

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Galaxy Note9 in ocean blue and lavender purple

Samsung’s Note9 is unboxed. Do you want it? Should you want it?

Maybe.

The new Note9 is very similar to the Note8, but with upgrades. Slightly seems to be the best way to describe the new Note. It’s slightly larger, has a sightly larger screen, is slightly heavier, has a slightly better camera  and is slightly more expensive.

The new Note costs $1000, the same price the sent Apple haters into a frenzy over the iPhone X. That’s up about $70 over last year’s Note8.

The Note 9 weighs about 201 grams whereas the Note8 weighs 195 grams.

The Good Stuff

New camera software has been added to the Note9 so that it recognizes certain objects. Lets say you are taking a picture of a flower. The camera knows its a flower and optimizes its settings for flowers. Otherwise, the Notes 9 and 8 have the same camera.

The screen for the Note9 is 6.4 inches while the 8’s screen is 6.3 inches.

The Note9 does have a much larger battery than its predecessor. The 4,000 mAh battery is said to give the phone all-day use without charging. The Note8 has a 3,300 mAh battery.

The Note 9 also allows you to add much more storage space. There are only two options, 128 gigabytes or 512 gigabytes. The New Note allows you to add a 512 gigabyte micro SD card, giving you more than a terabyte of storage.

The biggest upgrade is the S Pen – a stylus by any other name – which can serve as a remote. If you buy the blue Note9, it comes with a bright yellow S Pen. Usually, the pen matches the color of the phone.

Speaking of colors, the Note9 is available only in ocean blue and lavender in the US. Other countries get copper or black. Lavender? Really?

Is this really enough to get folks to upgrade to a more expensive phone? That’s hard to say. Samsungs unboxing was cool as usual and the new features seem to work well, but $1000 was once rare territory for cell phones.

Avi Greengart, research director of consumer platforms at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, likes the new Note, calling it “a technical powerhouse,” but has reservations.

“The Note9’s 4,000 mAh battery directly address a key consumer pain point – consumers buying a premium phone want to be able to use it all day long,” Greengart said. “However, the Note9’s improvements are iterative, and as consumers hold on to their phones longer, Samsung is having a hard time selling expensive phones that are not well differentiated from their predecessors. While some carriers are offering generous promotions at launch, the Note9 is certainly expensive, starting at $999 for the 128GB version,” Greengart said.

Best Pre-order Deals

Pre-orders for the Note9 have begun and continue through August 23. Pre-order the phone from Samsung, www.samsung.com and choose between noise cancelling headphones and a Fortnite (incredibly popular video game) pack with 15,000 V-bucks and a Galxay man phone cover as a gift. Want both? Sure, just give Samsung an additional $100. 

AT&T is offering $1000 credit for purchasing two Note9s on the same order. Technically, that’s buy one, get one (BOGO), but you have to purchases at least one line of service as well.

T-Mobile will give you 50 percent off a Note9 if you trade in a Samsung phone through 24 month bill credits. You can also get the headphone and Fortnite offer.

Verizon is offering the BOGO deal on the 128GB Note9. You can replace the Note with a Galaxy S9 or S9+.

Sprint will not sell the 512GB Note9. If you want the 128 gig model through Sprint Flex for 20.83 a month, essentially half price.

Best Buy, www.bestbuy.com, sells all of the above carrier’s phones and usually matches any deal if you want an unlocked (works on any carrier) phone from the company. Trade in a Samsung phone and get $300. The deal goes up to $450 on an unlocked phone.

cross@alldaytech.com