Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Analysts Are Already Worried About the Samsung Galaxy Home

Analysts Are Already Worried About the Samsung Galaxy Home

The new phone, the Galaxy Note 9, will be faster and will last longer without a recharge.

A 21 percent boost in battery capacity from last year's Note 8 should translate to more than a day of normal use without a recharge.

SAMSUNG HAS SURPRISED no one with the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 9, which is exactly what you were expecting it to be.

After months of speculation and leaks, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 has finally been unveiled in NY!

Prior rumors about the leaked "Galaxy" skin being a Samsung exclusive were confirmed at the launch event, and it will be available to Galaxy Note 9 and Tab 4 owners that download the game.

The new phones will come out August 24.

Perhaps keenly aware that phones don't sell themselves these days, Samsung talked up integration and partnerships. Well, we can't say just yet - but the Note 9 is clearly a behemoth of phone, aimed at the most demanding power users out there.

The "phablet" - combining features of a phone with a tablet - comes with Samsung's largest battery in a flagship phone - and the company seems to be confident in having left the explosive failure of the Galaxy Note 7 batteries behind it.

Thursday's announcement in NY comes about a month before Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones. The anything-but-the-Note 9 brigade.

As we said, we're leaving the iPhone X out of this little roundup, and that makes the iPhone 8 Plus your best big-screen option on Apple iOS.

Samsung has faced intense competition recent years, both from big names such as Huawei and longstanding rival Apple, and a raft of budget smartphone manufacturers. It's much like applying filters with an app, except that the phone will do this itself, much the way Google's Pixel phones already do.

Auto Scene Optimization is also in hand, and this works on the same principle as scene recognition modes on other smartphones and cameras, first identifying subjects before deciding on a category and adjusting parameters such as contrast, brightness and saturation to suit.

Samsung poured all its resources into the Galaxy Note 9 after disappointing sales of the Galaxy S9 in the first half of this year led to smartphone sales dropping by eight million compared to the same period of 2017 and its global market share fell 1.7 percentage points. It promises quality sound, in a potential challenge to Apple's Siri-based HomePod speaker. It promised more details at its developers' conference in November. The device has a "water carbon cooling system", which spreads and ultimately dissipates heat from the chipset using carbon fiber to, ideally, prevent overheating. The new smart speaker also supports Spotify music streaming service.

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