Finally, Galaxy Note 9 is here and we finally get to know what the real thing will look and feel like. Pricing starts $1000 and will ship from Aug. 24

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is finally here is all its official glory. However, the months of almost incessant leaks have ensured there are no real surprises left when the real thing emerges. And the leaks have been pretty much accurate too, tallying well with the real specs.

That includes the 6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen that has a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. Also, as is the usual Samsung practice, the phone is going to have two processor versions based on the region where it is sold. The Note 9 devices that are going to be sold in the US and some European countries comes powered by the Snapdragon 845 while the same sold in Asia including some parts of Europe will have the Exynos 9810 at its core.

That apart, the Note 9 also offers two RAM and storage options – the entry-level version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage along with the top -end model with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. Then there also is the option to add another 512 GB via micro SD cards for both versions.

Also, as has been speculated, the Note 9 comes with a dual real camera setup arranged horizontally with the fingerprint sensor sitting right below the camera cluster. The real primary camera is of 12MP resolution and comes with f/1.5 – f/2.4 variable aperture lens. The secondary camera too is of 12MP resolution and f/2.4 aperture, besides offering 2X optical zoom.

The camera also supports advanced AI feature for scene identification. Besides, the camera boasts of portrait mode and HDR technologies as well. Then there also is the heart rate sensor embedded within the rear camera cluster, as has been the case with Galaxy flagship phones for some time now. Meanwhile, the front selfie cam comprises of an 8MP lens of f/1.7 aperture.

The rest of the specs include Android 8 Oreo as the default OS with Samsung’s own UI software running on top. The Note 9 also comes with a 4,000mAh battery this time, with support for fast charging.

The basic looks, however, are much the same the Galaxy S9+ though the obvious difference here is the S Pen stylus that the Note 9 comes with. And the S Pen has also been given a thorough makeover as well, which includes in-built support for Bluetooth this time. So besides rendering its usual role of writing or doodling on the screen, the S Pen can also function as a remote as well.

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All the above comes for a price though, which stands at $1000 for the base 6 GB RAM model while the top-end 8 GB RAM version will set one back a cool $1250. Pre-order have started though shipping starts Aug. 24.

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