Why the Galaxy Note 9 is the new king of the enterprise

Gerald Bowen
August 11, 2018

The most important internal change is Samsung's new 4,000mAh battery - the Note 8 has a 3,300mAh cell.

There is no doubt this is another feature aimed at business and productivity users - you can imagine offices all over the place using their Note phones to make presentations, with the S Pen used to move to the next slide. Samsung has borrowed the unnecessary-but-nice-to-have variable aperture from the S9, and new camera software can detect problems with your photos like someone blinking or a blurry lens. Considering the Note 8 left many wondering why they should buy one over the S8 - an nearly identical phone save for the S-Pen and dual cameras - it's refreshing to see the Note series return to its overpowered roots.

The new phones will come out August 24.

Since then, Samsung has subjected its phones to multiple inspections, including X-rays and stress tests at extreme temperatures. Borrowing from the iPhone's playbook, the Note 9 will have the same USA price regardless of carrier. This pressure-sensitive stylus would be well suited for taking notes on the iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus, but support for the Pencil is limited to Apple's tablets. Recall the Note 9 comes with an IP68 waterproof build.

Bixby may have negative value for Samsung, says one analyst, as it is "hopelessly outclassed" even by Apple's Siri. Purists can turn the feature off to get images that reflect what the eye sees - an option unavailable with Pixel.

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.

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The Note's stylus will now have Bluetooth, allowing people to control phones and apps from up to 30 feet away. It has never made sense to me why Samsung, the largest phone maker in the world, has let carriers set their own pricing instead of telling carriers what to charge.

Samsung also previewed a new voice-assisted speaker, the Galaxy Home, using its homegrown digital assistant, Bixby. It promises quality sound, in a potential challenge to Apple's Siri-based HomePod speaker.

Other benefits to the partnership will be revealed in time: "Moving forward, both Samsung and Spotify will work together long-term to make the out-of-the-box experience even more frictionless and easy", we were told.

"Samsung is, understandably, concerned that it is missing out on a product category that combines consumer electronics, AI and home automation - all areas where Samsung is making major investments", said Avi Greengart, research director for consumer platforms and devices at GlobalData.

Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Home, its smart speaker with Bixby, at the event.

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