Samsung has unveiled a range of new devices today including its largest smartphone yet, and new Apple Watch and HomePod competitors. Read on for a closer look at all these releases.
Just ahead of Apple’s iPhone event next month, Samsung today hosted an Unpacked event in New York to unveil its latest Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Home smart speaker at more. Let’s dive into Samsung’s latest smartphone first.
Galaxy Note 9
With a 6.4-inch SuperAMOLED display sporting a resolution of 2960 × 1440, this is Samsung’s largest smartphone yet. It is one inch larger than the Galaxy Note 8 and considerably larger than the iPhone X’s 5.8-inch display. However, Apple is expected to release a 6.5-inch X Plus that could come with new landscape features.
Other Note 9 specs include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage for the base model, with a new variant that offers a massive 512GB of internal storage.
Another change is the generous 4,000 mAh battery, which is a 20% increase over the Note 8 and considerably larger than the iPhone X’s 2,716 mAh capacity.
The Galaxy Note 9 will go up for sale staring on August 24th, priced at $999 for the 128GB model, with Samsung asking $1,249 for the 512GB version. Pre-orders will start at 12:01 a.m. EDT on August 10th.
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Samsung also revealed its latest wearable, the Galaxy Watch. Compared to the Note 9, the company hasn’t revealed a whole lot of details about the new smartwatch yet, but it touted one of the major upgrades to be battery life to last “several days” on a single charge thanks to an optimized processor. It will also support LTE to work standalone.
Other details include the company bringing its Bixby smart assistant to the device, a new “My Day” watch face, and its suite of health features.
Galaxy Watch will be available starting August 24th and come in 46mm and 42mm sizes priced at $350 and $330, respectively for the non-LTE versions. Samsung said the LTE versions will be available “later in 2018.”
While just a teaser, Samsung showed off its upcoming smart speaker at its event. The Galaxy Home will be looking to grab some share of the growing smart speaker market with an approach very similar to HomePod.
Samsung touted a high range and a subwoofer that delivers rich base with Harman Kardon and AKG. Eight microphones allow for far-field voice recognition with the ability detect a user’s location and direct audio towards them with a “Hi Bixby, SteerSound” command. It can also be used to adapt to the specific contours of a room.
Galaxy Home has a distinct tripod design that could be polarizing. It sounds like it is also larger than HomePod. No release or pricing details were announced, time will tell how it stacks up against HomePod, Google Home Max, Sonos, and more.
Another parallel with Apple and the yet to be released AirPower accessory was the official announcement of the previously leaked Samsung Wireless Charger Duo. As the name suggests, this will allow users to easily charge both their Galaxy smartphone and Galaxy Watch at the same time. However, no release details or price was shared for this either.
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