The Samsung Galaxy Watch Is Definitely Happening

Joanna Estrada
August 11, 2018

According to industry analysts, Note 9 can build a robust road-map for Samsung at a time when the premium segment globally is reporting flat or lower sales amid Chinese players offering flagship devices at a much lower price points in price-sensitive markets like India.

This means that the Galaxy skin is inevitably going to be one of the rarest skins in the game, because of how few people comparatively are going to be able to get it versus the massive playerbase. We asked Spotify a few questions, therefore, to understand more clearly what Samsung device and home kit owners will get from the partnership and whether it will benefit users without Spotify Premium too.

Samsung also breathed some life into its smartwatch, with Galaxy Watch, featuring new silicon for the first time in two years, and a slightly larger display (42mm and 46mm) than before.

It may be the hottest gadget in town right now, but Samsung has promised that its new phone will absolutely not catch fire like one of its ill-fated predecessors. Entry level price is $999 (6GB RAM / 128GB storage) rising to $1,250 for the model with 8GB RAM and 512GB of storage. I don't know who needs 1TB of storage on a phone, but if you do, the Note 9 will let you have it.

And for those wondering why the iPhone X doesn't feature. well that's even more expensive than the Note 9! You also still get to choose from the aforementioned bonus perks when preordering. The new, Bixby-powered smart speaker was revealed on Thursday 9 August in NY alongside the the hotly anticipated Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Watch. Go here to check it out.

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The Note 9 utilizes AI functions to enable the camera to guess what is being photographed and checks if a photo has been taken properly. But that doesn't affect their usability for taking quick notes. You can still use it to write, click and draw on the Note 9 if you wish - though that sort of thing has never really appealed to me. It seems very fast, too, as I pointed the phone at a plant and it took about a second for the small leaf icon to appear on-screen - letting me know that the plant has been detected.

For professionals and enterprise users, the Note can run in DeX mode via just an HDMI cable, rather than requiring a hefty proprietary dock, as before.

Bixby may have negative value for Samsung, says one analyst, as it is "hopelessly outclassed" even by Apple's Siri.

But if you are not in the market for wearables, Samsung has two more launch offer options - INR 6,000 ($87) cashback through HDFC Bank or no cost EMI from INR 5,5657.57 ($82) each month. Stay tuned for our full review.

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