After months of rampant speculation (and plenty of leaks and rumors), it’s finally here: the Samsung Galaxy Note9, the latest in a long line of stylus-touting flagship smartphones from the Korean company. (Also now official: the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Home, a smart home speaker.) It’s a tad early for a final verdict — the first units won’t ship until August 24, roughly two weeks after they become available for preorder — but Samsung gave us an idea of what to expect from the smartphone at a lavish event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Here’s everything you need to know.
The Galaxy Note9 shares a lot in common with the Galaxy Note8, its year-old predecessor. In fact, if you put the two side by side, you’d have a tough time telling them apart.
The Note9’s body is fashioned from durable aluminum, like the Note8’s, which can withstand submersion in pools of water 1.5 meters deep for a full 30 minutes. It’s about 6.4 inches measured diagonally and 8.8 millimeters thick — just 0.06 inches and 0.2mm larger, respectively, than the Note8. And it weighs 201 grams, making it slightly heavier than the 195-gram Note8.
The Note9 boasts a bezel-to-bezel screen with an 18:5:9 aspect ratio that curves around the lip of either edge, with protective glass that’s extraordinarily thin and light (Samsung reportedly delayed the Note9’s launch by two weeks to shave 0.5mm off the panel’s thickness). The top and bottom bezels are a tad narrower, in keeping with industry trends, and with the exception of an iris scanner, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor,…