What’s new with Samsung’s S-Pen for Galaxy Note 9

Sheri Evans
August 12, 2018

When I reached out to Samsung to ask about the Note 9's pricing, a representative told me: "We are doing things differently this time and aligned to one price across carriers".

In addition to the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Home was unveiled - a new home smart speaker that will be coming your way in November. This will let people control music or snap selfies just by clicking the stylus.

Being a big phone release from the biggest Android manufacturer, the Note 9 will have plenty of third-party accessories like screen protectors, rugged cases and vehicle mounts for your employees to use to keep the phone itself safe. In this current trend of making screens longer and longer while narrowing bezels, Samsung seems to have forgotten that the S Pen is pretty much the only value proposition of the Note over a Galaxy S. The phone feels so narrow that it's somewhat uncomfortable to write on with a pen.

- The Note 9 comes with a stylus called S Pen.

Here's how the deal works: you choose between a Samsung Galaxy S9 or Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, then choose your preferred color, and then you get a free Chromebook 3 (with 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage) when you complete your purchase.

The S-pen was first released in 2011.

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'I would say the functionality of the S Pen with Bluetooth, ' replied Beaumont when asked what her number one feature of the new phone would be.

Eric McCarty, VP with Mobile B2B at Samsung, spoke with TechRepublic at Samsung Unpacked 2018 about how Knox security support and multi-day battery life make Samsung's Galaxy Watch a great choice for business users. So expect out-of-this-world screen on this phone when you look at it. All three colour options for the Note 9 are available with the same welcome pack added as well.

- The Note 9 uses an all glass design, wrapped in a metal frame.

The Galaxy Watch is MIL-STD-810 certified for durability and 5ATM + IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. Although the phone will go on pre-orders even before that. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor, heart rate sensor, proximity sensor, RGB light sensor, Iris sensor, and a pressure sensor. As of now, you can pre-order the Galaxy Note 9 only on Samsung's website in India, but Flipkart, Amazon, and Paytm Mall should join the list soon.

Verizon is offering the Galaxy Note 9's 128GB model at $41.66 a month for 24 months, or the full retail price of $999.99. This is essentially $1000.

Equipped with a 472mAh battery, the smartwatch can last for several days on a single charge, compared to less than 24 hours for most smartwatches available in the market. This will be for the 128GB variant with the 512GB variant priced at least Rs 5000 higher.

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