Features of electronic giant’s first smartwatch revealed — Samsung Galaxy Watch

Donna Miller
August 10, 2018

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is here, officially announced along with the new Note 9 smartphone at Galaxy Unpacked 2018, and judging from my brief hands-on time with the renamed Gear S4, the South Korean maker seems to have delivered a more stylish sequel to the Gear Sport that should also appeal to a broader audience.

With that in mind, we've got some of the first benchmarks for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 today which don't paint a rosy picture for the device.

The company didn't immediately give a release date or prices for the Galaxy Watch, but we know it'll be available in three colors: Silver, Midnight Black and Rose Gold. That marquee gadget failed to capture consumers' imagination or stop Huawei Technologies Co. and Xiaomi Corp. from grabbing market share at the Korean giant's expense.

Thursday's announcement in NY comes about a month before Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones.

Epic Games will start rolling out access to players not using Samsung phones in the next few days.

"The product was too similar to the S8".

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It's hard to see the Note 9 doing incredible numbers in terms of sales. "We are pleased that Samsung has designed Gorilla Glass 'DX+' into their latest device".

That stance is easing with executives promising to introduce eye-opening features more aggressively. They aren't expected to really dive into that until their Samsung Developer Conference in November. The biggest reservation that most businesses will have is the speed of updates.

Its S Pen stylus is Bluetooth-enabled and created to act as a remote for controlling YouTube video playback. The Note was the first modern enthusiast's smartphone, and it attracted a fiercely loyal buyer who, to put it bluntly, thought big-ass phones were awesome and that iPhones couldn't possibly meet a power user's needs. There's been speculation - unconfirmed by Apple - that all new iPhones will ditch the home button and fingerprint sensor and rely entirely on facial-recognition technology found in the iPhone X. The Note 9 will still have a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. It'll also allow more accurate writing and drawing on the phone's screen.

Samsung has also added an adjustable aperture 12MP main camera to the Note 9, which is paired with a 12MP telephotos camera.

Samsung launched the Note 9 at 11 a.m.in NY on Thursday, or Friday midnight in Seoul. This feature lets users connect their device to a computer display using a separate accessory, essentially turning the smartphone into a full-featured desktop with apps. Additionally, the OnePlus 6 in the test is running on 8GB of RAM, so the Note 9 and the device are pretty much on par.

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