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Samsung's €1,279 phone a tough sell as operators refuse to stock device

12 August 2018
Samsung's €1,279 phone a tough sell as operators refuse to stock device

While the Note 9 itself has been refreshed with latest processors, a larger battery, and better cameras, it is the small stylus that pops out of it that the Korean tech giant hopes will help sell this new phone. The smartphone will be manufactured factory that was recently inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi. The premium model costs a whopping €1,279.

The device will be available at prices starting Rs.67,900. Pre-bookings can be done both online and offline, and the entire sum needs to be paid.

The phablet - a cross between a smartphone and a tablet - will hit stores on August 24, Samsung said. Under the Samsung Upgrade Program, the company is also bumping up the exchange value of select smartphones by an additional INR 6,000.

The camera will also offer a warning if someone blinked in a shot, or if the image is blurry. The taller form factor makes up for a more immersive experience and also makes multitasking on the phone smoother.

Airtel is offering the handset with downpayment of Rs. 7,999 and 24 EMIs of Rs. 2,999. The base model was to come with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM.

Additionally, all pre-orders will receive a choice of 15,000 V-Bucks for Fortnite (worth $150) or a pair of AKG N60 noise-cancelling headphones ($300 MSRP).

The camera capabilities on the Note 9 have been borrowed from its latest predecessor, the Galaxy S9+, which comes with variable aperture settings allowing the users to switch between f/1.5 or f/2.4 aperture depending on the lighting conditions.

Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy Note 9 only yesterday and the device is yet to go on sale. And it has the "largest edge-to-edge display ever on a Note" - a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display (Full HD+ but can be switched to Quad HD+). The processing prowess is lent to the device either by Snapdragon 845 or by Samsung's own Exynos 9810 chipset depending upon the region. And if the 128GB of internal storage in that model isn't enough, a 512GB Note 9 is available for $1,249. We know that. And for those folk, we've created a guide to the best Galaxy Note 9 deals already on the market. This will let people control music or snap selfies just by clicking the stylus. There is a scene optimiser with 20 scene types.

In addition, it also claims to be able to tell you if the lighting is bad - such as when shooting against backlighting - and even if you have a smudge on the lens that may be compromising image quality.

Note9's camera matches that of Galaxy S9 Plus. 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. The more streamlined camera and fingerprint scanner section at the back is a welcome change from the big, black rectangle found in the Note 8.