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Elsewhere, the Note 9 features AKG-tuned stereo speakers that are the "loudest ever" on a Samsung phone, a rear-positioned fingerprint scanner, Google's Android 8.1 Oreo OS, USB-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, support for wireless charging and Samsung DeX, which can now be enabled using an HDMI adaptor. But if you have sensitive business data that employees are carrying with them everywhere, you'll want a bit of extra protection. If you buy from Paytm Mall, you can get a cashback of Rs.6,000. That means a dual-camera setup, with one lens sporting a variable aperture which can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on light levels, while the other lens is a f/2.4 telephoto unit. If you need even more space for multitasking prowess, there will also be a 512GB storage/8GB RAM option.

The new S Pen sports a bold yellow colour on this model and features Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) connectivity, which allows you to use it as a remote control for the smartphone.

Helpfully, the Note 9 displays a round badge with a pen symbol that you can hover over with the stylus to see what actions are available (double click to see next photo in Gallery, for instance).

SAMSUNG HAS SURPRISED no one with the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 9, which is exactly what you were expecting it to be. Gives freedom to break away and stay connected longer.

The device runs Android 8.1 Oreo OS, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset for the United States customers and the models powered by Samsung's very own "Exynos 9 Series 9810" chips will head to the rest of the world, including India. Those who order from Sprint, though, may get their Note 9 early, as a press release from the company stated that handsets are "expected to be delivered as early as August 22". For a phone, that is just insane. The device resembles more of a "tock" upgrade in a standard product cycle that lasts for two years.

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More exciting is the increased battery, with the new phone sporting a 4000mAh cell.

The phone is available for pre-order from 9 August, and the 128GB variant will be available for £899 while the upper-range 512GB device will sell for £1,099. Is it worth it?

Galaxy S9 and Note 9.Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone X.

KitGuru says: Some may be disappointed by the lack of major upgrades, but taken on its own, the Note 9 is still nothing short of a modern-day monster. Again, I didn't have chance to check the limits of functionality and compatibility with iOS on the hands-on session, so again it will be worth holding off for T3's full Galaxy Watch review.

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