"The Note announcements have always been a more significant step in technology evolution compared with [this device]".
There's an LTE version of the watch, which means you'll get all of your notifications and more even if you don't have your phone on you while you're out and about. All this has been achieved by developing a processor that's specifically designed for a smartwatches. It has "Connected Health" features, including stress management, which will track your heart rate and offer suggestions if it thinks you need to destress.
This got one Reddit user to ask whether PC players who prefer to use controllers can also expect to be matched against other controller player.
Don't let the Note 9's announcement make you forget the Note 8 is still a fantastic phone. The increased battery and storage capacity clearly make it a better phone in real, tangible ways.
The S-Pen can be recharges in the phone, with 30 seconds of charging offering 30 minutes of charge. You can set up similar actions for every standard app, and third parties will be able to build S Pen support into their apps as well. Samsung will sell one - pricing to be confirmed - but any standards-compliant dongle should work too.
Samsung has released its own USB-C accessories for this goal, and DeX will also work with compatible third-party dongles.
There's a new water carbon cooling system to help performance during games. Of course, there's no telling just how good these features are until we test it out ourselves. The cheapest Note 9 will be the 128 GB version, priced at $999.99.
In all honesty, I'm having a hard time really saying anything all that interesting about the Note9, even if Samsung would want me to talk up things like supercapacitors and intelligent camera. In our short usage, the "scene" icon is barely noticeable, and the recognition doesn't feel as quick as Huawei's P20. You can purchase a variety of bands for the device and there will be over 60,000 faces available.
Laura Simeonova, an analyst covering mobile phones and IoT for CCS Insight, said that while Samsung's hardcore, loyal fan base for the Note will see the new features as enticing "Samsung will be wary of comparisons with the launch of the S9 portfolio and accusations of less underwhelming improvements on previous models". Samsung will have its usual range of case options, including Note 9 folio cases which cover the whole phone, and soft-touch-finish shells. For the time being, this is without a doubt the best Note device yet, and I can't wait to put the Note 9 through its paces in a full review.