The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling' | 8/9/2018 | Staff
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Pics Samsung is allegedly mulling ending its Galaxy Note line, now that almost every smartphone on the planet is larger than the original Note – which was so absurdly large at launch it was dubbed the first “phablet."

Funnily enough, that first Note, with a mere 5.3in touchscreen, is a minnow by today’s standards: the Galaxy Note 9, unveiled on Thursday, measures 6.4in.

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Killing off the Note brand seems highly unlikely, particularly as it endured the Note 7 debacle with a niche following. And the 9 has niche pricing to match: the “cheaper” of the two Note 9 configurations (128GB flash, 6GB RAM) sets you back $999, the 512GB flash, 8GB RAM version $1,250. Both are available worldwide from August 24.

Galaxy Note 9 ... Now with a reasonable battery.

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Approximately the same size as last year’s Note 8 – the Note 9 is a fraction shorter and a fraction wider – the new flagship has the same dual-12Mp main camera rig found in the Galaxy S9s. But what may have deterred buyers, its inexplicably small battery for a device of this size, has been rectified. At last it matches the Huawei Mate’s battery of 4,000mAh. It is non-removable.

In another tweak, the S-Pen supports Bluetooth LE mode for certain functions, as a remote controller for presentations or selfies. Samsung stressed no power is required for the traditional inking functions. With 7nm semiconductor fabrication techniques not quite ready for mass production, Samsung uses its 10nm eight-core Exynos 9810 system-on-chip in EMEA regions, and Qualcomm's 10nm Snapdragon 845 SoC in the Americas and China.

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The Exynos 9810 has four 2.7GHz Samsung Mongoose M3 CPU cores for big tasks, and four 1.8GHz Arm Cortex-A55 cores for everything else. The 845 has four 2.8GHz customized Arm Cortex-A75 and four 1.7GHz customized Cortex-A55 CPU cores. The device...
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