Does Samsung's newest Galaxy Note 9 live up to the hype?

Ian Bush
August 09, 2018 - 9:14 pm
A Samsung Galaxy Note9 and S Pen on display during Samsung Unpacked New York City at Barclays Center on August 9, 2018 in Brooklyn City.

Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Samsung


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's a smartphone "that will never let you down or slow you down" — that's a lot of hype Samsung is heaping on its own newest device. 

So, does the Galaxy Note 9 live up to it? 

Besides its 6.4-inch screen, the Note 9 hopes to catch your eye with photo features.

"Whenever Note 9's camera detects a flaw, like closed eyes or image blur, it'll automatically notify you so you can take another shot before the moment's gone," explained Samsung's Drew Blackard.

You can also snap a selfie without even touching the phone. A stylus, called S Pen, works as a Bluetooth remote that can operate the camera shutter from up to 30 feet away. It also can be used to control music and slide presentations.

"We all know the feeling of panic when your phone gets below 5 percent," Blackard added, so this phablet is equipped with what Blackard calls an "all-day battery."

And if you stress over storage space: "Note 9 starts at a minimum of 128 GB, so you don't have to pick and choose which photos, videos and apps you can live without."

You can choose from black, blue, lavender or copper. Like competitor Apple, Samsung starts pricing its flagship phone at $1,000. The Note 9 will be released on Aug. 24.