The Galaxy Note9 is Samsung's fanboy phone

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After watching a decade of phone launches waxing and waning in bombast, the new Note launch felt like it was running on fumes a little bit.

Samsung has also added an adjustable aperture 12MP main camera to the Note 9, which is paired with a 12MP telephotos camera.

Fortnite was finally announced for Android today, but as an exclusive to Samsung Galaxy devices for the time being.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will officially launch on Friday, August 24.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 wallpapers are abstract and colorful, with a square ratio and a resolution of 2,560 x 2,560. A dual-lens camera, with better zooming, came to the Note 8 months before the S9 Plus got it, for instance. We also snapped a quick selfie with the front-facing 8-megapixel camera.

Under standard usage, such as LT, Bluetooth, messaging and some music streaming the battery can last up to 80 hours, which eliminates the need for daily charging. We went hands-on with the device and we'll have plenty more coverage on it. It has never made sense to me why Samsung, the largest phone maker in the world, has let carriers set their own pricing instead of telling carriers what to charge. That allows Epic to make more money on each purchase in the free-to-play game, but it means that users will have to go through a somewhat unconventional process to download and install it.

We'll obviously reserve full judgement for when we can use the phone unencumbered by Samsung bodyguards. The 42mm comes in rose gold and black, and the larger 46mm model is silver.

They lack the luster of the Samsung brand, sure, but phones crossing a thousand dollars just feels too much - and shows that brands are struggling to offset the slowdown in smartphone growth, needing to up profit margins to compensate.

"At Samsung, we have a long history of providing consumers with choice, while maintaining innovation within our products, and we are excited to continue the proud heritage of our Galaxy line with our wearables", said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics.

Of course, if you just want a powerhouse (something you could use as a work phone, for example) then the Note 9 has you covered.

The big new feature for this round is, you guessed it, an AI camera.

Simply put, it's a premium smart speaker.

Word on the street is Apple is prepping a substantial redesign for its Apple Watch, which has remained vastly unchanged design-wise ever since its arrival in late 2015.

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