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Unpacked: Watch the Samsung Galaxy Note9 launch live stream here!

Unpacked: Watch the Samsung Galaxy Note9 launch live stream here!

The minor improvements reflect a smartphone industry that has largely pushed the limits on hardware. The phone launches on August 24th. Samsung's stock slid more than 3 per cent in Seoul after Eugene Investment & Securities labelled the Note 9 a "transitional product" that wasn't a game-changer.

But we were able to play around with the handset and check out the improved new S Pen stylus that slots right into a tidy little gap on the bottom of the phone.

Want more posts like this delivered to your inbox? "This is the right innovation at the right time". Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 9 will begin on August 10th, with the device slated to start shipping and become available at major retailers on August 24th. It's an evolution of the Galaxy Note 8 but one with some notable upgrades. "My worry is that the Note 9 may meet the same fate".

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 has lost to the iPhone X in speed test, even though the smartphone packs one of the best processors and more RAM than any of Apple's phones.

Thursday's announcement in NY comes about a month before Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones. That said, Samsung's wearables have historically been between smartwatches than activity trackers, so we're very curious to see if the company has made any meaningful progress on this front.

Would the Note 9 be a good match for your business?

It really depends on how much you value Samsung's optimization on whether you think this is a worthwhile purchase - there are many phones from China especially that offer similar specs, and for far less cash.

As with the Pixel, the Note won't be saving a version without the tweaks. The carrier's Galaxy Forever plan also allows upgrades any time to the latest Galaxy after a year of payments. To say the least, the watch doesn't even have a selfie camera present and that's a prerequisite for Face ID to work as intended, so we'd argue that the Apple Watch Series 4 is more likely to arrive with a miniature selfie camera instead of a full-blown Face ID module.

Samsung also said the popular shooter game "Fortnite" is coming to Android and will be exclusive to Samsung phones until Sunday.

In other new features, the Galaxy Watch now features Bixby, Samsung's AI voice assistant, which replaces S Voice on the new smartwatch. It promises quality sound, in a potential challenge to Apple's Siri-based HomePod speaker.

But when I sat through that press conference, listening to Samsung's spiel for the third year in a row about how much Note fans love their phones - and they quite specifically cite the word "love" - it dawned on me.

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