After months of Galaxy Note 9 rumors, video teases and leaked specs, Samsung's latest phone has finally emerged from the shadows and into the light.
Plenty of details about the new Galaxy Note 9 have emerged in recent weeks.
In the U.S., the Galaxy Note 9 with 128GB of storage will be carried by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless and Xfinity, and also sold through Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam's Club, Straight Talk Wireless, Target, Walmart, and Samsung.com.
Looking at the Note 9's overall design and feature set, there will be more than a handful of people who will say Samsung is playing it safe here.
The Galaxy Note 9 brings a lot to the table compared to even the Galaxy Note 8, but Samsung has made a decision to go with a similar price tag for its new device.
But following in the footsteps of the Galaxy S9 earlier this year, the Galaxy Note 9 breaks with tradition and employs a series of ancillary changes rather than introducing any major design modifications. And yes, both come with a microSD slot offering up to 512gb of storage, meaning its 1TB ready.
Disclosure: Samsung sponsored the correspondent's flights and hotel for the launch event in NY. And we'll never turn down more storage. The 512 GB Note 9 has some of the largest onboard storage of a phone you can get, and Samsung also adds extra memory, bringing it up to 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM.
Samsung may have played it safe with the Galaxy Note 9, but this isn't exactly unexpected. The Galaxy Note 8 will become available in stores starting Friday, August 24.
Pre-orders for the Note 9 kick off tomorrow, at 12:01 am EDT on August 10, 2018. It happens nearly instantaneously as well - I picked the Note 9 up and pointed it at a stack of macaroons, and a small food icon popped up a second or two later near the bottom of the display. European markets are also expected to miss out on the copper color option.
For Samsung, the Galaxy Note line has served as both a spring of innovation as well as a source of unprecedented controversy. Instead, if you want to use your Note 9 as a desktop PC replacement, all you'll need is a USB-C to HDMI adapter.
One add-on Note 9 buyers might be particularly interested in, given the cost of the phone, is Samsung Premium Care.