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Samsung to launch Galaxy Home smart speaker in challenge to Apple's HomePod

10 August, 2018, 21:10 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch live

Samsung made its Bixby-powered smart speaker, Galaxy Home, official this morning at its Unpacked event.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch release date is August 24. Truly small phones are all but extinct. The square ratio of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 wallpapers enables a nice scrolling effect when you slide from one home screen panel to the next.

The company hopes to break through its sales slump with the new Note, after it reported last month that its flagship Galaxy S9 phone missed sales targets.

That's the issue - smartphones are now so capable that there's not really that much further to go, so unless a brand materially changes the design and ways of using the phone (as Apple did with the iPhone X) then there's not much to really excite consumers.

The new Note will support up to 1 terabyte of memory - it will have a 512 GB version that will support an additional 512 GB memory card - the source said, making Samsung the first major smartphone maker to sell a 1TB phone.


Pre-orders for the smartphone will kick off tomorrow on 10 August, with the 6GB/128GB model costing £899, and the 8GB /512GB storage model priced at £1,099. "My worry is that the Note 9 may meet the same fate". Priced at $329.99, "Galaxy Watch" comes with LTE connectivity and the new stress-and-sleep-monitoring capabilities would allow users to text, stream music, receive notifications and would work in compatibility with Galaxy Note 9 or even independently.

Perhaps there will be more capacity, but most users won't need that and it won't be the lure that it is for the "Note community", as Samsung calls them. There's no question about which Samsung phone you buy if you want the best Samsung phone. In a jab at Apple, Samsung executives also frequently emphasize that their phones have standard headphone jacks, which newer iPhones no longer do. Every competitor is going to have a comparative pitfall when put up against Samsung's $1000 ode to its most loyal followers.

The camera in the Note 9 will use artificial intelligence to detect what's in a scene - whether that's food, flowers or a sunset - to automatically tweak images to make them pop. After all, aside from the S Pen, the only real differences are dimensional.

Detailed specifications about the product are unknown, however Samsung said it will be sharing more details at its developer conference in November. The Note is as much a product as it is a marketing demonstration: a portable showcase for all the very best Samsung can do. Meanwhile, Samsung's most ardent fans get a phone that pulls out all the stops and throws in all the stuff, price be damned.

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