Samsung’s latest offering in their flagship Galaxy Note series of devices, the Galaxy Note 9, is already a record-breaker for the world’s largest smartphone company.
The hardware specs and 6.4-inch screen size make it the largest device they’ve ever built, while it’s also the most powerful, packing a 10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor, the choice of 6 or 8GB RAM and 128GB or 512GB internal storage (with compatibility for a microSD card up to 1TB), and a massive 4000mAh battery.
They’re the kind of specs that one would have expected on a top-of-the-line desktop computer only a few years ago.
And, of course, the cameras have stepped up as well, with the rear-facing offering a dual camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation), while the signature S Pen has also been beefed up.
“The Note has always been our showcase for premium technology and industry-defining innovation, and Galaxy Note9 is no exception. It’s designed for a level of performance, power and intelligence that today’s power users want and need,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung.
But what is likely to really catch your eye is the price tag.
In short, the South Korean company have set a new benchmark in the cost department: an eye-watering $1799.
That said, the entry-level Note 9 retails for $1499, and Samsung insists even the top-line price is a figure people will part ways with their hard-earned for.
“People who are those power users who want everything stored offline, our research certainly suggests that they would be willing to pay $1799,” Samsung Electronics Australia mobile division vice-president Garry McGregor told News.com.au.
“We’re also proud of the fact that the Note 8 was a 64GB phone that retailed at $1499. With this one, our 128GB entry-level Note 9 will retail at $1499, so it’s actually the same price for a lot more innovation.”
Below is an infographic comparing the Note 8 to the Note 9 – we’ll let you decide whether the increase in price is worth the increase in power.