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The Samsung Galaxy Observe 9 or Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a bit larger, barely extra colourful, and a bit extra highly effective than prior Observe telephones, however be warned: it’s a wee bit pricier, too.

The Galaxy Observe 9 remains to be a bigger Android cellphone that is solely been outmoded by handsets launched in 2019, with a sizeable 6.4-inch Tremendous AMOLED show, an enormous 4,000mAh battery for all-day efficiency, and as much as 512GB of inside storage and 8GB of RAM. Certain, that is been met and barely exceeded by the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, however the Observe 9 remains to be a critical contender going into 2019.

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Samsung Galaxy Observe 9 launch date and worth

  • Launch date was August 24, with an iPhone XS-like beginning worth
  • $1,000 (£899 / AU$1,499 / AED 3,699) for 128GB/6GB
  • $1,250 (£1,099 / AU$1,799 / AED 4,599) for 512GB/8GB
  • Costs have now dropped barely

The Samsung Galaxy Observe 9 / Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launched on Friday, August 24, prior to anybody had anticipated a yr prior. The Observe eight got here out on September 15 within the US and UK final yr (September 22 in Australia and Center East).

Why the early Observe 9 launch date? The speculation is that Samsung wished to hurry it out to beat the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max that Apple introduced on September 12.

Your first 1TB-ready smartphone

  • 512GB of inside storage with 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB of inside storage with 6GB of RAM
  • Extra 512GB microSD card can up storage to 1TB
  • Laptop computer-sized storage perfect when you’re suspicious of ‘the cloud’ 

It’s no shock that, among the many prime producers, Samsung is the primary to supply a 1TB-ready smartphone, a capability that rivals the finest laptops folks purchase right now. It is Samsung that makes each the inner 512GB flash drive for telephones and quite a lot of 512GB microSD reminiscence playing cards.


  • Inherits the S9 Plus digicam’s dual-aperture options
  • Huge-angle and telephoto lenses on again
  • AI-backed scene optimizer enhancements present promise

Samsung is carrying over its digicam prowess from the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Plus to the Observe 9, with low-light defeating and telephoto-zooming digicam lenses on the again. This is without doubt one of the finest digicam telephones you’ll purchase in 2018.

The S9 Plus provides you an concept of the photograph high quality you may count on from the Observe 9, although Samsung has tweaked its software program to enhance on that high quality. It robotically makes small, however significant variations to the white stability of photographs by recognizing what you are taking pictures.

Honor 20 launch date and worth

  • Out now
  • Prices £400 (roughly $560, AU$810)

The perfect factor concerning the Honor 20 is that you simply’re getting a functionally high-end system for half the worth of a real flagship. It has been doable to seize the Honor 20 within the UK since June 21, 2019 at a worth of simply £400 (roughly $560, AU$810).

That’s the identical worth because the Google Pixel 3a, which makes comparable claims of providing flagship parts for a lot much less cash. Not like Google’s cellphone, the Honor 20 truly performs like a champ whereas providing just a few concessions within the digicam division.

The worth additionally pitches the Honor 20 in opposition to a spread of higher-end telephones which were discounted in latest months, such because the Nokia 9 PureView and the Xiaomi Mi 9.

Battery life

  • 3,750mAh battery
  • Good for 2 full days of reasonable utilization

Honor has slimmed down the battery providing from the Honor 20 Professional. A 3,750mAh unit is a bit runtier than large brother’s 4,000mAh equal.

Nevertheless it’s nonetheless greater than as much as the duty. Honor/Huawei has been probably the greatest within the enterprise in terms of optimizing battery life lately, and the Honor 20 doesn’t let the facet down.

With gentle to reasonable utilization, you might fairly simply run by way of two full days in between prices. Even throughout a extra hectic day involving a lot of photograph taking and a bit sport taking part in, we didn’t have to fret about discovering a spare socket earlier than bedtime. There was nonetheless loads of juice left within the tank.

Motion pictures, music and gaming

  • 6.26-inch show is nice for visible media
  • Single bottom-mounted speaker isn’t perfect
  • 128GB of inside storage however no microSD slot

The Honor 20 is a potent media-playing system with lots going for it. Certain, there are larger, sharper and extra vibrant shows on the market, however to get all three in a single bundle you’d have to spend a good bit more cash – or content material your self with an outdated flagship.

There’s a lovely sense of stability to the Honor 20’s show. Video content material appears good on its 6.26-inch canvas, even when the dealing with of the punch-hole notch leaves a lot of it trying a bit lopsided.

That is the best show for gaming content material, too, which appears and strikes nice right here.

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