Not long after its unveiling at the company’s Unpacked event, Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy Note 9 officially makes its debut in the Philippines.

Built with enhanced usability in mind, the Galaxy Note 9 offers the same premium design language as the Note 8, now in a more symmetrical and less curvy form factor, complimented by a 6.4-inch QHD+ SuperAMOLED display. The PH variant will have an Exynos 9810 processor, along with up to 8GB of RAM.


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Samsung’s taking it a notch higher with storage capacity, as the Galaxy Note 9 comes in two configurations, 128GB, and 512GB. Yes, you’ve read that right. Combine that with a 512GB microSD card, and you’ll have 1TB of storage in your pocket. Thanks to a 4,000mAh power cell, the Note 9 sports the largest battery in the entire series. Samsung claims it as a 1-day battery. But we’ll see.

Of course, what is a Note device without S-Pen improvements? well, I’d say they did a beautiful job with it. The Note 9’s S-Pen is connected to the phone via Bluetooth. It has its own battery, which can be charged by simply putting it back to the phone. Don’t worry, charging time is less than a minute, and the S-Pen will work with its usual functions even with no charge.

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The new and enhanced S-Pen can now be used to open the Camera app, take photos, navigate your gallery, control your music playback, your presentations, and more. All with a few taps of the S-Pen button.

note 9 1Samsung didn’t skip on the imaging department as well, as the Note 9 features dual 12MP rear cameras with Dual Pixel PDAF, and Dual Aperture, 2x Optical Zoom, OIS, and auto scene detection, which can optimize the camera for up to 20 scenes. Selfies will be even more fun, with up to 54 AR Emojis.

Want a full-pledged desktop experience? Samsung DeX is now built into the Note 9. Which means all you’ll need is a USB-C to HDMI adapter, and an external monitor. No need for so many accessories. For the ultimate listening experience, the Note 9 has been equipped with stereo speakers tuned by AKG, the loudest for a Note device.

note 9 coversSamsung also announced a variety of new covers for the Note 9, letting you add a bit of personal touch to your device, while also keeping it protected.

Pre-Order, Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy Note 9 will be available later this August, and will retail for PhP55,990 for the 6GB/128GB variant (Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Metallic Copper), and PhP75,990 for the 8GB + 512GB variant (Ocean Blue, Pearl Yellow).

Pre-order yours from August 11 to 19 and get up to PhP17,800 worth of freebies. Those who will pre-order the 512GB variant will get a FREE 2018 Samsung 32-inch Smart TV with a 2-year warranty, while those who will pre-order the 128GB variant can choose from several Samsung Products – A Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear IconX or Galaxy Tab A 7-inches.

All pre-orders will also come with NanoFixit Screen Protection with one-year insurance. of up to PhP10,000. You’ll also get an addition 10% discount upon purchase of special add-ons, like the new Samsung Galaxy Watch or Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. For more information, click here.

ProcessorExynos 9810 (Octa-Core)
Storage128GB/512GB (Expandable)
Display6.4" QHD+ Super AMOLED
Rear Camera12MP (f/1.5, f/2.4) + 12MP (f/2.4)
Front Camera8MP (f/1.7)
OSAndroid 8.1 + Samsung Experience UI 9.5
Battery4,000mAh (Fast-Charging, Wireless Charging)
Other FeaturesDual Pixel PDAF
2x Optical Zoom
Up to 10x Digital Zoom
Bluetooth-Powered S-Pen
Samsung DeX

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.