Samsung unveiled its flagship smartphone — the Galaxy Note 9 — in the UAE on Wednesday. The device features bigger memory, one terabyte of storage capacity, an innovative S Pen and an extra battery capacity with a focus on businesses and consumers alike. Aside from the phablet, the Korean giant also showcased two Galaxy smartwatches.
Daniel Gleeson, senior analyst for consumer technology at Ovum, told Gulf News the Note 9’s core audience is the early-adopter who demands the latest and greatest hardware, so for that market, the price point is not a huge barrier. “It will limit the appeal of the Note 9 for a more mass market but Samsung is happy to let the S9 carry that segment,” he said.
The Note 9 is priced at Dh4,599 for 8GB RAM, 512GB storage capacity and 512GB microSD card support, while the one featuring 6GB RAM, 128GB storage capacity and 512GB microSD card support will retail for Dh3,699. It is the second most expensive phone after the Apple X. The 5.8-inch iPhone X with 64GB and 3GB RAM was launched at Dh4,099 while the 256GB and 3GB RAM retailed at Dh4,729 despite having no microSD card support and being armed only with a 2,716mAh battery. Despite the price factor, Tarek Sabbagh, head of the mobile and IT division at Samsung Gulf, told Gulf News that the preorders for Note 9 in the first five days are 10 per cent higher than Note 8 preorders.—Agencies