Has the iPhone finally met its match? Samsung unveiled its next major smartphone at a New York event on Thursday.
The unveiling of the Galaxy Note 9 comes about a month before Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones. It also comes as the smartphone industry has largely pushed the limits on hardware. In recent years, many of the new features from Samsung and Apple have been incremental rather than revolutionary.
Samsung's Note phones are large, niche devices intended for power users, but they offer a preview of likely features in the mass-market Galaxy S line. For instance, the Note got curved edges before that became standard on Samsung's flagship phones.
The Note 9 will be Samsung's second Note model since its Note 7 was recalled because of its tendency to burst into flames.
It will retail for a $999 starting August 24th. Now what do you get for that kind of price tag? Well you get faster processing, a bigger screen, also more storage space and memory as well and a new blue-tooth pen. Plus, all-day battery life and improved smart camera functions.
In addition to the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Home was unveiled -- a new home smart speaker that will be coming your way in November.
Samsung also announced a longstanding partnership with Spotify, naming the streaming service as its official music partner.
Samsung is still holding on to the title as number one in terms of selling smart phones, 300 million shipments expected this year. That topped Apple's, which shipped 200 million iPhones. Still, when it comes to revenue Apple of course has bigger margins and they make more money than Samsung does.