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Tim Sweeney Introduces Android ‘Fortnite’ During Samsung Unpacked Event

Tim Sweeney Introduces Android ‘Fortnite’ During Samsung Unpacked Event

Order the Note 9 between August 10 and August 23, and Samsung will throw in either a pair of AKG noise-cancelling headphones - usually priced at $299 - or 15,000 Fortnite V-bucks, worth $150.

Announced at an event in NY on Thursday, the Note 9 resembles last year's Note 8, replete with glass front and back, curved edges and slide-out S Pen stylus.

The Note 9 will have Samsung's octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor in the United Kingdom or an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in the USA, with a choice of either 6 or 8GB of RAM, depending on storage variant.

Since the Note 8 device launched previous year, the company introduced an eight-step battery safety check process and additional testing from a third-party safety company.

And then we have the signature, all-new S Pen with Bluetooth support.

Last year, the Galaxy Note 8 started at $930 and smashed through the psychological barrier of $1,000 in its top configuration. It's still largely similar to the Note 8's S Pen, and it works just as well too.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 in Ocean Blue
Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 in Ocean

As per various reports, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is said to come with a 6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display.

Scene Optimizer, as Samsung calls it, is a feature that will automatically detect a scene or a subject and classify it into one of twenty categories, including food, flora, indoors, and more.

As expected, the fingerprint scanner has been moved below the camera module on the back of the device, but other than that, the design remains mostly unchanged. It'll be interesting to see just how much better the Note 9's camera is once we have the device in for review. Apart from the functions we've seen the S Pen perform in earlier Galaxy Note models, you can now use the stylus as a remote to control presentations as well as apps like Gallery and YouTube.

At one end the company is targeting the device towards gaming users by launching Fortnite for Android with the Galaxy Note 9. The S Pen has a range of 10 meters and a battery power of about 30 minutes (or 200 clicks).

The Note9's camera gets an AI-powered scene optimizer. Two other colors - Metallic Copper and Midnight Black - will be available internationally, and if Samsung's previous strategy holds up, will likely follow on to the U.S. in the coming months.

Fortnite is sure to become popular on Android as it is on every other platform, but this Note 9 deal from Samsung is sure to be a compelling offer for anyone looking to stand out from the herd.

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