Samsung just unveiled its first-ever Bixby smart speaker alongside its new Galaxy Note 9. They also showed off improved S Pen features, a new Galaxy Watch, and a partnership with Fortnite and Spotify. Here’s everything you need to know from Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2018. Following is a transcript of the video.
From the speakers for your home to the watch on your wrist to the music you listen, and the phone that powers your life. The all-new Galaxy Note 9.
That’s why we made the screen. 6.4 inches, the largest ever on a Note. On the back of the device, we centered the fingerprint scanner below the camera, so it’s easier to reach. When it comes to color, this year we went big and bold. You can choose from four cool new colors: ocean blue with the yellow S Pen, lavender purple, metallic copper, and midnight black. You can power through your entire day with just the phone in your pocket. So, Note 9 starts at a minimum of 128 gigabytes. You can also get a 512 gig version. With expandable storage. You’ll be able to get as much as one terabyte of memory. If you’re out at night, the aperture widens to let in more light and if it’s a bright sunny day, the aperture contracts to let in less light. Note 9 comes with super slow-mo. Well now, whenever Note 9’s camera detects a flaw, like closed eyes or image blur, it will automatically notify you so you can take another shot before the moment’s gone.
Note 9 will be available beginning on August 24th.
We’re going to be launching the Fortnite beta on Android this week, and players with Samsung Galaxy devices are the first to be invited starting right now. The new S Pen has some pretty cool new functions. That’s because now it supports Bluetooth low energy to turn it into the ultimate remote control. Now, you can use it to play and pause YouTube videos, to capture Snaps in Snapchat, flip through some slides in Microsoft Powerpoint. DeX is designed for the work anywhere generation. The only thing you need to start DeX is this single HDMI adapter. Just plug in my Note 9 and I’m in DeX. I could still use my Note 9 screen to do everything I normally would.
The Galaxy Watch has a high res AMOLED display with an integrated touch function. It has military-grade durability and Corning Gorilla DX Plus Glass for added strength and scratch resistance and it’s water resistant. It works perfectly with the new Note 9, or you can use it by itself with standalone LTE connectivity and now the Galaxy Watch also has the battery life to keep up with our new wireless charger duo.
We are continuously refining Bixby so now, for Note 9, it is more conversational, more personal and useful. I need concerts in Brooklyn over Labor Day weekend. Oh! It’s a live demo. “Didn’t understand that.” I need a concert in Brooklyn over Labor Day weekend. “I found these concerts in Brooklyn, New York during the Friday, August 31st weekend.” You can applause. Clap.
And of course, if you say, “hey, google” to your Note 9, Google Assistant will be there for you. Every aspect of Galaxy Home is engineered to make your music sound amazing. It has an elegant, circular form factor. With high range hiring speakers that send the sound in every direction and it has a subwoofer that provides deep rich bass as well. Just say “hi Bixby, sound steer” and the music is directed right at you. So, the partnership we’re announcing with Samsung today is a true cross-platform listening experience, and we think music should be easy to access on all of your devices and we want it to be seamless to switch from one device to another.
We are super excited about today’s announcement. So let me end by saying thank you.