On top of the V-Bucks, Galaxy Note users will also have access to some exclusive skins. But with essentially the same Android Oreo-based software and an industrial design language that does little to stand out from other Samsung smartphones, it's hard to see the Note9 having an especially strong appeal that previous Samsung phones haven't. All this has been achieved by developing a processor that's specifically designed for a smartwatches.
Pricing isn't clear either yet, but we can estimate as the Samsung Gear S3 cost $349/£349 (around AU$475) at launch.
"The Note has always been our showcase for premium technology and industry-defining innovation, and Galaxy Note 9 is no exception", said DJ Koh, president and CEO of IT and mobile communications division for Samsung. It's better than the Note 8 in several ways, and no worse in any - and from that perspective it makes sense.
DeX is still a thing, and basically unchanged for the Note9 (aside from being able to use the Note's stylus for input). A supercapacitor now powers the S Pen, and the accessory can reach full charge in 40 seconds after being inserted back into the phone.
These are just some usage scenarios Samsung highlighted with the new Bluetooth-enabled S Pen.
Samsung has released its own USB-C accessories for this objective, and DeX will also work with compatible third-party dongles. In my brief time with the device, there's absolutely no noticeable performance hiccup, and it can open multiple apps very, very quickly.
In the run-up to the launch event, we have come across a number of leaks and rumors surrounding the Galaxy Note 9. New for the Note 9 is a intelligent camera system that uses AI to perform object recognition and detect blinks, notifying the user immediately if a shot is blurry or other issue. Of course, there's no telling just how good these features are until we test it out ourselves. Here's one place where the Note 9 will make your mouth water: it has an optional 512GB of internal storage. The camera is fast and responsive, images look great, and it feels very similar to the S9+'s shooting experience.
Stress management is a new feature on the watch. Not unlike the Huawei P20 Pro's Master AI feature, Scene Optimiser lets the Note 9 recognise and enhance up to 20 different scenes. It'll also be sold unlocked by Samsung, as well as at Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam's Club, Straight Talk Wireless, Target, and Walmart. You can purchase a variety of bands for the device and there will be over 60,000 faces available. Samsung showcased this last one on stage in real time, showing us that there's no limit to the size of the presentation itself. This is the largest yet on a Samsung flagship and it's 700mAh more than the Galaxy Note8 and 500mAh more than the Galaxy S9+.