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Meet your new superphone: Samsung’s new Galaxy Note9 announced


Posted on August 10, 2018

5 min read

At a massive event held at the Barclays Centre, in the heart of New York, Samsung has taken the wraps off its newest, biggest and most powerful smartphone this year: the Galaxy Note9. The new phone has all Samsung’s best tech inside, like AI to improve your photos and removable stylus that works as a remote camera button.

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is available for pre-order now.

You might not meet a more loyal phone buyer than the Samsung Galaxy Note owners out there. According to Samsung research, daily app use among Note8 owners is 23% higher than the Galaxy S8, while 64% of Note8 buyers are also loyalists for the included S Pen stylus that the Note is famous for.

Banking on that loyalty and popularity, Samsung has just announced a new Note device at a spectacular event in Brooklyn New York – the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note9.

Launching on August 24, with pre-orders available from today, the Note9 takes the Note to a new level – and it is an impressive evolution of the device.

Packing a 4,000mAh battery, the Note9 is thicker than its predecessor – it had to be to fit in the biggest battery Samsung has put in a smartphone to-date

Under the hood there’s not just power, but performance – using artificial intelligence to adjust performance when required. There’s even a new carbon fibre-based water-cooling system inside the Note9 which will help the device run optimally even during heavy usage.

Aside from all of that, here are the top three things we think Note owners will love and want from the Samsung Galaxy Note9.

A brand new S Pen

The Note’s unique S Pen is more mighty than ever, and more colourful than ever. With the Note9 the S Pen looks the part, matching the black device colour, but in the Ocean Blue version of the Note9 the pen itself is yellow. It stands out in a crowd, no doubt.

And it should too, because it’s now enabled with Bluetooth Low Energy technology, meaning you can use it even when you’re not holding your phone . This allows the S Pen to be used as a remote ‘clicker’ for presentations (on compatible devices), but importantly also as a shutter control for the camera.

Through a combination of single and double clicks of the S Pen button, you can launch the camera, take a photo, and even switch between the front and rear cameras.

If you’re worried the S Pen doesn’t have enough battery in it for your all-important presentation – fear not, because just 40 seconds inside the Galaxy Note9 can give the S Pen enough charge for up to half an hour (or up to 200 clicks’ worth) of usage.

The camera

The camera inside Samsung’s new Note9 is essentially the camera from the Samsung Galaxy S9. However, rather than just shoving that into the device, Samsung engineers have done a few things to improve it – the fingerprint sensor has moved to below the camera, and the whole camera module is now the same colour as the device.

Perhaps more importantly, there’s a new Intelligent Camera mode which gives you suggestions on what type of photo you’re taking; it can determine that you’re taking a photo of flowers or food and it has a ‘Flaw Detector’ – so if it thinks someone blinked, it will tell you!

A desktop computer

Perhaps most interesting of all is Samsung’s push to further enhance the Galaxy Note9’s DeX mobile desktop experience.

Last year Samsung announced a device called DeX – it’s a small dock you place the phone in, which then has a HDMI output to a monitor, as well as a way for you to plug in a keyboard and mouse.

Today, Samsung blew that away and announced that the Galaxy Note9 itself would work as a DeX station – you just need to plug in a compatible HDMI connected TV or monitor (screen and connector sold separately), and you’ve got yourself a big screen to use for productivity or to show your videos on.

Samsung’s DeX has a fantastic interface that is easy to use – it’s fully based around having each application in its own ‘window’, and now the Galaxy Note9 can work like a laptop’s trackpad mouse and keyboard. You can also still use it independently of the DeX desktop, to keep messaging your mates or flicking through Instagram.

When is it out, and how much is it?

The Galaxy Note9 comes in two colours – Midnight Black and Ocean Blue. Both look stunning, although the Ocean Blue with a yellow S Pen is an especially good look.

The Note9 is ever so slightly bigger than last year’s, too, with a 6.4-inch screen (full rectangle, 6.3-inch when you take into account the rounded corners) and a body measuring 161.9×76.4×8.8mm.

There are two versions on offer – one with 128GB and 6GB of RAM, while the 512GB version will get 8GB of RAM. User accessible memory will be approximately 108GB for the 128GB memory variant and 492GB for the 512GB version. This may vary depending on additional Samsung or third party apps or software updates.

Both versions are available on a variety of Mobile and Mobile Lease plans. Plus, eligible customers who pre-order from Telstra now, on an eligible plan, will get a bonus black Samsung Tab A 8.0 (2017) as well as an upgrade to the 512GB version. T&Cs apply. Click here for further details.

Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy S9


Posted on March 6, 2018

3 min read

Unveiled at Samsung’s massive Unpacked event in Barcelona last week, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be available to purchase on selected plans from Telstra March 16. If you want to check Samsung’s latest phone out before you buy it, there will be preview models in the majority of Telstra stores around the country from today.

For those that want to know exactly what you’ll be getting when you unbox your very own Samsung Galaxy S9, here’s a preview of everything you’ll receive from us – including our pre-order bonus of a Samsung Wireless Charger Convertible and additional Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) tablet.

At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S9 shares a similar look and feel to Samsung’s previous top smartphone, the S8. You might recognise it because Samsung has continued with the beautiful edge-to-edge 5.8-inch Infinity Display with Quad HD+ resolution.

On the front of the phone, you’ll also see the 8-megapixel selfie camera as well as Samsung’s iris recognition security features (top left and right).

When you turn it over, you’ll get your first look at the Galaxy S9’s innovative 12-megapixel camera, whose dual-aperture lens adapts to the photograph depending on lighting conditions. If you look carefully, you can actually see the apertures change when you’re taking photos.

The other noticeable feature here is that Samsung has moved the fingerprint sensor from the S8 to the centre line of the phone – further away from the camera, making lens smudges far less likely.

From this view you can also see the heart rate sensor to the right of the camera.

On the bottom of the handset, we can see that while other devices have moved away from including a 3.5mm headphone port, the Samsung Galaxy S9 retains it – meaning that you can use both Bluetooth or wired headphones, like those included in the box. There is also a multipurpose USB Type-C connector for charging, data transfer, or connecting other accessories.

The headphones included in the box are of an ergonomically designed earbud style, lightweight and comfortable. They have been tuned and branded by Samsung’s partner AKG, and have a 3.5mm jack to connect directly to the S9. A packet of small, medium and large silicon earbud tips is included to suit different ear sizes.

You will also find a fast-charging Samsung travel USB power adapter and USB-C cable in the box. Another USB connector in the box lets you directly connect your existing phone to easily transfer your data during the initial setup of your new S9.

Of course, all the necessary extras are included too – like an ejection pin to help you insert SIM cards or microSD memory cards, a basic clear plastic case to help you protect the phone, and some paperwork which includes a Quick Start Guide, the Warranty Card (which we recommend you always hold on to) and guide on how to transfer content to your brand new Galaxy S9.

If you want to get yourself a proper hands-on experience, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are available to preview in most Telstra stores starting today.

If you are already convinced that this is your next phone, then you can take advantage of our exclusive pre-order offer – a bonus Samsung Wireless Charger Convertible and a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017), available to customers on eligible mobile plans. Click here for more information.

The biggest show in Vegas? CES showcases the latest and greatest in tech

Tech and Innovation

Posted on January 10, 2018

2 min read

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) has kicked off in Las Vegas for five days of all-you-can-eat tech and gadgetry.

Now in its 51st year, CES is expected to attract more than 180,000 visitors and will include over 4000 exhibitors across its almost 241,000sqm of show floor. CES is the biggest tradeshow of its type in the world – an annual showcase of the next generation of technology and devices.

This year our CEO, myself and a small team of representatives from across the company are attending to meet with strategic vendors, experience new technologies, and engage with developers, suppliers and entrepreneurs on emerging technology trends.

We will also spend time with Australian media attending the show to talk about the key trends and help our customers understand what they can expect to see in the not too distant future, and why the strength of our networks will be pivotal in helping Australian consumers and businesses get the most out of them.

The key themes already emerging are smart home, augmented and virtual reality, self-driving cars, eSports, smart cities, and startups from all areas of technology.

I will be particularly keen to see the tech developments in IoT, artificial intelligence and augmented reality, especially given we are now closer to the launch of 5G.

We will be keeping you updated on what is happening at CES so please take a look at our #CES2018 updates on Instagram and Twitter.

For those who are interested in finding out more about CES, you can visit here.

Top stocking stuffers under $99

Tech and Innovation Devices

Posted on December 6, 2017

1 min read

Tech is one of the hottest gifting trends for this Christmas.

Almost half of Aussie kids are clamouring for a smartphone for the festive season, more than a quarter are after a tablet and edgy new accessories are set to make an appearance on wish lists around the country.

So, if it’s tech you’re turning to as the solution to your gift-giving dilemmas, here are our top tech stocking stuffers that won’t break the bank.

The best tech gifts for Christmas 2017

Tech and Innovation Devices

Posted on December 6, 2017

1 min read

Like technology, one of the most magical things about Christmas is its ability to bring us closer to our loved ones – whether we’re together or apart. So, if you’re looking to give a gift that sparks a real emotional connection this festive period, here’s the lowdown on our top tech treats for the home, the next generation of game-changing mobile devices and the latest in state-of-the-art accessories.