|Models introduce Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 9 smartphones in this photo provided by the company on Aug. 10. / Courtesy of Samsung Electronics|
By Baek Byung-yeul
NEW YORK -- Samsung Electronics will take pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone starting Aug. 13, the company said Thursday.
The announcement came after the tech giant unveiled its latest high-end smartphone in New York, which will come in two versions.
One is equipped with storage capacity of 512 gigabytes (GB) and 8 GB of RAM, while the other is the 128 GB edition with 6 GB of RAM. Samsung said the Note 9 will go on sale Aug. 24.
The 512 GB edition is priced at 1.35 million won ($1,200) while the 128 GB version is 1.09 million won.
For Korean customers, Samsung said it will take pre-orders for the 512 GB edition from Aug. 13 to 20. Pre-order buyers will be able to receive their phones starting Aug. 21.
The company is offering a special giveaway to pre-order buyers -- a 2018 edition of Gear IconX earphones. The wireless earphones allow users to stream music via Bluetooth for up to five hours.
Users can also use the earphones as an activity tracker and make voice commands through Samsung's artificial intelligence (AI) assistant Bixby. With these functions, the earphones won the Innovation Award at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.
Samsung has made significant improvements on the Note 9 to tune up its sluggish smartphone business. It now features extended battery life with a large 4,000 mAh battery.
Samsung also upgraded the Note's signature S Pen stylus. In the 2018 edition, the S Pen has Bluetooth connectivity so the pen can be used as a camera shutter button and as a remote control for other apps.
The camera is also improved, the company said. Featuring the "Scene Optimizer" function, the Note 9 camera automatically classifies scenes and subjects into one of 20 categories and optimizes itself to produce quality images.