Seoul, Korea-based Samsung has launched its Galaxy Note 9 “phablet,” which will be the first Android phone to support Cary-based Epic Game’s blockbuster Fortnight. The device]hits stores August 24.
The phone has a 6.4 inch SuperAMOLED screen with 2960 X 1440 resolution. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon chip set with either 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM. Its internal storage begins a 128GB and is expandable to 1 terabyte, making it the first company to sell a 1TB phone.
The company says the phone has longer battery life and faster cooling to aid gaming. Fortnite players will have access to an exclusive Note 9 character skin.
It includes a Bluetooth enabled S pen stylus that can act as a remote for watching YouTube videos.
Verizon plans to start preorders on Aug. 10 with a 50 percent discount. The 128GB model sells for $999.99 and the 512GB phone for $1,249.99. Sprint will start offering the phone Aug. 24, also with a half off promotion.
Samsung also introduced its Galaxy Watch hitting stores Aug. 24 to compete with the Apple Watch. It will sell for $330 to $350. It also launched the Galaxy Home Speaker to compete with similar Amazon and Google products.
Samsung, which recently said it plans to spend $22 billion on artificial intelligence and other future businesses, missed sales targets on its Galaxy S9 phone in July.