Nobody had any illusions that the Galaxy Note 9 would be cheap, but the $1,250 Samsung wants for the top configuration will definitely raise some eyebrows.
Unveiled on August 9 in New York, the Galaxy Note 9 features a large battery, a Bluetooth-enabled S Pen, and lots of storage. Everything is packed in a sleek, beautiful body, even though the design is almost identical to last year’s Note 8.
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The Note 9 is definitely a great phone, as long as you can stomach the cost. Here’s what you need to know about the Galaxy Note 9’s release date, price, and availability.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price
Last year, the Galaxy Note 8 started at $930 and smashed through the psychological barrier of $1,000 in its top configuration. With the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung is even bolder, asking for a three-zeros price tag for the base model.
Here’s the Galaxy Note 9’s price in the U.S.:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM: $999
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM: $1,249
Is the extra 384GB of storage and 2GB of RAM worth a 25 percent premium over the base version? It sounds like one of those situations where if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it. Did we mention that last year’s Note 8 can be bought for less than $600 these days?
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 colors
The Galaxy Note 9 will be sold in four color versions at launch: ocean blue (the version with the yellow S Pen), lavender purple, midnight black, and metallic copper.
However, not every color version will be available in every market at launch. Just like last year, Samsung will only sell two versions in the U.S.: ocean blue and lavender purple.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release date and pre-orders
Samsung is rushing the Note to market this year, with availability set to begin three weeks earlier than the Note 8. The Galaxy Note 9 will be available in stores starting Friday, August 24.
Samsung usually rolls out flagship phones in select markets first, but for now, we don’t know which markets (other than the U.S.) will be included in the first wave.
Eager customers can pre-order the Galaxy Note 9 direct from Samsung.com. Buyers who pre-order will get a decent bonus in the form of a pair of noise-canceling AKG headphones or an in-game Fortnite currency pack (or both at a discount). Details are listed below.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 carrier and retailer availability
In the U.S., the Galaxy Note 9 with 128GB of storage will be carried by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and Xfinity, and also sold through Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Straight Talk Wireless, Target, Walmart, and Samsung.com.
The Galaxy Note 9 with 512GB of storage will be carried by AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular. The $1,249 phone will be available through “select retail locations” and Samsung.com.
- Verizon: Get the 128GB Note 9 for $41.66/mo. for 24 months. Get the 512GB Note 8 for $52.08/mo. over 24 months. Buy a Galaxy Note 9 128GB and get a free Galaxy Note 8 128GB, Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus (new lines required)
- AT&T: Get the 128GB Note 9 for $33.34/mo. for 30 months with AT&T Next. Buy a Galaxy Note 9 128GB and get a free Galaxy Note 8 128GB, Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus (new lines required).
- T-Mobile: Get the 128GB Note 8 for $279.99 down and $30/mo. for 24 months on an installment plan; or $81.99 down and $40/mo. for 18 months with Jump On Demand. Trade in an eligible device and get up to 50 percent off on a Galaxy Note 9.
- Sprint: Get the 128GB Note 9 for $21/mo. for 18 months, or for $999 off-contract. You can also lease the Note 9 for 50 percent off on a Sprint Flex Lease plan, which will run you $20.83 per month. Sprint is not offering the 512GB model.
- U.S. Cellular: Get $150 back in phone credit with a new line and Device Protection+ when buying a Galaxy Note 9.
- Xfinity Mobile: New Xfinity Mobile customers who port their number over from another carrier can score a $300 prepaid gift card.
- Best Buy: You’ll save $200 when you buy a Note 9 on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint networks through Best Buy. You will be credited the $200 via monthly installments. Alternatively, you can save $450 when you pre-order an unlocked Note 9 and trade in an iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S9, or S9 Plus.
Galaxy Note 9 pre-order bundle
Customers in the U.S. who pre-order the Galaxy Note 9 through August 10-August 23, either unlocked or through carriers, will get to choose between:
- A free pair of AKG noise canceling headphones valued at $299
- A free pack of 15,000 Fortnite V-bucks, plus the Galaxy Fortnite skin
- Both the AKG headphones and the V-bucks pack for $99
To claim your gift, you will need to log into the Shop Samsung app and submit your details by September 13. Note that Samsung says stocks are limited, so you may want to hurry. Only 102,000 AKG noise cancellation headphones, 46,000 Game Bundles, and 36,000 Bundles will be made available, according to the company.
Read more: AKG headphones vs Fortnite V-Bucks: Which Note 9 pre-order offer is the best value?
Note that this pre-order promotional campaign is valid in the U.S. — other markets may receive different ones.
That’s it for our roundup of Galaxy Note 9 price and deals information. What do you think of the Note 9’s price? Also, be sure to catch up on all our other Note 9 content below:
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- The Galaxy Note 9 is here: Everything you need to know
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- 7 things you can do with the Galaxy Note 9’s Bluetooth S Pen
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