Galaxy Note 9 price and availability: Your wallet will hate you

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 today 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 price. Here’s what you need to know about the Galaxy Note 9’s release date, price, and availability.

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 pricing 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$1249

Is the extra 384GB of storage and 2GB of RAM worth a 25 percent premium over the base version? 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?

Galaxy Note 9 color options

The Galaxy Note 9 will be sold in four color versions at launch: Ocean Blue (the version with the yellow S Pen), Lavander 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 Lavander Purple.

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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 become 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 starting tonight at midnight (12:01AM EDT). Buyers who pre-order will get a decent bonus in the form of a pair of AKG headphones or an in-game Fortnite currency pack. Details below.

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 $1249 phone will be available through “select retail locations” and Samsung.com.

Galaxy Note 9 pre-order bundle

Customers who pre-order the Galaxy Note 9 (August 10-August 23) 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.

Note that this pre-order promotional campaign is valid in the U.S. — other markets may receive different ones.

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Galaxy Note 9 deals and promos

We’ll update this section once major retailers and carriers announce their own deals for the Galaxy Note 9. For now, rumors point to a Bring One Get One Free deal from Verizon.

That’s it for our roundup of Galaxy Note 9 price and deals information. What do you think of the Note 9’s price?

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