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Fortnite for Android launches August 9, but there's a catch

09 August 2018

The announcement was made at the Samsung Unpacked event in NY, where fans of the popular battle royale game were expecting Fortnite related Android news.

We already know the official Note 9 specs, and while very powerful, sit very firmly in the same ballpark as other high-end Android phones like the HTC U12 Plus, OnePlus 6, and Sony Xperia XZ2, so the exclusivity of the game should not be hardware reliant. The event kicks off at 11:00AM local time or 8:30PM IST and Samsung will also be live streaming it across its social network platforms and YouTube.

Prior to today's launch event, we witnessed two unorthodox rumors for the Galaxy Note 9.

And then we have the signature, all-new S Pen with Bluetooth support. At over 200g, it will be interesting to see how this impacts long-term usage, as we found weight to be a bit of a concern with the Galaxy Note 8 itself.

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It has a dual-aperture camera like the S9 with added "intelligence" in software. At the other, it's also catering towards the need of business users by upgrading the phablet's S-Pen.

As rumoured, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 packs a Quad HD+ (1440x2960 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 516 pixels per inch.

Packing 21 per cent more battery life than its predecessor, more is definitely more with this phone.

A dual 12-megapixel camera system matching that on Samsung's Galaxy S9+, including its variable aperture lens and a 2x optical zoom camera, is mounted in the back of the Note 9. Instead of the Note 8's odd placement, the Note 9's fingerprint scanner is now positioned mercifully below the camera module.

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After months of patient waiting, Android users can finally dive into Fortnite... but there's a catch. The 512GB variant, meanwhile, will cost €1,249.

While the familiar design might not turn many heads, the performance of the Note 9 remains top-of-the-line. Well, that's because you can use the S Pen as a remote control. Once the phone has detected the scene, it optimizes saturation, white balance, brightness and contrast to best suit the scene. While the base variant is listed in Mystic Black, Engineered Blue and Artisan Copper colour options, the 512GB variant is expected to be available in Mystic Black and Engineered Blue.

If you decide to preorder the Note 9, you'll be able to take advantage of a special offer from Samsung.

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Fortnite for Android launches August 9, but there's a catch