Note 9 will be a terabyte phone, 512GB version won't be exclusive to Korea

Note 9 will be a terabyte phone, 512GB version won't be exclusive to Korea
While we've seen phones with 6GB and even 8GB RAM, the expensive 512 GB flash memory chips that Samsung announced back in December have only appeared in the Huawei Mate RS so far, and we don't even know if the 512GB version of it isn't vaporware, as everyone is selling the 256-gigger only. 

Enter the Galaxy Note 9, which might very well be the first terabyte phone, as Samsung's leaked promo video of it insinuates, when you add the internal storage of its now-certain 512GB model, and a microSD card of the same capacity. Granted, the Mate RS was the first phone officially announced with a 512GB version, but it seems to be a unicorn for now, plus its microSD slot is listed supporting up to 256GB cards only, though theoretically, it should support any capacity thrown at it, too.

There is nothing theoretical about the Note 9's ability to do so, as you can see in the header image here. This amount of internal storage is most than a lot of thin and light laptops that ship with SSDs are able to muster, and you'd be hard-pressed to ask for more in a phone. What's even better, however, is that the price of the 512GB version of the Note 9 won't be exorbitantly higher than the basic 128GB model. Say what you will about the leaked $1200 pricing, but the Mate RS is north of two grand, and we all know how much half a terabyte Samsung SSD costs. 

The best thing about the 512GB model of the Note 9 is that it might not be as exclusive as we first heard. Apart from its home turf of Korea, where it was listed with the equivalent of a $1210 price, the 512-gigger will be sold in Russia, too, for the equivalent of $1400, but things there cost a lot anyway, while in Indonesia it's listed for the same $1209 as in Korea.

Will the 512GB Note 9 make it to this side of the pond? Hopefully, given that 4K 60fps video will be making a cameo, though the prices cited here are all for countries that get the Exynos version of Samsung's flagships for some reason.

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI



27. MartyvH

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

In 2007 a friend at the time asked me what I was doing buying such a big microSD card as 2GB. It was $30. "How are you going to use that much?" he said.

36. Nostromo79

Posts: 171; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

The 1GB SD card ($100) I'd referred to in another post was the first I'd ever owned and I swapped it between a Palm Treo 650 and a Kodak Z760 5MP digital camera up until early 2008. It still exists and I last used it to transfer media files to this laptop which I'm using in late-2015. No new media has been added to the card since '08 and when I last noted it was three-quarters full. That card is an 'artifact' now for the original, period correct photos and videos, all low resolution when compared to what we know today, contained on it.

23. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Not sure why the double posts??? Only hit post 1 time.

25. Nostromo79

Posts: 171; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

It's a recent, intermittent phenomenon.

22. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

512GB internal would be news. 512 GB SD is NOT! Come on PA - give us the whole story.

21. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

512GB internal would be news. 512 GB SD is NOT! Come on PA - give us the whole story.

20. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1355; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I think I need this. 128GB+ internal storage plus terabyte of SD cards full of videos and movies.

17. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

people who are saying that nobody need that amount of storage are the same people who said that 3.5-inch screen is the perfect size and 8gb is more than enough it is not about if you need it or not it is about moving forward in technology

14. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I can guess what the next anti-Apple ad would be. The Apple guy tries to shoot that amazing video but iOS is popping up a notification that "Your iPhone is full. Delete some content and try again". Meanwhile the Samsung guy keeps shooting while glancing sardonically to the poor Apple guy. Samsung is so boringly predicable. It seems as if their new features are being dictated by potential anti Apple ads and not because they are really needed. It would be a laugh if the SD get corrupted though.

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4429; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

That ad is already out with the exception of the corrupted card. Never experienced a corrupted card but can understand it happens.

24. Alcyone

Posts: 671; Member since: May 10, 2018

My Sandisk ultra 128gb micro corrupted after only 3 yrs. My baby girls photos (10 months) were lost, luckily my wife had the same photos and more on hers. Advice, only backup to the SD once a week; I did multiples, so I figure that did it. However, Sandisk did give me a brand new card, but now I use a Samsung Evo Plus 64gb

11. Nostromo79

Posts: 171; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

An enhanced bundle of Samsung's new Galaxy Watch and the Note9 for, maybe, a 50%-off price consideration on the watch for pre-orders would be something which Note aficionados would really jump on. My sample size of "Note aficionados" is relatively small since it is only me that I can vouch for at this moment.

10. Nostromo79

Posts: 171; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

Is Samsung getting ready to spring a 512GB micro SD card on the market in addition to the 512GB Note9?

5. Pigaro

Posts: 94; Member since: May 15, 2016

Huawei better

39. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

You got to be kidding me! Samsung > apple > google >>>>> huawei and any other chinese junk

4. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Read white text in small: "For 512GB models equipped with additional 512GB SD card" It simply means, Note 9 supports upto 512GB SD card.

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Pretty sure that’s what is implied. Now it’s possable with this. Who knows With a little luck will come with a free 512 GB SD card. It would not surprise me at all. Wish my iPhone had a spot for dd card

13. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Isn't SD card slower than internal storage?

19. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1355; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Yes, they have slower R/W speeds as well as having less Write cycles. If you constantly fill them up with new pictures after backing them up to a HDD they will fail after a few years. If you rewrite their data only a few times a year they will last a long time. I have some that are 10 years old and they work fine because they only get rewritten about once a year.

16. Nostromo79

Posts: 171; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

I don't know about any new 512GB micro SD card's potential price-point yet I'd have to believe it would be north of $325. I purchased Sandisk's 400GB card in April when the price had come down to $200 from its initial price of $249. That card is currently offered at $173 which is a relative steal for that much capacity. My first 1GB SD card (the big card) cost $100 at CompUSA in December of 2004 at the Perimeter Mall store in metro-Atlanta, Georgia. Hoping for a complimentary 512GB card, for me, is a bit of a stretch but would certainly seal the deal as far as it concerns me. Here's hoping.

3. Cat97

Posts: 2090; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Insane...waste of money and resources, no one needs so much space on a smartphone.

6. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 807; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I don't need that much storage on a smartphone, but it's cool that Samsung is catering to the needs of people who might. And since it doesn't affect me in the slightest, I won't complain about it. There, I fixed it for you. You're welcome. :-)

7. Tipus

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Just like with "who needs a bigger screen" right? :))

26. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 121; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

"Who needs a stylus "

2. mrsmith5280

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 23, 2018

I can see 8k video recording next year with phones shipping with a full 1 terabyte!

9. Nostromo79

Posts: 171; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

One of the benefits of aging is that to my eyes an upscaled DVD presentation looks almost as good as one in HD or 4K. Still, that is a gratifying amount of storage to have at my disposal for my needs.

12. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Do you know 8k recording needs 32 Megapixel camera ?

18. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1355; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

No. 8k would probably melt our phones considering 4K already pushes current mobile hardware near it's limits. Quality wise as well the tech won't be ready for at least 2-3 years.

1. ahmadkun

Posts: 719; Member since: May 02, 2016

Ohhhhh God .. thats amazing

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