Why The Blue Galaxy Note9 Has A Yellow S Pen

Image: Tegan Jones/Gizmodo Australia

In Australia we'll be receiving the Midnight Black, Metallic Copper and Ocean Blue versions of the freshly-announced Galaxy Note9.

For anyone keen on the lavender purple, sorry we're not getting it.

But while most of the handsets have S Pens to match, the latter has a rather distinct point of difference. Its S Pen is yellow. Here's why.

This post was originally published on August 10 at 01:32am

Image: All the colour options

When an image of an incredibly yellow looking S Pen leaked several weeks back, I was somewhat skeptical. Calling it a banana in a headline, I theorised that perhaps it was just a washed out photo and that perhaps the S Pen was actually gold.

Wrong.

It is absolutely yellow and it has been paired with the Ocean Blue Note 9 quite purposely.

Image: Tegan Jones/Gizmodo Australia

"We wanted to introduce a bold design for the Galaxy Note9 – with the Midnight Blue and yellow S Pen model – for our customers who are looking for a device that stands out from the crowd," said Garry MCGregory, Vice President at Samsung Electronics Australia.

It certainly does that. And the choice makes more sense when you take into account that the Ocean Blue version is the hero colour of the set.

Image: Tegan Jones/Gizmodo Australia

Note9 users will get to write in the same vibrant yellow while taking notes in 'screen off' mode, which triggers when you remove the S Pen from its cradle. This allows you to write a note in the colour of your S Pen without unlocking your phone.

Image: Writing on the lock screen with the Metallic Copper S Pen

To be honest, the yellow isn't my favourite colour option. In fact, I don't really like it at all. But when it leaked a few weeks back quite a few people were very excited, so I am very happy for you! I'll stick to the Metallic Copper though, thanks.

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 will be available in Australia and globally from August 24. Pre-orders are available between August 10 and 23 and allow you to buy the 512GB version of the phone for the same price as the 128GB model — $1,499. The RRP for the 512GB after launch will be $1,799.

The author traveled to New York as a guest of Samsung.

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