Samsung launches Fortnite for Android exclusive
Samsung has nabbed the exclusive Android release of popular survival game Fortnite as part of the launch for its Note 9 phablet, which the company is marketing as a premium phone for gamers.
The phone is available for pre-order from 9 August, and the 128GB variant will be available for £899 while the upper-range 512GB device will sell for £1,099.
The "phablet" – combining features of a phone with a tablet – comes with Samsung's largest battery in a flagship phone – and the company seems to be confident in having left the explosive failure of the Galaxy Note 7 batteries behind it.
"The Note has always been our showcase for premium technology and industry-defining innovation, and Galaxy Note 9 is no exception," said Samsung.
With up to 8GB of RAM and the Exynos 9 CPU, the Note 9 comes tooled for the level of processing necessary for gaming, and Samsung will be keen to make the most of partnering with Fortnite developers Epic Games.
The Note 9 is "designed for a level of performance, power and intelligence that today's power users want and need," added DJ Koh, the head of Samsung's mobile division.
The multi-player shooting game Fortnite swiftly topped the iTunes charts in 13 countries just hours after its release on mobile in March.
However, it wasn't initially available on phones running the Android operating system.
At the time, the game's developer Epic Games said: "There's a very wide range of Android devices that we want to support.
"We want to make sure Android players have a great experience, so we're taking more time to get it right."
As an exclusive to Samsung, the game will not be available through the Google Play store, but will be available on other Samsung devices through the Galaxy game launcher.
Samsung Galaxy users with an S7 or a later device will be able to play the game too, although their devices may not be as optimised for gaming as the Note 9.
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