The rumors are claiming that with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Samsung could be launching the device earlier than expected. How much earlier? We heard early August which would make it slightly earlier than last year’s Note 8. It’s starting to feel like the rumors could be true because according to a report from Droid-Life, the Note 9 has recently been spotted at the FCC.

The handset in question was not explicitly named as the Note 9. Instead it was the model number that was spotted which was “A3LSMN960F”. Based on previous leaks and also based on Samsung’s past releases and use of the model numbers, it has been deduced that the handset at the FCC is more likely than not the Note 9.

What’s the significance? Given that devices need to be approved and certified by the FCC if they’re planning on being sold in the US, the sighting at the FCC means that the handset’s launch could be close at hand. The fact that it was spotted this early does corroborate with the claims that it will be launched earlier than expected.

It is possible that maybe Samsung just wanted to get the handset certified early pending any unforeseen delays, so try not to get your hopes up just yet. Either way we have a couple of months to go so do check back with us then for more updates.

Filed in Cellphones. Read more about FCC, Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung.

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