The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be the next flagship smartphones from Samsung that is expected to be launched later in the year. Samsung has not officially announced everything but it has not stopped the rumors or leaks from finding their way online, all of which have been compiled into this article.
So far Samsung hasn’t really introduced any wild or crazy designs for its smartphones in recent years. The company did make some waves when they introduced curved displays to their phones, but following which the company’s smartphones have pretty much all adopted that design ever since.
The Note 9 doesn’t appear to be the exception and leaked renders have shown that to be the case. However what’s interesting is that according to the leak, the Note 9 might end up actually being slightly thicker than its predecessor where it would have a thickness of 8.8mm versus the Note 8’s 8.6mm. Whether or not users will be able to notice this thickness remains to be seen, although it’s not exactly a deal-breaker.
In terms of display, the Galaxy Note series tends to feature larger displays compared to the Galaxy S series which makes sense as the Note series is marketed towards those who like to use a stylus. Last year’s Note 8 had a 6.3-inch display and based on the rumors, the Note 9 is also expected to retain its 6.3-inch display. As for resolution, there doesn’t seem to be any rumored changes on that front so expect the same 2960×1440 resolution from the Note 8.
It probably goes without saying that the majority of this year’s flagship smartphones will be packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. This is expected to be the case with the Note 9, although there have been benchmarks that have revealed that the use of the Exynos 9810 is a possibility.
More than likely we’ll see the use of both where some markets will get the Qualcomm variant while others will get the Exynos variant, as is the case with the Galaxy S9. Both are expected to perform identically, although on paper there might be some differences. As for RAM, some rumors are claiming that the Note 9 could be bumped to 8GB of RAM versus the 6GB found in the Note 8.
Whether or not this matters depends on how you use your phone, but the Note 8 was pretty speedy as it is so we’re not sure how much of a perceived difference an extra 2GB of RAM would have.
The camera is probably something that many are interested in given how much we use our phones to take photos and videos these days. The Note 8 had a pair of 12MP rear-facing cameras with apertures of f/1.7 and f/2.4. There hasn’t been much talk about the specifics of the Note 9’s cameras, but the rumors are claiming it will be an “upgrade”, although what exactly that means is anyone’s guess. However historically all the Note cameras have typically offered the same base cameras features as the Galaxy S series, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the Note 9 had the same camera specs as the Galaxy S9 and S9+, but maybe with some software improvements here and there.
Samsung has been including its iris scanning technology in its phones as of late and we expect that to carry on in the Note 9. However there is a big question and that is will it continue to use a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, or will we be getting an in-display sensor? Some rumors are claiming no, while others say yes.
Samsung had previously stated that they would not release such a feature until they were sure it worked 100% of the time, but whether or not this means it will make it into the Note 9 remains to be seen. Worst case scenario is that the Note 9 will continue packing a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which while some might argue isn’t really ideal, is not exactly a deal-breaker either.
Samsung has confirmed that Bixby 2.0 will be launching alongside the Note 9, but the company has remained mum on what kind of new features, changes, or improvements we can expect.
The Note 8 comes with a 3,300mAh battery which was an odd choice given that it was smaller than the Galaxy S8+. However the good news is that the Note 9 could be bumping up the battery size considerably. Some reports are claiming it could go up to 3,850mAh, while others claim 4,000mAh, but either way the general consensus seems to be that it will be increased, but exactly by how much is anyone’s guess.
So far there have been more than a few rumors suggesting that the Note 9 could be launched earlier than expected. The most recent report we’ve heard is that it could be officially announced on the 9th of August. This makes the announcement earlier compared to the Note 8 by a couple of weeks. As for availability, that will most likely depend on the region it is launched in, but so far what we’ve seen is that Samsung typically releases its devices about 2-3 weeks after the official announcement, so we expect that to remain the same with the Note 9.
Pricing wise will also most likely vary from region to region, but a recent leak has revealed that the phone could cost $936 for the 128GB model, and could go up to $1,214 for the model with 512GB of storage.