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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: news, leaks, price and release date | the story so far

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are on store shelves, now everyone’s interest is turning to the Galaxy Note 9. The upcoming device will be next big thing from Samsung. After the successful Galaxy Note 8, we can expect a big display, improved S Pen and unbeatable performance from the Galaxy Note 9.



Here are all of the Galaxy Note 9 leaks/rumors so far and the features we want to see…

Update 15: 3D Images of the Galaxy Note 9 in five colors

Update 14: Galaxy Note 9 512GB storage variant may launch in select markets

Update 13: Rumors: Galaxy Note 9 to feature Bixby 2.0 with faster and accurate AI and Experience 9.5

Update 12: Galaxy Note 9 will ship with a 4000mAh and a faster wireless charger, to unveil on Aug 9

Update 11: Leak: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will come with a thinner bottom bezel

Update 10: [Update]Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could arrive on August 9 with upgraded camera & processor


Update 9: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 concept images

Update 8: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release delayed by two weeks, design change

Update 7: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may feature a larger iris scanner than its predecessor

Update 6: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 screen protector appeared in a short video

Update 5: A new leak suggests that the Galaxy Note 9 will not get on-screen fingerprint scanner. Read here..

Update 4: A new leak from China suggests, Samsung will use the Galaxy Note 9 as its first phone to ship with an on-screen fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy Note 9 will have a whole new S Pen suite with unique features.

Update 3: A Samsung patent filing details how an embedded fingerprint sensor might work on the Galaxy Note 9. A Samsung patent filing – shows how the fingerprint sensor might work on the Note 9. An area at the bottom of the screen would accept your fingerprint, with a touch icon displaying when you put your finger on it.

Update 2: The Galaxy Note 9 has now obtained the Chinese certificate via the CMIIT (China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology). Last month, on March 21st the Samsung SM-N9600 was already certified, on 24 April 2018 a second variant was added, the SM-N9608.

Update 1: According to a report from The Investor, the Note 9 could launch much sooner. Samsung typically starts producing its OLED panels for Note series devices in June, but it’s said that the company will be moving ahead of schedule this year and start production as soon as April. This means the Galaxy Note 9 could go on sale as early as July.



Design & Display:

The Galaxy Note 8 features a metal and glass build with a dual-edge design, a dual-rear camera and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The Note users will expect, it has a built-in S Pen, which we’d expect to be even more sensitive than before. Samsung is planning S Pen improvements. The Note 9 will be IP68 water and dust resistant.

You can expect very slim bezels at the top and bottom of the display for an almost all-screen front, along with a premium build. Whether this build will continue with a combination of glass and metal is currently not yet known, though it has worked well for Samsung over the last few years so it would seem like an odd move to change.



According to a report from Korea Herald, the Note 9 will be getting an in-display fingerprint sensor, with an unnamed source saying: “Samsung Display has prepared three or four solutions for Samsung Electronics to embed the fingerprint sensor inside of the main display, and both are seriously considering one of the solutions.”

“A final decision on adoption of the technology will be made by this month.”

Read: Galaxy Note 9 to be featured with more screen size than Galaxy Note 8, may hit stores early

Some previous reports suggested the Note 9 will feature a in-display fingerprint sensor rather than continue with the slightly awkward rear-mounted positioning. Also it’s been claimed the company is looking at samples from various suppliers, which if true could lead to a more seamless finish on the back of the device.

Traditionally, the Note series came with a 5.7-inch display, but the Note 8 features 6.3-inches with the new 18.5:9 aspect ratio compared to the standard 16:9.

The Note 9 is poised to be the massively sized update to the Galaxy Note 8, but that’s not to say it’ll be a massive update to last year’s phone with a 6.3-inch screen.

According to latest leak, the Galaxy Note 9 to feature 6.4-inch massive display.



Battery:

Samsung’s been conservative with the size of the battery in the Galaxy Note 8, understandably given what happened with the Note 7, but it’s meant that while the Note 8 should last you a day you’ll probably be plugging it in at night.

And it doesn’t charge as fast as earlier fast charging Samsung phones either. That may have been a safety precaution as well, but if Samsung can find a way to deliver two-day life and truly fast charging with the Note 9, without risking an inferno, we’d be very happy.

According to latest leak, Galaxy Note 9 to feature 4000mAh or 3850mAh battery, which is really big upgrade.

Camera:

The Galaxy Note 8 was the first Samsung device to offer a dual-rear camera setup. You can expect the Note 9 will feature a similar camera to that of the S9/S9 Plus, which has a variable f/1.5 – f/2.4 aperture.

The Note 8 brought dual optical image stabilization to the party, which was a first for dual-cameras on smartphones so no doubt that will be on board the Note 9 as well with some improvements.



Sound:

There are plenty of great things about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but its speakers aren’t among them. It has just a single bottom-firing speaker, so for the Note 9 we want at least two speakers, and ideally for them to be positioned on the front of the phone, for sound that travels towards you when you’re looking at the screen. Given how large the Note 9 is likely to be though, it could maybe even manage four speakers, for truly big sound.

Software:

The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to run Android Oreo with Samsung’s software over the top. DJ Koh, Samsung mobile CEO – confirmed during MWC 2018 that the latest version of Bixby will launch with the Galaxy Note 9.

Koh said that Bixby 2.0 is currently being tested by around 800 partners and so will be able to support a “wider scope of voice assistant features”.

Hardware:

You can expect the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810 processor inside the Note 9, depending on region. This has now been confirmed thanks to a benchmark from the model number SM-N960U.

The device expected to come with 6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and microSD support for storage expansion. According to recent leak – the Note 9 will get a 3,850mAh battery, a big improvement over the Note 8’s 3300mAh. Also the Note 9 to have USB Type-C for charging and both Quick Charging and wireless charging supported.



Price

Whenever the Note 9 does arrive it’s sure to be expensive. The Galaxy Note 8 retailed for $950 at launch and we can’t see Samsung lowering the price for the Note 9. In fact, the S9 and S9 Plus saw a price increase in most countries, so it only makes sense for Samsung to push its top-tier phone higher, unfortunately.

Release date

The Samsung Galaxy Note series launches in the latter half of the year by tradition. The Galaxy Note 9 is therefore not expected to arrive until late summer 2018. Its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 8, was revealed on 23 August 2017 and hit shelves on 15 September, with the disastrous Note 7 launching around a similar time.

The Note 9 appears to have been trademarked by Samsung in mid-March. We’d therefore expect the Note 9 to be available around the middle of September 2018 , though no specific dates have been rumored as yet and nor are they likely to be for a few months.



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