Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors: Release date, specs, price, and features!
Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy Note 9!
Now more than ever, Samsung’s Galaxy S+ phones are becoming eerily similar to the Note series. The Note used to be Samsung’s way of touting all of the latest and greatest tech it had to offer, and while this is still the case, the same can be said for this year’s Galaxy S9+.
Samsung needs more than just the S Pen to make the Note 9 stand out from its own phones and the rest of the competition, and luckily, all signs are pointing to something exciting for this year’s release. Here’s what we know so far!
July 11, 2018 — Official render confirms the front of the Note 9’s design
There’s been no shortage of Note 9 renders over the last few weeks, and the latest comes by way of AndroidHeadlines.
The image shown above was obtained by the site and is said to be “an official render of the Galaxy Note 9.”
As we’ve seen from past images, the Note 9 is going to look a lot like the Note 8. There’s a large Infinity Display taking up the majority of the front, with the top area being home to the front-facing camera, iris scanning system, ambient light sensor, etc. Also similar is the power/lock button on the right with the left side being home to a volume rocker and dedicated Bixby button.
June 29, 2018 — Note 9 hands-on hints at 2-day battery life, up to 8GB RAM, and more
Eldar Murtazin has built a name for himself as one of the top dogs in the mobile industry, and after going hands-on with a Note 9 prototype recently, he shared some highlights about what we can expect from the phone.
Murtazin notes that the Note 9 is quite a bit heavier than the Note 8, and while the exact battery capacity isn’t mentioned, he says that he was able to get around 23 to 25 hours of video playback at max brightness before needing to charge up and aroudn 1-2 days of regular use.
RAM and storage will start out at 6GB and 128GB, respectively, but Samsung will also offer 8GB + 256GB and 8GB + 512GB variants. The display is also said to be more visible in direct sunlight and comes with an upgraded Always On Display (though this could be pushed back to the Galaxy S10 if it’s not ready in time).
As for the S Pen, Murtazin reports that it’ll support Bluetooth connectivity, new work modes, and will be able to remotely unlock the Note 9.
What will the Galaxy Note 9 look like?
Quick answer — a lot like the Note 8.
We’ve seen one collection of renders for the Note 9 so far (pictured above), and save for the fingerprint sensor being moved below the rear camera sensor, the phone’s shaping up to be nearly identical to last year’s model.
As such, we can expect a large Infinity Display with slim bezels, an all-glass back, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Samsung’s event teaser suggests that we’ll get at least one bright yellow color option, but I’m still crossing my fingers the Galaxy S9’s Burgundy Red gets a wide release on the Note 9 🤞.
What specs can we look forward to?
Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones are always home to some of the best specs around, and the Note 9 shouldn’t be any different.
Based on the current rumor mill and what we’ve seen from other 2018 flagships, here’s what we think we’ll see this year.
|Operating system||Android Oreo|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810|
|Screen||6.3-inch Quad HD (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED panel 18.5:9 aspect ratio|
|RAM||6GB / 8GB|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB / 512GB|
|Expandability||microSD up to 2TB|
|Connectivity||USB-C 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Security||Fingerprint sensor Iris scanning Face unlock|
When will the Galaxy Note 9 be released?
The Galaxy Note 9 will be announced on August 9, 2018, at an Unpacked event in New York City.
We can expect retail availability to come in a 1-2 week time frame after the announcement, if any previous launches are any indication.
How much will the Galaxy Note 9 cost?
Pricing for the Note series has steadily been going up each year, as has the majority of the smartphone industry.
The Galaxy Note 8 costs $950 unlocked, and I’d expect the Note 9 to cost either the same or slightly more. Apple proved with the iPhone X that people aren’t afraid to shell out $1000+ for a new smartphone, and I don’t consider it to be out of the question for Samsung to follow suit with the Note 9 – especially if it adopts newer technologies like an in-display fingerprint sensor.
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Updated: June 29, 2018: Updated the spec sheet to coincide with latest rumors.