We’re less than a month away from the official launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 and already a good amount of all the suspense that had been building up is spoiled – by guess who – Samsung, of course.
So, let’s go ahead and break down all the leaks that have been dished out to us, so far, about the Galaxy Note 9.
What the leaks have managed to reveal is that the Note 9 is built very much along the lines of the Galaxy Note 8, with a rectangular design, metal frame and a glass back.
Early reports suggest that the Note 9’s screen might be a tad bigger at 6.38 inches than the Note 8’s 6.3-inch display, and if there’s any truth in it, it would mean the biggest display ever on a Samsung phone.
Taking a leaf out of the Galaxy S9’s book, the fingerprint reader on this one will now exist below the rear-facing dual camera setup, which is a very welcome upgrade, as it makes it easier to reach the fingerprint scanner without leaving unwanted smudges on the camera lenses – a really cool improvement, one has to say.
Unfortunately, the under-the-screen fingerprint scanner that was originally planned for the Note 9 was abandoned late in the development process of the phone.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the Note 9 will, probably, give you most of the ports, if not all, that you can think of, including a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type C port, SD card slot and a speaker grille on the bottom that suggests onboard stereo speakers.
In keeping with what Samsung has consistently done in the past, the Note 9 will be dust and water-resistant, as well.
Powering the Note 9 in North America will be a Snapdragon 845 processor, while the rest of the world will get their Note 9s with Samsung’s Exynos9 series 9810 chip.
Also, the new Note is getting a massive battery boost with a 4,000mAh battery, capable of delivering 25 hours of video playback on a single charge – certainly a big jump from the Note 8’s 3,300 mAh battery, which was quite respectable in itself.
Now, here’s the biggest change you can expect in the Samsung Galaxy Note 9; it will come equipped with an all-new S Pen with integrated 2.4GHz Bluetooth Low Energy and its own internal battery – a big, big improvement, indeed, from the unpowered inductive stylus you got with the previous generation Notes.
The August unveiling is sure to dedicate a good amount of time to introducing the S Pen and explaining its features and functionality, which is not very clear with the current information available.
However, the highly-regarded Ice Universe says that owing to the fact that the S Pen is going to be a Bluetooth device, you will be able to use it for some things that are not even related to the stylus, like controlling music playback, for example, and more.
So, if you’re a fan of the S Pen, you’re, probably, getting all excited already.
However, it would be prudent not to take anything for granted, as of now.
Rather, it would be in your interest to wait until the unveiling next month to be absolutely sure of the benefits and then you can take an informed decision on whether or not to upgrade to the Note 9.
We got to learn a bit more about the Note 9 when Mobile-Review’s Eldar Murtazin, somehow, got hold of a Note 9 and confirmed most of what we’ve already talked about above, in addition to some new information.
Murtazin says that the Note 9 has a super AMOLED display with increased brightness compared to the Note 8; plus, it’s heavier than the Note 8 – thanks to the huge 4,000mAh battery;
He also says that Samsung will offer the Note 9 in 6GB and 8GB RAM versions as well as 128,256, and 512GB internal storage options; however, it’s still now known which markets will get which of these options.
Murtazin is all praise for the performance of the Note 9 and the exclusive Samsung experience it brings with it.
He says the user interface is getting some cool new animations and that the Samsung AR emojis will get an update but chances are they might not be available at launch.
While there’s no confirmation on what the color choices are going to be on the Note 9, rumor has it that copper, blue, silver, violet, and black are potential options.
As for the price, we can expect the Note 9 to cost somewhere in the region of 900-1,000 dollars.
From the little that we know, we can surmise that the Note 9 will be hard, if not impossible, to beat in terms of features, performance, and versatility.
For Samsung, there’s a lot riding on the Note 9, but isn’t that the case with all new releases and with all manufacturers, alike?