After the successful launch of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, Samsung is now gearing up to launch the Galaxy Note 9. Reports indicate that the phablet will be launched in New York on August 9, but Samsung hasn’t officially confirmed anything yet. Now, ahead of the rumored launch, the Galaxy Note 9 has cleared FCC certification earlier than expected.
In comparison, the Galaxy Note 8 cleared the FCC certification in July last year. Spotted by DroidLife on FCC listing, the model number SM-N960F has been certified, which is an international version. The US-specific variant is expected to be the SM-N960U is Samsung’s naming nomenclature is to go by. Considering the certified smartphone is an international variant, it features a lot of LTE bands, you can check in the image below.
We have already come across leaked CAD renders of the Galaxy Note 9 which confirm that the phablet won’t look radically different from its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 8. However, there will be some design refinements with the relocation of fingerprint sensor at the back. Recent report also hint that the S Pen will get the much-needed upgrade this year with ‘remote features’ marking the biggest generational jump.
Galaxy Note9 S Pen is a pen with a soul. It may be the biggest update in the history of the S Pen.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 25, 2018
Reliable leaker @UniverseIce tweeted saying “Galaxy Note9 S Pen is a pen with a soul. It may be the biggest update in the history of the S Pen. The Note9 SPen feature is worth the wait.”
Now, Samsung-tracking site AllAboutSamsung is reporting that the S Pen may come with Bluetooth support, which could add a small speaker and a microphone feature to let you remotely receive calls from the stylus. However, it seems too good to be true, and we wouldn’t advise you to get your hopes too high. The S Pen hasn’t seen a major upgrade since the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, but this year, the stylus may get support for 8,192 pressure levels, up from 4,096 levels of pressure on the Note 8.
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In terms of specifications, the Galaxy Note 9 could flaunt a 6.4-inch Infinity Display with a resolution of 1440×2960 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Under the hood could be an Exynos 9810 SoC or Snapdragon 845 SoC, which will be region dependent. The phablet will either be paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, with storage variants ranging from 64GB to 512GB.
The Note 9 could also come with a higher capacity battery rated at 3,850mAh, biggest ever on a Note-series smartphone. Which of the rumored specifications finally come true that we will only come to know when Samsung officially announces the Note 9.