Samsung has started sending out media invitations for the launch of a new Galaxy device on August 9. The South Korean technology giant is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 9 as the invite clearly shows the S Pen stylus, the hallmark feature of a Note series device.
The date for the launch of Galaxy Note 9 was first detailed by Bloomberg and Samsung’s official invite says the company will “welcome a new member to the premium Galaxy family.” The timing of the invite should not come as a surprise since the Galaxy Note 9 got certified by US FCC early this week. By showing the S Pen stylus in the teaser video, Samsung is making it clear that the company is going back to basics with the next version of the Galaxy Note series device.
The leaks so far suggest that the Galaxy Note 9 will not differ much from its predecessor in terms of design. The renders suggest the Galaxy Note 9 will feature a slightly bigger 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2960×1440 pixels and dual curved edges. At the back, the smartphone is said to retain the horizontally stacked dual rear camera setup.
With Galaxy Note 9, Samsung is planning to relocate the fingerprint sensor below the camera module but the renders hint at an ugly design choice. The invitation may also hint at a new yellow color choice for the smartphone. On the hardware front, it will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset in the US and China, while rest of the world will get variants with Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 chipset.
The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to come with 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB storage, but there is also a possibility that Samsung might offer 8GB RAM variant this time around. The smartphone will likely borrow the dual rear camera setup from Galaxy S9+ with variable aperture, and support super slow-motion video recording at 960 frames per second.
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Last year, Samsung redesigned the Galaxy Note 8, and took a conservative approach to pack a smaller 3,300mAh battery in the aftermath of Galaxy Note 7 debacle. This year, Samsung is rumored to get back to the roots of Galaxy Note series by offering a larger 4,000mAh battery. The Galaxy Note series has always been known for its long endurance and productive features like S Pen and a suit of work applications. With Galaxy Note 9, Samsung might finally offer a worthy successor to the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.