Samsung is expected to launch the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 this July, a month earlier than anticipated. Although there are several reasons behind this decision, the rather sluggish sales of its other flagship smartphones, S9 and S9+ are primary factors for this development. Industry officials also believe that Samsung is pushing for a launch date in July, in order to get a head start over the new Apple iPhones that are expected to launch in September.
According to a report by the Korean Herald, Samsung had already started mass production of 6.38-inch display meant for the device, back in April. In comparison, this was two months earlier compared to last year’s schedule. Not just that, reports of the Note 9 being certified by China Ministry of Industry Information Technology (CMII), also hint at the device’s early release.
Industry experts also believe that the decision for an early launch is influenced by what Samsung plans on launching next year. The rumors are mostly pointed towards the Galaxy S10, which being the 10-year anniversary flagship in the S series, is expected to have some radical features. That device is also rumored to be backed by Samsung’s first foldable smartphone, which is expected to launch at MWC 2019. So, it only makes sense for Samsung to launch the Galaxy Note 9 as early as possible, in order to maximize its sale in 2018.
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Samsung still hasn’t confirmed anything yet and that also includes the Note 9 features. As far as rumors go, the Galaxy Note 9 is said to be coming with a 6.38-inch display and a 4,000 mAh battery. There are also claims about the phone featuring an in-display fingerprint sensor that Samsung is developing in-house.