Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the next flagship smartphone touting the S Pen, will be officially announced on August 9. The South Korean giant started sending media invites for the event yesterday, and the phablet is expected to be identical to its predecessor. While the smartphone has leaked in the past revealing its design and key features, a new leak sheds more light on what to expect from the Galaxy Note 9 in terms of specifications and features.
A new report from Eldar Murtazin reveals more details about design, functionality and hardware specifications of the device. Murtazin claims to have spent some time with a pre-production unit in the US to evaluate the software and hardware of the smartphone. The report also details some of the features coming to next year’s flagship Galaxy S10 devices. So here is what Samsung plans to offer with the Galaxy Note 9.
The Galaxy Note 9 will be almost identical to its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 8, in terms of design and materials. As detailed by tipster @OnLeaks before, the only difference will be in the back with the smartphone getting a repositioned fingerprint sensor. The choice is rather intriguing with Samsung adopting horizontal stack for dual rear cameras while the fingerprint sensor sits below it. With this design, the difference between Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 9 will come down to alignment of the dual rear camera setup.
The material used for the build is expected to be the same with aluminum frame and glass on the front as well as rear. Another change is said to come in the form of a larger 4,000mAh battery, and Murtazin says it is estimated to last for up to two days on normal use, and offer 23-25 hours of video playback at maximum brightness.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to launch with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC in the US and China. In all other markets, the smartphone could be offered with a new Exynos chipset, which could be a faster version of the Exynos 9810 found on Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The reviewer stresses on the fast and snappy performance of the prototype device. The Galaxy Note 9 is said to start with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage and Samsung plans to offer models with 8GB RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage.
Murtazin says the Galaxy Note 9’s display will offer improved sunlight visibility suggesting a brighter panel than its predecessor. While the report does not reveal the size of the display, it is expected to measure 6.4-inch diagonally. The prototype device also offers an updated Always On display, which might not be ready for Galaxy Note 9 launch and could be pushed back to Galaxy S10 launch instead.
The Galaxy Note 9 will likely borrow the dual rear camera setup from Galaxy S9+ with the primary camera offering variable aperture. The report mentions minor improvements, but does not offer details. There is a possibility that Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will use improved ISOCELL technology and optical image stabilization to produce better images.
One of the key focus with Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be the S Pen, and the leaks so far indicate Bluetooth support and the ability to unlock the device remotely. Murtazin does not reveal much about new features, but Samsung could launch new S Pen modes that appeal to business users.
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Samsung has reportedly stopped shipping the Galaxy Note 8 to its retail partners for a few months now, and most retailers are said to be clearing their stock position. This further indicates how the Galaxy Note 9 won’t be much different from its predecessor and Samsung is basically helping Galaxy Note 9 sales by taking the Galaxy Note 8 off shelves.
The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to ship globally starting from the end of August. While the source for these details have a proven credibility, these details should be taken with skepticism since the final device could differ from the prototype.