Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the next flagship smartphone from the South Korean technology giant, is expected to launch sometime in August. Ahead of its official launch, the smartphone has already leaked in the form of renders revealing some of key design changes. Now, a source familiar with Samsung’s plans confirms that the smartphone won’t be much different from its predecessor.
A China-based industry source has revealed that the Galaxy Note 9 will look very similar to Galaxy Note 8. This contradicts a leak predicting massive improvement in terms of screen-to-body ratio. The renders shared by tipster OnLeaks had previously revealed that Samsung is planning minor design changes for the Galaxy Note 9 this year. These renders suggest that the Galaxy Note 9 will be identical to its immediate predecessor from the front.
However, the back will get a repositioned fingerprint sensor similar to that of Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. While the new Galaxy S9 smartphones feature a vertically-stacked rear camera modules, the Galaxy Note 9 is said to stick with the horizontal alignment. The renders show a rather weird design choice from Samsung since the horizontally-placed dual cameras, and the fingerprint sensor don’t seem to blend in well with the aesthetics.
With the upcoming Galaxy Note 9, Samsung is probably adopting the “don’t fix what is not broken” strategy. In the past few years, the difference between flagship Galaxy S series and Galaxy Note series has been diminishing and the rather unpleasant design choice could help set the Galaxy Note 9 apart from Galaxy S9.
With Galaxy Note 9, Samsung is expected to focus mainly on improving the internals. It is expected to feature a slightly bigger 6.4-inch display as opposed to 6.3-inch display seen on its predecessor. It will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 CPU. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 9 will be offered with 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB internal storage. Samsung will also bring the variable aperture 12-megapixel camera first seen on the Galaxy S9 series to Note this year.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be announced at an event in New York on August 9. It is expected to go on sale later that month which aligns with IFA 2018 conference in Berlin. With the Galaxy Note 9 largely sticking to the tried and test design, Samsung’s focus seems to be on the redesigned Galaxy S10 and company’s first foldable smartphone slated to launch at MWC next year.