Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy Note 9!
Now more than ever, Samsung’s Galaxy S+ phones are becoming eerily similar to the Note series. The Note used to be Samsung’s way of touting all of the latest and greatest tech it had to offer, and while this is still the case, the same can be said for this year’s Galaxy S9+.
Samsung needs more than just the S Pen to make the Note 9 stand out from its own phones and the rest of the competition, and luckily, all signs are pointing to something exciting for this year’s release. Here’s what we know so far!
July 24, 2018 — A leaked image shows off the Note 9 in three colors
Another day, another leak from Evan Blass. Last week, we saw the front and back of the blue Galaxy Note 9, but with today’s leaked image we see the phone in three colors — black, blue, and brown.
It looks like the blue Note 9 will be the only model with the yellow S Pen teased in Samsung’s official event invite. The other two will have color-matched S Pens, all of which look fantastic.
July 17, 2018 — A new render shows the Note 9 once again
We already have a pretty good idea as to what the Galaxy Note 9 will look like, but thanks to a new render, the picture’s now clearer than ever before.
Evan Blass took to Twitter today with the above photo. It shows the Note 9 in a blue paint job with a blue and yellow S Pen to accompany it, and the combo looks downright fantastic.
July 16, 2018 — Galaxy Note 9 spotted out in the wild with Samsung’s CEO
Not too long after DJ Koh spilled some beans about the Note 9’s S Pen features, he’s back in the news once more as he was recently spotted using the phone during the media event mentioned below.
Koh can be seen using the Note 9 in the above photo, and while most of the device is hidden, we can confirm that it is, in fact, the Note 9 due to the placement of the rear camera and fingerprint sensor.
What will the Galaxy Note 9 look like?
Quick answer — a lot like the Note 8.
We’ve seen one collection of renders for the Note 9 so far (pictured above), and save for the fingerprint sensor being moved below the rear camera sensor, the phone’s shaping up to be nearly identical to last year’s model.
As such, we can expect a large Infinity Display with slim bezels, an all-glass back, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Samsung’s event teaser suggests that we’ll get at least one bright yellow color option, but I’m still crossing my fingers the Galaxy S9’s Burgundy Red gets a wide release on the Note 9 🤞.
What specs can we look forward to?
Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones are always home to some of the best specs around, and the Note 9 shouldn’t be any different.
Based on the current rumor mill and what we’ve seen from other 2018 flagships, here’s what we think we’ll see this year.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810
6.3-inch Quad HD (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED panel 18.5:9 aspect ratio
6GB / 8GB
128GB / 256GB / 512GB
microSD up to 2TB
USB-C 3.5mm headphone jack
Fingerprint sensor Iris scanning Face unlock
What’s going on with the S Pen?
The S Pen has always been one of the biggest draws to the Galaxy Note phones, and this year with the Note 9, we’re expecting Samsung to give the accessory one of the biggest updates we’ve seen in years.
One of the biggest changes this time around is that the Note 9 S Pen is rumored to come with Bluetooth. On one hand, this means the S Pen will need to have a battery and be charged somehow. Although we can’t confirm this, it’s likely Samsung will design a system that allows the S Pen to charge up while it’s inside the Note 9.
On a more exciting note, Bluetooth could allow for the S Pen to be useful even when it’s not in direct contact with the Note 9. Its button could act as a camera shutter, slide-show clicker, give you better alerts when it’s away from your phone, and more.
There have also been hints at some sort of gaming-specific features, but it’s unclear how exactly these will pan out.
When will the Galaxy Note 9 be released?
The Galaxy Note 9 will be announced on August 9, 2018, at an Unpacked event in New York City.
We can expect retail availability to come in a 1-2 week time frame after the announcement, if any previous launches are any indication.
How much will the Galaxy Note 9 cost?
Pricing for the Note series has steadily been going up each year, as has the majority of the smartphone industry.
The Galaxy Note 8 costs $950 unlocked, and I’d expect the Note 9 to cost either the same or slightly more. Apple proved with the iPhone X that people aren’t afraid to shell out $1000+ for a new smartphone, and I don’t consider it to be out of the question for Samsung to follow suit with the Note 9 – especially if it adopts newer technologies like an in-display fingerprint sensor.
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Updated: July 23, 2018: Added a new section for the Note 9’s S Pen.
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