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!
August 6, 2018 — Samsung to offer 15,000 V-Bucks with Galaxy Note 9 pre-orders
The Galaxy Note 9 will officially be announced this Thursday, and along with learning more about the phone itself, we’re also expecting to hear about the long-awaited Android port of Fortnite. We already know that Fortnite for Android will be a limited-time exclusive to the Note 9, and thanks to XDA Developers, we have more information regarding the V-Bucks pre-order bonus we learned about late last month.
As discovered in the code of Epic’s website, there’s mention of "Samsung Preorder 15000 V-Bucks Promo." In other words, you’ll be able to get 15,000 V-Bucks when pre-ordering the Note 9.
15,000 V-Bucks is equal to $150 United States Dollars, and while it might seem silly to give away virtual points as a pre-order promo for a phone that’ll likely cost $800 – $900, that should be quite appealing to fans of the game that are looking to upgrade their phone.
August 3, 2018 — Note 9 retail box confirms many of the Note 9’s specs
For Pete’s sake — this is just getting ridiculous.
The same day that Samsung accidentally published a promo video for the Note 9, a Russian retail box for the phone has appeared to confirm a number of specifications. Although the specs are written in Russian, a quick translation makes them accessible in no time at all.
For the display, we’re looking at a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of Quad HD+. The camera hardware appears to be the same as the Galaxy S9+, consisting of two 12MP sensors on the back. That means the primary lens will be capable of dual f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures while the secondary f/2.4 lens allows for optical zoom.
Also present is an 8MP front-facing camera, 4,000 mAh battery, 128GB of storage (other rumored configurations include 256GB and 512GB), and headphones that are tuned by AKG. The box mentions "remote control" for the new S Pen, but doesn’t go any further to explain what that actually means.
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.
|Spec||Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specs|
|Operating system||Android Oreo|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
or Exynos 9810
|Screen||6.4-inch Quad HD (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED panel
18.5:9 aspect ratio
|Rear camera 1||12MP
f/1.4 and f/2.4 adjustable aperture
|Rear camera 2||12MP
|RAM||6GB / 8GB|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB / 512GB|
|Expandability||microSD up to 1TB|
3.5mm headphone jack
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.
Updated August 3, 2018: Updated spec sheet with latest available info.
August 6, 2018 at 04:25AM