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!
June 29, 2018 — Note 9 hands-on hints at 2-day battery life, up to 8GB RAM, and more
Eldar Murtazin has built a name for himself as one of the top dogs in the mobile industry, and after going hands-on with a Note 9 prototype recently, he shared some highlights about what we can expect from the phone.
Murtazin notes that the Note 9 is quite a bit heavier than the Note 8, and while the exact battery capacity isn’t mentioned, he says that he was able to get around 23 to 25 hours of video playback at max brightness before needing to charge up and aroudn 1-2 days of regular use.
RAM and storage will start out at 6GB and 128GB, respectively, but Samsung will also offer 8GB + 256GB and 8GB + 512GB variants. The display is also said to be more visible in direct sunlight and comes with an upgraded Always On Display (though this could be pushed back to the Galaxy S10 if it’s not ready in time).
As for the S Pen, Murtazin reports that it’ll support Bluetooth connectivity, new work modes, and will be able to remotely unlock the Note 9.
June 27, 2018 — Official launch event set for August 9
Samsung put an end to at least part of the speculation surrounding the Note 9 when it announced an Unpacked event in New York City for August 9, using a teaser image that shows a tight-in shot of an S Pen’s button. The August 9 date was previously rumored, as was the location of NYC.
That’s a couple weeks earlier than the Note 8 event last year, but a week later than the Note 7 event the year prior. This is right in the time frame where Samsung likes to get its stylus-toting phones out into the world.
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||6.3-inch Quad HD (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED panel
18.5:9 aspect ratio
|RAM||6GB / 8GB|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB / 512GB|
|Expandability||microSD up to 2TB|
3.5mm headphone jack
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: June 29, 2018: Updated the spec sheet to coincide with latest rumors.
June 29, 2018 at 07:41AM