The next big thing from Samsung is the Galaxy S9 and it’s only a few weeks away from launch. The Korean company will be at the MWC 2018 event later this month to take the wraps off the S8 successor, but this will only be the beginning of what is expected to be an even more interesting year for Sammy fans.
Even as all attention is now on what Samsung is planning for the Galaxy S9, this hasn’t stopped the company from commencing works on the Galaxy Note 9, a phone that should be unveiled this summer. So far, we’ve already stumbled into some details regarding the Galaxy Note 8 successor, including the specs and features to expect alongside the release date and price. Read on.
Galaxy Note 9 specs and features
- No drastic design changes expected
- 6.4-inch display rumored
- About 4000mAh battery unit
- Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810 on the cards
- Intelligent Scan feature for facial recognition
- May support in-display fingerprint sensor
Given the Galaxy Note 9, codenamed Crown, will not be here until August 2018, it for sure seems too early to start even talking about it. But hey, we don’t make the rules.
Looking at what Samsung has been doing over the years, we can deduce a good number of things about the Galaxy Note 9 based on all that we know about Galaxy S9 specs and features. Just about everything about the S9 is in the public domain, which also means that we know a lot of details regarding the Galaxy Note 9.
It’s almost certain that the Note 9 will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset paired with at least 6GB RAM. It’s unlikely that Samsung will make the swift shift to 8GB RAM after having only used the module once on its Note flagship. This is despite the fact that the Galaxy S9+ is also expected to come with a standard RAM of 6GB.
Galaxy Note9 (SM-N960U) codename is Crown. pic.twitter.com/5WIF6FbtiP
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 14, 2018
The Galaxy Note 8 is already blazing fast and considering the upgrades the Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810 have over their predecessors, the Note 9 should take this already impressive performance to the next level. You can also expect more markets to get storage options of up to 256GB.
The first benchmarks of the Galaxy Note 9 have also appeared online, all but confirming a number of our previous hunches. As you’d expect, the model number is SM-N960 and under the hood, the benchmarks, which were spotted on Geekbench, point to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB RAM, and Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. With these specs, the Note 9 was able to manage a single-core score of 2190 and a multi-core score of 8806.
Like the Galaxy S9 with respect to the Galaxy S8, we expect that the Note 9 will stick to the same design language as the Note 8, including screen size and resolution. Samsung is also lining up a feature known as Intelligent Scan, which is believed to be the answer to Apple’s Face ID.
April 11: Galaxy Note 9 to sport a huge 4000mAh battery and a 6.4-inch display
It recently emerged that the Galaxy Note 9 may see an early launch compared to the Note 8. Now, finer details of the phone are showing up from various tipsters. Apparently, the Galaxy Note 9 will ship with a slightly bigger 6.4-inch display screen, up from the 6.3-inch panel used on the Note 8.
Samsung GALAXY Note9:6.4inch
— 萌萌的电教 (@MMDDJ_) April 10, 2018
This development corroborates a previous rumor that pointed to a slightly bigger 6.38-inch panel for the Note 9 compared to the 6.32-inch unit on the Note 8.
4000mAh or 3850mAh
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) April 11, 2018
Even more interesting is that the Note 9 may also get a bigger battery of between 3850mAh and 4000mAh. Cool huh! This would be a massive step up from the 3300mAh unit on the Note 8 and even the 3500mAh unit on the S9+ and it’s a change that would be welcomed with open arms.
Galaxy Note 9 price and release date
- More expensive than Galaxy Note 8
- August 2018 release expected
There are reports that Samsung will up the price of the Galaxy S9 by about $100 compared to the S8. Although not confirmed, the latest trend in the flagship smartphone market adds more weight to this argument. With this in mind, you can expect the Galaxy Note 9 to come in valued at about $1000 or even more. The Galaxy Note 8 came in priced at $950.
As for the release date, The Bell reports that the Galaxy Note 9 will be available for purchase in August 2018, a month or so earlier than the Note 8, which started selling on 15 September 2017. Mass production of the Note 9’s display screen will kick off in April, paving way for a potential launch in July.
In-display fingerprint scanner?
A report from The Investor claimed that Samsung has finally decided to house an in-display fingerprint sensor on the Note 9. In fact, the publication says that Samsung’s display division has handed its Electronics division — one that is responsible for the Galaxy Note 9 — as many as 4 designs for testing and things look optimistic with one of them. This is the reason the Note 9’s design has not been finalized yet.
This is a welcome development as regards Note 9 because this gives something new to look out for the Note 9, something we cannot say for the Galaxy S9 — so much that it’s been said that S9’s sales in the US are 40% less compared to the Galaxy S8.
Earlier, the Bell had reported that the Note 9 might not feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, which led to some disappointment for Samsung fans as companies like Vivo have already outed one such device in Vivo X21 UD.
Now, in another report by The Bell, the publication has echoed its earlier stand that the Galaxy Note 9 will not feature an in-display fingerprint scanner, claiming that Samsung feels the current crop of sensors isn’t of the top-most standards to match what is required for the Note 9. For this reason, the Note 9 may still get the same treat as the S9 and S9+ – a rear-mounted scanner, arranged vertically to a dual-lens camera, and an iris scanner, probably with 3D capabilities like Apple’s Face ID.
Even more interesting is the claim that the Galaxy Note 9 may house a slightly bigger 6.38-inch panel compared to the 6.32-inch panel used on the Note 8. But since the Note 9 is expected to shed off some of the bezels like the S9 did with respect to the S8, it’s possible the slightly bigger screen will be accommodated in a slightly smaller body compared to the Note 8 – or a similar sized body.
5G support in tow
A new rumor coming out of Korea, as reported by The Bell, reveals that Samsung is contemplating support of 5G Network for the Galaxy Note 9. It’s being said that the main antenna responsible for the transmission and reception of data has been changed from LDS (Laser Direct Structuring) to HRC (High-Frequency Range) — of course, the HRC is required for 5G.
The report further says that the chipset that supports the HRC antenna is being considered and that local companies working such products would benefit from this.
May release a bit sooner
The ever-trusted publication on Samsung-related news, Sammobile, is now reporting that the firmware development has begun for the Galaxy Note 9. That it’s started already may mean that Samsung could launch the Note 8 earlier than usual, given the timing of Galaxy S8 and S9 launches and their firmware development.
Anyway, if that’s the case, we will more than happy to see Samsung put in 5G and in-display fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy Note 9 to go toe to toe with Apple’s new lineup of three iPhone X like models.
What do you think?
If Samsung gets the tech for 5G and in-display fingerprint sensor right, should they also release a Galaxy Note 9 Mini handset to target more audience as the Note 9 is already rumored to cost more than the Galaxy Note 8.