The official Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch date is August 9, after an invite was sent out by Samsung on June 27. The disclosure will happen in Brooklyn, New York at 11 am EST (8 am PST, 4 pm BST).
It’s the next big Android smartphone to release, and it’ll be here next month. It means the new Galaxy Note phablet will arrive earlier than previous years – we’re used to late August for the announcement.
We’ve gathered up everything we know about Samsung’s new model coming up Galaxy Note 9 so far below.
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 9 will be launched on 9 August at a Samsung Unpacked event in New York. And the smartphone will go on sale two weeks later on 24 August.
There’s no statement made yet as to how much Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 will cost when it goes on sale. However, if anything like its forerunner, expect pricing to start at Rs 78749 SIM-free.
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|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100|
|4G bands||LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 32(1500), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100)|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (6CA) Cat18 1200/200 Mbps|
|LAUNCH||Announced||Not announced yet|
|Build||Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 dust/waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.4 inches, 104.0 cm2|
|Resolution||1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~514 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|– HDR10 compliant
– Always-on display
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 8.1 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Exynos 9810 Octa – EMEA
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 – USA & China
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA
Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA & China
|GPU||Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
Adreno 630 – USA & China
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only|
|Internal||64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||Dual: 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF) + 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6″, 1µm, AF), OIS, 2x optical zoom, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec|
|Secondary||8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6″, 1.22µm), AF, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|– Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– Bixby natural language commands and dictation
– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 3850 mAh battery|
|MISC||Colors||Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple|
|Price||About 990 EUR|
Note 9 in-screen fingerprint sensor
The biggest Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumor relates to its fingerprint scanner, with multiple leaks indicating that it could be built directly into the phone’s screen.
We’ve seen (and tested) in-screen fingerprint sensors in phones out of China – including the Vivo Nex and Porsche Design Mate RS – and Samsung is said to be testing multiple in-screen solutions, a move which could allow room for a larger battery in the Note 9.
That tallies with a source who’s said the Note 9 will have both an in-screen scanner and a big 3,850mAh battery.
However, a slightly earlier rumor points to the on-screen fingerprint sensor skipping the Note 9, just like it did on the S9 and S9 Plus, Note 8 and S8 and S8 Plus before. There’s more reason to believe it’ll show up on the Galaxy X (or the Galaxy S10 next year).
Both Samsung and Apple have been rumored to be working on this but failed to achieve it in time for their most recent handsets, pushing Samsung to move the scanner to a sub-optimal position on the back of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8, while Apple ditched it altogether from the iPhone X.
There’s hopeful news on the subject in the form of a Samsung patent, showing a handset with a scanner built into the screen. Supposedly it would digitally show where users need to place their finger, and could potentially provide vibrations as feedback.
Huawei and Vivo have demonstrated this tech in a phone this year, but Samsung is said to be using an ultrasonic-based in-screen fingerprint sensor for the Note 9, whereas the Huawei and Vivo use light-based optical under-glass fingerprint sensors.
Design and Differences from Note 8
You need to have a very sharp look to recognize Note 9 from the previous device, the front panel is just the same, as well as the look of the devices, is a similar one in one. Curved screen, the presence of exactly the same materials; although, the only difference is the block of cameras from the rear, they are located horizontally, and the sensor of the print was taken out under them. In a way, it does not cause any inconvenience, especially as unlocking the face and iris works fine, as well as in S9 / S9 +.
The weight of the device has little increased, you can notice it in the hands. The bug is that the battery is now 4000 mAh, this change can only be welcomed, the work time has grown. Depending on your need, this can be one or two days of work. Twists the video in non-stop mode this unit at maximum brightness from 23 to 25 hours.
As expected, the SuperAMOLED screen of the last generation, again the highest brightness increased a little, the scripts of work in new modes were added, these were improvements of all basic features, but it’s not possible to say that there was a breakthrough in comparison with S9 +. It’s just the best screen of those on the market. The updated version of AlwaysOn Display is still in question, as it exists in prototypes, but most likely it will be left for S10. we really liked the animations and things like that on the screen in the standby mode, as well as binding to external events.
Animodzi is improved now, but, as for us, this is a thing used for a very small audience, and in the positioning that the device has, they do not fit in almost in any way.
The basic version of the device goes to 6/128 GB, also available are 8/256, 8/512 GB, everywhere there are memory cards. As earlier, there is a clear break-out, for the US and South Korea, the smartphone goes to Qualcomm, for the rest of the world on Exynos. Performance is highest, in synthetic parrots it is one of the fastest devices.
A few lines about the main camera. The improvement is primarily due to the diaphragm, it is also variable, as in S9 / S9 + (nothing like this in models of other manufacturers has not appeared, it is difficult to do it), increased light intensity. Draw feedback from several photos that were made, we will not, but it seemed that optical stabilization is clearly progressed. Also, there are changes in the video quality. It is possible that they will add a smooth flow of streaming video, some professional tricks that we’ve already seen in the HTC U12 +.
To bring something different, completely reworked S Pen, adding support for Bluetooth. True, everything new is a well-forgotten old, in 2012 for notebooks of the Note series there was already such a pen, it could act as a wireless headset. Here they added work modes, some of them are very curious and we have never met. For a business audience, this will be interesting, including unlocking the device with a stylus (exactly how, guess yourself, but not in the simpler way).
The S Pen and its new chips, a little bigger and better screen, more internal memory and a number of services that will be available initially on this device. Noticeable improvements in the camera are also in the makeweight.
These are all the rumors we’ve come across so far about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more.
In the meantime, share your thoughts on Samsung’s upcoming smartphone with us. Will it outsell the Galaxy Note 8? Let us know in the comments!