Galaxy Note 9 Aug. 9 launch date, price, specs, features and other rumors

    Now that we all know the Galaxy Notice 9 has an official Aug. 9 launch date: Aug. 9, we will actually dig into the rumors of how Samsung’s subsequent huge telephone might wow us …or disappoint. Let the true hypothesis can start.

    The Galaxy Notice, which is designated by its trademark digital stylus, represents the end result of Samsung’s expertise for the 12 months. The Notice is normally the telephone that Samsung normally saves as its “greatest for final” to battle the iPhone and Pixels, and thrust in entrance of consumers when the vacations roll round.

    Rumors are nonetheless a jumble at this level — will the Notice 9 have an underscreen fingerprint reader or will not it?! — however what is for certain is that the Galaxy Notice 9 might want to progress past the already glorious Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus if it is going to. 

    The juiciest rumor by far factors straight on the Notice’s signature element, the factor that makes it totally different and extra highly effective than any Galaxy S telephone: the S Pen stylus. One leaker claims that theNote 9’s S Pen goes to lastly study some expertise that transcend writing, drawing and navigation.

    Preserve studying for my ideas, plus one of the best rumors which are constructing forward of the official Notice 9 launch. Test again typically! This listing updates as high quality new rumors emerge.

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    Editor’s notice: This text was initially printed June 13 and updates continuously.

    Confirmed: Samsung’s announcement is about for Aug. 9 

    The rumors had been spot on. Samsung’s “Unpacked” launch event will take place on Aug. 9 in Brooklyn. I would say there is a 99.99 % likelihood that the system in query would be the Notice 9 that launches Aug. 9. Good symmetry, eh? 

    9/9 at 9 a.m. would have been even higher, however with the iPhone launch sometimes across the similar date in September, enjoying hen with Apple is dangerous enterprise. Samsung would not dare put itself able to lose that reputation contest. Usually, Samsung likes its Notice telephones to go on preorder effectively earlier than Apple even proclaims its subsequent spherical of iPhones.

    Samsung’s official invitation to the Unpacked occasion on August 9.

    Juan Garzón/CNET

    Aug. 9 is early for a Notice launch, which normally occurs on the finish of the month somewhat than the start. Final 12 months’s Notice eight was introduced Aug. 23. However, there may be some precedent for an early unveiling. The Notice 7 unveiling occurred Aug. 2, 2016. Critics pointed fingers on the rush job as one cause that Note 7 units literally burst into flames.

    We’ll strive not to attract too many parallels concerning the early Notice 9 launch.

    Sadly, the invitation would not present a heck of plenty of clues about what we’ll see contained in the telephone. It focuses on a button, rendered in a yellowy gold coloration. This may very well be a button on the aspect of the telephone, or it might present a close-up of the S Pen stylus itself. Mysterious, certainly…

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    It’s going to nearly absolutely be referred to as the Galaxy Notice 9

    That the Notice 9 will probably be referred to as the Notice 9 is not essentially a given.

    Simply because the final telephone on this collection was the Notice eight and the one earlier than was the Galaxy Note 7 doesn’t suggest Samsung would not skip a quantity to rename its telephone. Samsung did skip 2016’s Galaxy Notice 6 in favor of the Notice 7 title; some suspected it was to match up numerically to the iPhone 7.

    However one indication that Samsung’s sticking with the traditional development comes from frequent gadget leaker Evan Blass, who tweeted that the Notice 9’s mannequin quantity is SM-N960U and its inside title is Crown.

    Notice 9’s S Pen would possibly allow you to take images and management music 

    The Galaxy Notice’s built-in stylus attracts and writes with four,zero96 ranges of strain sensitivity. It additionally helps preserve your display screen clear by navigating you round. The S Pen is already a sensible pen that is rumored to get smarter with the Notice 9, however not simply because it is a pen.

    In line with Twitter leaker Ice Universe, the Notice 9’s S Pen will probably be a Bluetooth-connected system that can have the ability to function a distant management for different features that don’t have anything to do with writing. For instance, perhaps you’d have the ability to click on the pen to take a photograph when your telephone’s on a tripod, or advance your musical observe. 

    I would be glad if Samsung made the highest of the S Pen pressure-sensitive sufficient to erase errors, such as you would with an analog pencil. (Cue the “again in my day” diatribe.)

    No matter Samsung does with the S Pen, it is going to be important that the motion is not straightforward to unintentionally set off. As a result of that actually could be annoying.

    The Notice 9 might flip its twin cameras on their aspect

    Twin cameras on the Notice 9 are just about a positive guess. The Notice eight was Samsung’s first telephone so as to add portrait mode, and the Galaxy S9 Plus has the setup, too. Samsung’s shifting ahead right here, not backwards.

    A picture from OnLeaks and @91Mobiles exhibits a Galaxy Notice 9 with side-by-side cameras as an alternative of a vertical stack as we see on the S9 Plus. (For extra on cameras, scroll to the want listing under.)


    Aspect-by-side rear cameras on this Galaxy Notice 9 render.


    Will the Notice 9 have a notch? Doubt it

    Google has embraced the trend of Android notches, however that does not imply Samsung will. The cut-out display screen design offers you a “bigger” display screen to work with by extending the perimeters of the display screen up across the cut-out the place the digital camera lens, speaker and different sensors reside.

    However there’s a particularly excessive likelihood that Samsung will preserve the Notice 9 notch-free and as an alternative use the Notice as a method to mock the iPhone X and different notched Android telephones.

    In spite of everything, the notch was an necessary a part of a recent Samsung ad that slammed iPhone speed, and Apple’s flock usually.

    That mentioned, a patent software does exist for a Samsung phone with a notch design. Then once more, so does a notch-less one, with holes cut into the display as an alternative of a display screen cut-out.

    It’s going to most likely have a headphone jack

    The Galaxy Notice and Galaxy S telephones have been protected thus far, and Samsung execs have publicly acknowledged that they are pleased with the headphone jack. Samsung additionally sometimes ships its AKG wired earbuds together with the Galaxy telephones contained in the field.

    It might are available in these 5 colours

    One rumor from German website All About Samsung means that the Galaxy Notice 9 might are available in black, gray, lavender (much like the Galaxy S9’s “lilac purple”), vibrant blue and brown. A few of these shades might have iridescent qualities just like the Galaxy S9 telephones and different Samsung fashions. 

    Based mostly on previous Galaxy telephones, I feel it is a fairly good guess that the Notice 9 will preserve the shiny end Samsung appears to savor, one that may alter the telephone’s coloration whenever you flip it within the gentle.


    New Galaxy Notice 9 colours? We’ll see.

    The Notice 9’s rumored in-screen fingerprint reader is not wanting good

    Many rumors (like this one from Korea’s The Investor and this one from leak tweeter Ice Universe) counsel that the Galaxy Notice 9 would have a fingerprint reader baked into the show, very like the Vivo X20 Plus UD (worst telephone title ever) and the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS (wait, I take that again).

    I actually, actually need this to occur.

    Nevertheless, the present phrase is that Samsung’s pulled the characteristic for now, and can save the in-screen fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy S10. That will be a disgrace, for the reason that Notice collection sometimes leads the best way with Samsung’s new options.

    On the flipside, Samsung cannot afford the embarrassment of a mistake if the in-display sensor is not safe sufficient for dependable sufficient for day by day use. In the end, having this characteristic work effectively is healthier than being among the many first.

    As a substitute, a fingerprint reader on the again

    Rumors again up the bodily fingerprint sensor dwelling under the digital camera. The prolific Ice Universe tweeted that the Notice 9 and Notice eight will look almost indistinguishable, and likewise posted a leaked case that’ll allegedly fit the Galaxy Note 9 that includes a cut-out for an oblong fingerprint reader, Samsung’s most well-liked form. Take into account that a case maker might simply create renders primarily based on rumors and hypothesis; this is not essentially the true deal.

    Nonetheless, centralizing the fingerprint reader could be a superb resolution, and one that may overwrite the Notice eight’s most annoying and unnecessary design flaw.

    Will the Notice 9 have a foldable show? Not bloody possible

    The opposite characteristic assured to place the Notice 9 up in lights can also be the least possible by far.

    We all know that Samsung’s engaged on a foldable telephone, and has gone far sufficient to use for a patent on just a few design eventualities. I would be shocked speechless if that had been to truly occur (for the document, rumors counsel we can’t see a foldable telephone from Samsung till 2019).

    In a nutshell, it is not Samsung’s model to take such an enormous danger on its Notice telephone. The tech big is way extra more likely to launch a separate foldable telephone to check the waters and collect suggestions for figuring out kinks.

    Samsung has lengthy cited Galaxy Notice customers as amongst its most loyal, and any difficulty with a foldable Notice might completely alienate consumers who’ve already been burned by the Notice 7 fiasco.

    Galaxy Notice 9 might mimic the Notice eight

    So what might the Notice 9 appear to be? The Notice eight. Hypothesis factors to a Galaxy Notice replace that is received comparable dimensions and design to final 12 months’s mannequin, however once more, with a fingerprint reader that sits under the twin digital camera array, not off to the aspect because it does within the Notice eight.

    A attainable render of the Galaxy Notice 9 shared by cellular tipster Ice Universe means that the Notice eight and Notice 9 are nearly indistinguishable, including that the brand new Notice may very well be 2mm shorter than the Note 8.

    Bixby AI software program lives on

    Samsung’s Bixby software is now a fixture on the corporate’s excessive finish Galaxy telephones, which implies its presence is a foregone conclusion even when the pinnacle of Samsung Analysis’s AI Middle hadn’t mentioned we would see an upgraded version on the subsequent flagship telephone, whether or not you wind up disabling Bixby or not.

    Bixby might choose up higher natural-language processing, improved noise cancelling and sooner response occasions.

    Do not forget that Bixby 2.0, the present model, is not only for Samsung telephones. That is Samsung’s imaginative and prescient for its complete ecosystem of gadgets, much like the best way that Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa AI sidekicks push into the house via good audio system and different gadgets.

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    I would anticipate to see the Bixby button return to the left aspect of the Galaxy Notice 9, and I would be overjoyed if Samsung allow you to program this key to do one thing aside from open Bixby, although I significantly doubt this may occur.

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    What a few Samsung model of Apple’s FaceID?

    By the point we predict the Notice 9 will launch, it’s going to have been nearly a 12 months for the reason that iPhone X debuted with FaceID, and nonetheless no direct competitor to problem Apple’s safe degree of face unlock. The Notice 9 could be Samsung’s likelihood to reply.

    Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 PlusSamsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

    A depth-sensing front-facing digital camera might assist Galaxy telephones do extra.

    Sarah Tew/CNET

    The Galaxy S8 telephones and newer provide you with just a few choices for unlocking your telephone along with your face, however solely certainly one of them, iris scanning, is safe sufficient for cellular funds. That is a reasonably good bar as these items go.

    Iris scanning harnesses a distinct expertise than Apple’s FaceID, which makes use of a 3D front-facing digital camera and 50,000 infrared dots to map your face and confirm that you’re you. 

    From left to proper, iPhone Memoji, Samsung AR Emoji and Bitmoji avatars of CNET reporter Shara Tibken.

    Shara Tibken/CNET

    The Galaxy Notice 9 represents a chance for Samsung to pop in a 3D digital camera, too, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that I anticipate Samsung to make use of (the Galaxy S9 already does) helps Applelike expertise.

    There’s little doubt that Samsung and others will need to use a 3D digital camera, however after shedding a  lawsuit and being forced to pay Apple $539 million for patent infringements, I am unable to blame Samsung for eager to tread rigorously.

    Will Samsung repair AR Emoji to tackle Apple’s Memoji for iOS 12?

    Gawd, I hope so. Samsung made 3D avatars first, via its AR Emoji characteristic within the Galaxy S9 digital camera. However the unsettling pictures creeped us out and Apple’s new Memoji avatars in iOS 12 are already higher at some necessary issues.

    Samsung can work to repair AR Emoji in two methods. The primary is thru software program fixes that add extra customizations. The second is that if that Notice 9 will get a 3D digital camera, which might give Samsung’s emoji-creating engine extra knowledge to seize on to when it scans your face to make your avatar.

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    The Notice 9 will not launch with Android P

    Sorry, but it surely’s a given. Google’s Android P software replace would not even have  a reputation but — it’s going to grow to be Android Popsicle or Pudding or one thing by the point it arrives on its first telephone later this 12 months, more than likely in fall across the time that the Google Pixel 3‘s introduced.

    However the Galaxy Notice 9, and a heap of different Galaxy telephones, together with the S9 and S9 Plus, are positive to get the ultimate Android P software program within the following months. Sadly, Samsung is not recognized for significantly well timed Android updates.

    Notice 9 digital camera want listing

    Samsung’s industry-first dual-aperture lens on the Galaxy S9 will certainly come to the Notice 9 as effectively, however I feel the corporate might take the expertise a step additional by bringing dual-aperture to the front-facing digital camera as effectively.


    The Galaxy Notice 9 digital camera might look quite a bit just like the Galaxy S9’s shooter.

    Josh Miller/CNET

    The aperture helps decide how a lot gentle your picture will get, and usually talking, the extra gentle you get in, the higher. A twin aperture front-facing digital camera might assist routinely make selfies brighter, even with out a flash blinding your eyes.

    Hopefully Samsung can even repair the Galaxy S9’s digital camera app, which too simply switches between digital camera modes when you do not intend it to.

    Samsung plans to improve the Notice 9’s digital camera, according to Bloomberg.

    Notice 9 value: How a lot will the subsequent Galaxy price?

    Galaxy Notice eight and Notice 7 costs

    Galaxy Notice eight Galaxy Notice 7
    US AT&T: $950; Verizon: $960; T-Cell: $930; Dash: $960; US Mobile: $963 AT&T: $880; Verizon: $864; T-Cell: $849; Dash: $850; US Mobile: $834
    UK £869 £700
    AU AU$1,499 AU$1,349

    Telephones don’t get cheaper. Actually, the Galaxy Notice eight price considerably greater than the Galaxy Notice 7 in some markets.

    We are able to anticipate the Galaxy Notice 9 to hover in the identical ballpark because the Galaxy Notice eight, although costs might creep upwards on account of the dual-aperture digital camera.

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    Perla Shaheen contributed to this report.

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