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

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

    The Galaxy Word, which is designated by its trademark digital stylus, represents the end result of Samsung’s expertise for the 12 months. The Word is normally the cellphone that Samsung saves its finest expertise for, with a purpose to battle the iPhone and Pixels, and thrust in entrance of patrons when the vacations roll round.

    Rumors are nonetheless a jumble at this level — will the Word 9 have an underscreen fingerprint reader or will not it?! — however what is definite is that the Galaxy Word 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 Word’s signature element, the factor that makes it totally different and extra highly effective than any Galaxy S cellphone: the S Pen stylus. One leaker claims that theNote 9’s S Pen goes to lastly be taught some abilities that transcend writing, drawing and navigation.

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

    Learn: Six things the Galaxy Note 9 should have

    Editor’s observe: This text was initially printed June 13 and updates ceaselessly.

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

    The rumors have been spot on. Samsung’s “Unpacked” launch event will take place on Aug. 9 in Brooklyn. I might say there is a 99.99 % likelihood that the machine in query would be the Word 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 identical date in September, taking part in hen with Apple is dangerous enterprise. Samsung would not dare put itself able to lose that recognition contest. Sometimes, Samsung likes its Word 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 Word launch, which normally occurs on the finish of the month quite than the start. Final 12 months’s Word eight was introduced Aug. 23. However, there’s some precedent for an early unveiling. The Word 7 unveiling came about Aug. 2, 2016. Critics pointed fingers on the rush job as one purpose that Note 7 units literally burst into flames.

    We’ll strive not to attract too many parallels in regards to the early Word 9 launch.

    Sadly, the invitation does not present a heck of plenty of clues about what we’ll see contained in the cellphone. It focuses on a button, rendered in a yellowy gold colour. This could possibly be a button on the facet of the cellphone, or it might present a close-up of the S Pen stylus itself. Mysterious, certainly…

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    It can virtually certainly be known as the Galaxy Word 9

    That the Word 9 might be known as the Word 9 is not essentially a given.

    Simply because the final cellphone on this sequence was the Word eight and the one earlier than was the Galaxy Note 7 does not imply Samsung would not skip a quantity to rename its cellphone. Samsung did skip 2016’s Galaxy Word 6 in favor of the Word 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 Word 9’s mannequin quantity is SM-N960U and its inside title is Crown.

    Word 9’s S Pen would possibly assist you to take pictures and management music 

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

    In line with Twitter leaker Ice Universe, the Word 9’s S Pen might be a Bluetooth-connected machine that can be capable of function a distant management for different features that don’t have anything to do with writing. For instance, possibly you’d be capable of click on the pen to take a photograph when your cellphone’s on a tripod, or advance your musical monitor. 

    I might be blissful 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 by accident set off. As a result of that really could be annoying.

    The Word 9 might flip its twin cameras on their facet

    Twin cameras on the Word 9 are just about a positive wager. The Word eight was Samsung’s first cellphone 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 reveals a Galaxy Word 9 with side-by-side cameras as a substitute of a vertical stack as we see on the S9 Plus. (For extra on cameras, scroll to the want record beneath.)


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


    Will the Word 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 an especially excessive likelihood that Samsung will preserve the Word 9 notch-free and as a substitute use the Word as a option 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 typically.

    That stated, a patent utility 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 a substitute of a display screen cut-out.

    It’s going to in all probability have a headphone jack

    The Galaxy Word and Galaxy S telephones have been protected up to now, and Samsung execs have publicly said that they are happy 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 these 5 colours

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

    Primarily based on previous Galaxy telephones, I feel it is a fairly good guess that the Word 9 will preserve the shiny end Samsung appears to savor, one that may alter the cellphone’s colour once you flip it within the mild.


    New Galaxy Word 9 colours? We’ll see.

    The Word 9’s rumored in-screen fingerprint reader is not trying good

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

    I actually, really need this to occur.

    Nonetheless, the present phrase is that Samsung’s pulled the function for now, and can save the in-screen fingerprint reader (now reportedly an ultrasonic fingerprint reader for the Galaxy S10. That might be a disgrace, for the reason that Word sequence 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 function work effectively is healthier than being among the many first.

    As an alternative, a fingerprint reader on the again

    Rumors again up the bodily fingerprint sensor residing beneath the digital camera. The prolific Ice Universe tweeted that the Word 9 and Word eight will look almost indistinguishable, and likewise posted a leaked case that’ll allegedly fit the Galaxy Note 9 that incorporates a cut-out for an oblong fingerprint reader, Samsung’s most well-liked form. Needless to say a case maker might simply create renders based mostly on rumors and hypothesis; this is not essentially the actual deal.

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

    Will the Word 9 have a foldable show? Not bloody probably

    The opposite function assured to place the Word 9 up in lights can be the least probably by far.

    We all know that Samsung’s engaged on a foldable cellphone, and has gone far sufficient to use for a patent on just a few design situations. I might be surprised speechless if that have been to truly occur (for the report, rumors recommend we can’t see a foldable cellphone from Samsung till 2019).

    In a nutshell, it is not Samsung’s model to take such an enormous threat on its Word cellphone. The tech large is way extra prone to launch a separate foldable cellphone to check the waters and collect suggestions for figuring out kinks.

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

    Galaxy Word 9 might mimic the Word eight

    So what might the Word 9 seem like? The Word eight. Hypothesis factors to a Galaxy Word replace that is acquired comparable dimensions and design to final 12 months’s mannequin, however once more, with a fingerprint reader that sits beneath the twin digital camera array, not off to the facet because it does within the Word eight.

    A attainable render of the Galaxy Word 9 shared by cellular tipster Ice Universe means that the Word eight and Word 9 are nearly indistinguishable, including that the brand new Word could possibly 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 suggests its presence is a foregone conclusion even when the top of Samsung Analysis’s AI Heart hadn’t stated we would see an upgraded version on the subsequent flagship cellphone, whether or not you wind up disabling Bixby or not.

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

    Keep in mind that Bixby 2.0, the present model, is not only for Samsung telephones. That is Samsung’s imaginative and prescient for its whole ecosystem of units, just 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 units.

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    I might anticipate to see the Bixby button return to the left facet of the Galaxy Word 9, and I might be overjoyed if Samsung allow you to program this key to do one thing apart 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 Word 9 will launch, it will have been virtually a 12 months for the reason that iPhone X debuted with FaceID, and nonetheless no direct competitor to problem Apple’s safe stage of face unlock. The Word 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 cellphone along with your face, however solely one among them, iris scanning, is safe sufficient for cellular funds. That is a reasonably good bar as this stuff go.

    Iris scanning harnesses a special expertise than Apple’s FaceID, which makes use of a 3D front-facing digital camera and 50,00zero 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 Word 9 represents a possibility 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 wish to use a 3D digital camera, however after dropping 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 function within the Galaxy S9 digital camera. However the unsettling photos 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 Word 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 Word 9 will not launch with Android P

    Sorry, nevertheless it’s a given. Google’s Android P software replace does not even have  a reputation but — it will turn into Android Popsicle or Pudding or one thing by the point it arrives on its first cellphone later this 12 months, most definitely in fall across the time that the Google Pixel 3‘s introduced.

    However the Galaxy Word 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 identified for significantly well timed Android updates.

    Word 9 digital camera want record

    Samsung’s industry-first dual-aperture lens on the Galaxy S9 will certainly come to the Word 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 Word 9 digital camera might look loads just like the Galaxy S9’s shooter.

    Josh Miller/CNET

    The aperture helps decide how a lot mild your picture will get, and customarily talking, the extra mild you get in, the higher. A twin aperture front-facing digital camera might assist mechanically make selfies brighter, even with no flash blinding your eyes.

    Hopefully Samsung may also 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 Word 9’s digital camera, according to Bloomberg.

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

    Galaxy Word eight and Word 7 costs

    Galaxy Word eight Galaxy Word 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 Word eight price considerably greater than the Galaxy Word 7 in some markets.

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

    Different rumored Galaxy Word 9 specs

    Perla Shaheen contributed to this report.

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