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

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

    The Galaxy Observe, which is designated by its trademark digital stylus, represents the end result of Samsung’s expertise for the yr. The Observe is often the cellphone that Samsung saves its finest expertise for, with a view 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 Observe 9 have an underscreen fingerprint reader or will not it?! — however what is for certain is that the Galaxy Observe 9 might want to progress past the already glorious Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus if it may. 

    The juiciest rumor by far factors straight on the Observe’s signature element, the factor that makes it completely 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 expertise that transcend writing, drawing and navigation.

    Maintain studying for my ideas, plus the perfect rumors which are constructing forward of the official Observe 9 launch. Test again usually! This record updates as high quality new rumors emerge.

    Learn: Six things the Galaxy Note 9 should have

    Editor’s be aware: This text was initially printed June 13 and updates often.

    Is that this the Galaxy Observe 9 with a yellow S-Pen stylus?

    Earlier this week, the at all times prolific, largely correct leaker, Evan Blass tweeted a pic of what’s supposedly the Samsung Galaxy Observe 9. Back and front! 

    Past the anticipated twin digicam array and rear-mounted fingerprint reader, of be aware (heh) is the S-Pen stylus. It is yellow, which really contrasts properly with the blue physique of the cellphone within the pic. And is sensible given the invite pic used for Samsung’s upcoming August 9 Unpacked event.

    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 might say there is a 99.99 p.c likelihood that the system in query would be the Observe 9 that launches Aug. 9. Good symmetry, eh? 

    9/9 at 9 a.m. would have been even higher, however with the iPhone launch usually across the identical date in September, taking part in hen with Apple is dangerous enterprise. Samsung would not dare put itself ready to lose that reputation contest. Usually, Samsung likes its Observe telephones to go on preorder properly earlier than Apple even broadcasts 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 Observe launch, which often occurs on the finish of the month reasonably than the start. Final yr’s Observe eight was introduced Aug. 23. However, there’s some precedent for an early unveiling. The Observe 7 unveiling passed off Aug. 2, 2016. Critics pointed fingers on the rush job as one motive that Note 7 units literally burst into flames.

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

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

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    It can nearly certainly be known as the Galaxy Observe 9

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

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

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

    Observe 9’s S Pen would possibly enable you take photographs and management music 

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

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

    I might be joyful 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 simple to unintentionally set off. As a result of that really could be annoying.

    The Observe 9 might flip its twin cameras on their aspect

    Twin cameras on the Observe 9 are just about a certain wager. The Observe eight was Samsung’s first cellphone so as to add portrait mode, and the Galaxy S9 Plus has the setup, too. Samsung’s transferring ahead right here, not backwards.

    A picture from OnLeaks and @91Mobiles exhibits a Galaxy Observe 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 under.)


    Facet-by-side rear cameras on this Galaxy Observe 9 render.


    Will the Observe 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 design offers you a “bigger” display to work with by extending the perimeters of the display up across the cut-out the place the digicam lens, speaker and different sensors dwell.

    However there’s an especially excessive likelihood that Samsung will hold the Observe 9 notch-free and as a substitute use the Observe as a strategy to mock the iPhone X and different notched Android telephones.

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

    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 cut-out.

    It’s going to most likely have a headphone jack

    The Galaxy Observe and Galaxy S telephones have been secure thus far, and Samsung execs have publicly acknowledged that they are pleased with the headphone jack. Samsung additionally usually 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 Observe 9 might are available black, gray, lavender (much 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. 

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


    New Galaxy Observe 9 colours? We’ll see.

    The Observe 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 Observe 9 would have a fingerprint reader baked into the show, very like the Vivo X20 Plus UD (worst cellphone 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 reader (now reportedly an ultrasonic fingerprint reader for the Galaxy S10. That will be a disgrace, for the reason that Observe sequence usually leads the way in which 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 every day use. Finally, having this characteristic work properly 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 digicam. The prolific Ice Universe tweeted that the Observe 9 and Observe 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. Understand that 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 great choice, and one that may overwrite the Observe eight’s most annoying and unnecessary design flaw.

    Will the Observe 9 have a foldable show? Not bloody doubtless

    The opposite characteristic assured to place the Observe 9 up in lights can be the least doubtless by far.

    We all know that Samsung’s engaged on a foldable cellphone, and has gone far sufficient to use for a patent on a number of design situations. I might be shocked speechless if that had been to really occur (for the document, rumors recommend we cannot see a foldable cellphone from Samsung till 2019).

    In a nutshell, it is not Samsung’s fashion to take such an enormous threat on its Observe cellphone. The tech big is much extra prone to launch a separate foldable cellphone to check the waters and collect suggestions for understanding kinks.

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

    Galaxy Observe 9 might mimic the Observe eight

    So what might the Observe 9 appear like? The Observe eight. Hypothesis factors to a Galaxy Observe replace that is acquired comparable dimensions and design to final yr’s mannequin, however once more, with a fingerprint reader that sits under the twin digicam array, not off to the aspect because it does within the Observe eight.

    A doable render of the Galaxy Observe 9 shared by cellular tipster Ice Universe means that the Observe eight and Observe 9 are just about indistinguishable, including that the brand new Observe 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 implies its presence is a foregone conclusion even when the pinnacle of Samsung Analysis’s AI Middle hadn’t stated we might see an upgraded version on the following flagship cellphone, whether or not you wind up disabling Bixby or not.

    Bixby might decide 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 units, much like the way in which that Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa AI sidekicks push into the house by way of good audio system and different units.

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    I might count on to see the Bixby button return to the left aspect of the Galaxy Observe 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 it will occur.

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    What a couple of Samsung model of Apple’s FaceID?

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

    Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 PlusSamsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

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

    Sarah Tew/CNET

    The Galaxy S8 telephones and newer offer you a number of choices for unlocking your cellphone along with your face, however solely one in every of them, iris scanning, is safe sufficient for cellular funds. That is a fairly good bar as this stuff go.

    Iris scanning harnesses a unique expertise than Apple’s FaceID, which makes use of a 3D front-facing digicam 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 Observe 9 represents a possibility for Samsung to pop in a 3D digicam, too, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that I count on 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 digicam, however after shedding a  lawsuit and being forced to pay Apple $539 million for patent infringements, I am unable to blame Samsung for desirous 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, by way of its AR Emoji characteristic within the Galaxy S9 digicam. However the unsettling pictures creeped us out and Apple’s new Memoji avatars in iOS 12 are already higher at some essential 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 Observe 9 will get a 3D digicam, which might give Samsung’s emoji-creating engine extra information to seize on to when it scans your face to make your avatar.

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    The Observe 9 will not launch with Android P

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

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

    Observe 9 digicam want record

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


    The Galaxy Observe 9 digicam might look lots just like the Galaxy S9’s shooter.

    Josh Miller/CNET

    The aperture helps decide how a lot gentle your photograph will get, and customarily talking, the extra gentle you get in, the higher. A twin aperture front-facing digicam might assist routinely make selfies brighter, even and not using a flash blinding your eyes.

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

    Samsung plans to improve the Observe 9’s digicam, according to Bloomberg.

    Observe 9 worth: How a lot will the following Galaxy price?

    Galaxy Observe eight and Observe 7 costs

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

    Telephones do not get cheaper. Actually, the Galaxy Observe eight price considerably greater than the Galaxy Observe 7 in some markets.

    We will count on the Galaxy Observe 9 to hover in the identical ballpark because the Galaxy Observe eight, although costs might creep upwards on account of the dual-aperture digicam.

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    Perla Shaheen contributed to this report.

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