Galaxy Note 9: Here’s all we know so far
Samsung’s next flagship phone is right around the corner – in fact, it will be officially announced within a few hours at the time of writing, at the 9th August Unpacked event – and, as usual, all eyes are set on what new features or upgrade of power will the technological powerhouse brand’s newest fleet leader will bring to the table.
Unsurprisingly, the Note 9’s information is all making all the bouts way before the device’s official announcement, with rumors, leaks, and “internal materials” leaked left and right. Things are starting to get hyped up, and we now have a much clearer picture of the whats, whens, whys, and hows of the Korean giant’s flagship.
With the mobile phone release being so close, the rumors and leaks are getting out of hand and literally every few hours, we will see new claims from anonymous sources about the phone, and it is quite confusing and daunting to filter out all the noise. So we have sorted through all the fine bits and compiled a list of all the stuff you don’t want to miss about the Note 9, as the Notes have a good record of bringing interesting new gimmicks and features every year around this time.
Without further ado, lets get it started!
Galaxy Note 9 will go official on 9th August, Malaysia reveal set on 15th
Samsung has kept the tradition of the Note of releasing it around the August-September timeframe, and this time is no different. the Galaxy Unpacked event, which will be held on the 9th of August, 11PM Malaysian time at the Barclays Center in New York, will see the Note 9 getting revealed live across various platforms and website.
To our relief, Samsung is again taking good care of Malaysia, in the way that Malaysia is actually getting the device reveal locally too very soon after the global announcement in New York. If you are interested in getting first hand info of a local release or preorder, make sure to mark 15th August on your calendar.
Compared to previous Notes, the Note 9 is considered “early” in its reveal time, and is expected to ship even earlier too in order to avoid going head to head with the new iPhone release, which is expected in the September.
For the convenience of interested fans and users, Samsung have made it easy this time round for people to catch the livestream, just visit Samsung.com when the event starts.
The Galaxy Note 9 will retain its signature look, with minor improvement tweaks
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 should get some big updates over the Galaxy Note8, though as far as design goes don’t expect too much change from the phablet it’s replacing.
From the promotional video leaked in a blunder by Samsung, we can see how much – or how little – the device’s appearance have changed. And from another render leak, we can see exactly what the back would look like. Expect the phone’s fingerprint sensor, which have a horrible placement on a Note8, and improved-but-not-perfect placement on the S9, to finally be set on a spot they should have been: right below the camera and sensor array.
The front side of the Note 9 on the other hand, is expected to look similar, even close to identical to the Note8. No notch, curved sides, and slim uniform bezels on top and bottom.
The dimensions of the Galaxy Note 9 have also been leaked, with the phone apparently coming in at 161.9 x 76.3 x 8.8mm (or perhaps 162 x 76.4 x 8.8mm), making it slightly shorter but marginally wider and thicker than the 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm Galaxy Note 8.
Galaxy Note 9 Specs is similar to the S9+ in many ways
Where specs are concerned, we are basically looking at a Galaxy S9+ in a slightly bigger package that’s still IP68 dust and water-resistant. The Galaxy Note 9 will feature a beautiful 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2960 resolution. US and China Note 9s will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset while Malaysia and the rest of the world gets Samsung’s Exynos 9810 processor. Leaked benchmarks suggest that Samsung has made additional optimizations since it released the Galaxy S9, and the Note 9 is actually a bit more powerful despite having the same chips and the same 6GB of RAM with the base model.
The device will come in 5 “new” colours: Black, Silver, Lilac Purple, Brown, and Coral Blue.
Speaking of RAM and storage, the phone is expected to come in 3 variants: 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, 8GB with 256GB, and 8GB and 512GB.
The new, Bluetooth-integrated S Pen is the star of the show
If the official posters and teaser images tell us anything about the phablet, it is the fact that this year, Samsung will be dedicating a major part of their efforts in innovating and perfecting their S pen. According to previous reports and leaks, the new S pen will be powered by Bluetooth, enabling a smorgasbord of possibilities, such as using the S pen as a shutter button, media control, as button shortcuts and more. We are curious to find out what can Samsung bring to the table with this new integration.
The battery life on the S pen is expected to last quite a while as well, thanks to the rapid development of the wireless technology over the past few years, especially the Bluetooth Low Energy tech.
Galaxy Note 9 camera(s) will be an improvement over the Note8
The dual cameras expected to be found on the back of the Galaxy Note 9 will be the same pair as the S9+, 12MP+12MP cameras. The main camera will sport a f1.5-f2.4 variable aperture, as well as OIS. Secondary camera is one with an 2X optical zoom, and is also optically stabilised. We expect Samsung to improve camera software to further improve image quality on the Note 9 compared to the S9+ and also add a few nifty features along the way to make the phone more compelling. Rumor also suggests that more AI features will be added, and the Slow Motion mode time limitation will be stretched two fold. Around front, the Note 9 will also have the same 8-megapixel selfie camera we saw on the Galaxy S9 and S9+.
All of these lead us to believe that the camera performance and usefulness will see a substantial improvement over the already excellent Note8, and we are looking forward to giving it a spin.
Galaxy Note 9 battery will see a huge step forward
Battery is the area where the Note 9 will have a major improvement over its predecessor, as it will be powered by a whooping 4000mAH battery, largest we have seen on a Galaxy Note device, and 700mAH more than the Note8’s pathetic 3300mAH. Furthermore, we believe the engineers at Samsung will have some tricks up their sleeves in further optimizing the battery usage, and pairing it with more energy efficient chipsets, we expect the Note 9 will regain a lot of lost ground in the battery department.
Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be priced similarly to the Note8 (update: starting from RM3,699)
According to various leaks across the globe, the device’s price seems to follow closely to its predecessor. In the UK, the Note 9 is rumored to cost 899 pounds, while the note8 is launched at 869 pounds.
On our shore, we have new information from a leaked Chinese promotional material suggesting that the base model will cost RM3,699, while the 8/512GB version will cost RM4,599. Both prices are slightly lower than previous note8, and also from previous Lazada leak suggesting that the 512GB version will cost RM5,099.
Customers who preorder the Galaxy Note 9 in Malaysia will receive a free Gear Sport, and more
In a breaking leaktoday, an image of local promotional materials has revealed that Malaysian customers who preorder the base model 6GB/128GB Note 9 will receive a free Gear Sport Watch worth Rm1,219, while those who preorder the 8GB/512GB version will receive a Gear Sport plus a Gear Sport charge pad, and also Samsung’s fast wireless charger, each worth RM93 and RM219 respectively.
Galaxy Note 9 partners with Epic Games’ Fornite on mobile
This year, we will see an interesting collaboration between Samsung and Epic Games in bringing their current world no.1 game Fornite to Android. The phablet will have a timed exclusive of 30 days before the game is released to other Android devices in September via Epic Games own store.
Conclusion and other titbits
Besides all these major changes and information, other standard Samsung features are expected to present in this flagship. the Samsung Experience skin, Bixby and Bixby button, Samsung KNOX, Iris scanner, 3.5mm audio jack, USB-C with quick charging etc. will all stay. DeX will see a notable improvement as well as it now only requires a cable to function, skipping the pricey and inconvenient DeX Dock Station altogether.
And there we have it, folks. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9. We hope you find this information useful, and remember to stick around for the report on the imminent official announcement of the Galaxy Note 9 release.