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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – Possible Features and An Earlier Launch

The Galaxy Note 9 will be launched later this year and is expected to showcase the latest updates in the AI. It is rumored to have a greater update than the Galaxy Note 8 and a slightly bigger size than the Galaxy S9 Plus or Galaxy 9. However, it is not known if it is limited to any particular market.

Release date

The unofficial launch date is August 30th, 2018 but it could be released even earlier if everything goes right. Maybe it will follow the same path as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 which had been announced on August 23rd, 2017 and shipped to stores only a month later. However, it seems that Samsung trademarked the Galaxy Note 9 in mid-March 2018, possibly having an official release date.

There are many sources which provide different information. According to The Investor, it was mentioned in an article that Samsung might showcase the new smartphone earlier. Moreover, Samsung might have planned to have a Galaxy Note 9 prototype ready in the first quarter of 2018.

Another suspicious rumor is that the company has started to test the firmware for Galaxy Note 9 earlier than with past smartphones. So, there is much controversy regarding the release date.

Price

The competition on the market is fuelled by its competitor Apple with its high price for iPhone X. So, Samsung may choose an expensive price for the Galaxy Note 9 in order to keep a good pace. As an example, the Galaxy Note 8 retailed for $929. Moreover, the S9 and S9 Plus increased in price in most countries.

Specifications

Storage

Ice Universe has been the Galaxy Note 9’s biggest critic and has recently posted on Twitter a rumor about its storage. The Galaxy Note 9 might offer a micro SD slot compatible with up to 512 GB and 8 GB RAM. But there have been other rumors revealing 64/128/256GB storage options and 6 GB RAM for the upcoming Note series, similar to the Galaxy Note 8. If these features are implemented, it will be the first mass-market with 1 TB storage. According to the specifications on Gadgetsnow, the internal memory is 64 GB and it is expandable up to 2 TB.

Performance

The Galaxy Note 9 will come in two versions  –  one with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and one with Exynos 9810 – depending on the market. MobielKopen has found a Geekbench Android Benchmark Chart with single- and multi-core tests for the Exynos-powered Samsung SM-N960N, revealing that the Snapdragon 845 is inferior to the Exynos 9810.

Exynos recorded a single-core of 2737 and a multi-core of 9064 and Snapdragon had 2411 and 8712. So, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will have an Exynos 9 Octa 8895 chipset and an Octa-core (2.3 GHz, Quad core, M2 Mongoose + 1.6 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53). However, such differences might not be noticeable on daily basis. According to the specifications on Gadgetsnow, it has 6 GB RAM and an architecture of 64-bit.

Display

It comes with a 6.0″/15.24 cm Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 2048 resolution and 386 ppi pixel density. The smartphone’s screen will be protected by Corning Gorilla Glass v5 and have multi-touch, capacitive screen. However, according to Android Authority, the resolution might be 2960 x 1440.

One of the biggest rumored features is the in-display fingerprint scanner. Samsung will likely implement it on the bottom half of the display, using light-emitting options to brighten the zone. It seemed that the company wanted to implement this technology on Samsung Galaxy 8, S8 and S9. However, it is still uncertain if they finally do it with the Galaxy Note 9.

Even if the Galaxy Note 9 won’t have the in-display fingerprint scanner, the S10 will likely include it. Beside this sensor, the smartphone comes with compass, accelerometer, light and proximity sensor.

It will also have facial recognition, an AR emoji, iris scanner and even an upgraded S-Pen stylus.

Design

The Galaxy Note 9 is possible to have an all-screen front without any bezel or notch. The company wants to create tiny holes in the display for the iris scanner, front camera, earpiece and other features, large enough to work properly and small enough not to bother the user.

Camera

Regarding imaging, it has an 8 MP front camera with dual LED flash with a resolution of 4616 x 3464 pixels. The camera characteristics include ISO control, exposure compensation, touch to focus, phase detection autofocus, auto flash, face detection and digital zoom. Regarding video, it comes with 3840×2160 @ 30 fps, 1920×1080 @ 60 fps, 1280×720 @ 120 fps options.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is powered with a Li-Polymer 3500 mAh battery which charges via micro USB.

Operating system and SIM

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 runs on Android v7.1.1 (Nougat) and has both GSM and single SIM of nano size. However, according to Android Authority, the software might be Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience. The Galaxy Note 9 will also have the latest update of the familiar artificial intelligence assistant, Bixby 2.0.

Network

The options available are 4G which supports Indian bands, 3G and 2G.

Multimedia

The audio jack has 3.5 mm and the smartphone includes a loudspeaker. It may even come with a free pair of AKG headphones like the Galaxy Note 8 had offered.

It seems that there are many various contradictions regarding the Galaxy Note 9’s features but one thing is certain. Samsung fans are waiting for it!

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