Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to sport a 6.4-inch display – Leaked
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could arrive earlier than usual, either by July or late August.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has been rumoured to launch earlier than usual this year. Corroborating that rumour, a post by a on Wiebo has listed down the hardware specifications of the productivity-centric flagship from Samsung. Earlier reports have indicated the Note 9 could come out as early as July or August.
As per the post, the Galaxy Note 9 will be powered by the same chipsets that are on the Galaxy S9 phones — Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in some regions and Exynos 9810 in global markets. The post also suggests it could sport a larger 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display of the same 18.5:9 resolution That’s just 0.2-inch larger than the Galaxy S9+, which will act as a differentiating factor between the two flagships.
While the above rumours are somewhat expected, the battery capacity on the Galaxy Note 9, as per the post, seems adventurous. The Note 9 is expected to come with a 4,000mAh battery, a big jump from the 3,300mAh capacity on the Galaxy Note 8 from last year. We say adventurous because the last time Samsung powered a Note device with a high-capacity battery, it started exploding the world over and had to be recalled at a global scale.
Note 9 in-screen fingerprint sensor
The biggest Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumor relates to its fingerprint scanner, which could be built directly into the screen. It’s the long-awaited feature we’re still waiting to see in a mainstream smartphone, and not in demo form or just in China.
A recent rumor suggests Samsung is testing multiple in-screen solutions and will probably use one of them, a move which could also apparently allow room for a larger battery in the Note 9.
That tallies with a source who’s said the Note 9 will have both an in-screen scanner and a big 3,850mAh battery.
However, a slightly earlier rumor points to the in-screen fingerprint sensor skipping the note 9, just like it did on the S9 and S9 Plus, Note 8 and S9 and S9 Plus before. There’s reason to believe it’ll show up on the Galaxy X (Galaxy 10 next year, however).
Both Samsung and Apple have been rumored to be working on this but failed to achieve it in time for their most recent handsets, pushing Samsung to move the scanner to a sub-optimal position on the back of the Samsung Galaxy 8 and Note 8, while Apple ditched it altogether from the iPhone X.
There’s hopeful news on the subject in the form of a Samsung Patent, showing a handset with a scanner built into the screen. Supposedly it would digitally show where users need to place their finger, and could potentially provide vibrations as feedback. Vivo has demonstrated exactly this tech in a phone this year.
Other Note 9 leaks and rumors
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has also seemingly been benchmarked with predictably high scores, revealing in the process that it has a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM and runs Android 8.1 – the same specs in other words as the US version of the Galaxy S9 Plus.
In more unlikely news, there’s a chance that Samsung will go even further than an in-screen scanner with the Note 9, as it’s patented a smartphone concept that has not just the fingerprint scanner but also the front-facing camera and sensors embedded in the display, for a truly bezel-free design. This might be too ambitious for a 2018 launch though.
What we want to see
There are only a few Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors so far, but we have a good idea of the sorts of things we want to see from it, such as the following.
1. An in-screen scanner
This has been rumored and it would be a great headline feature for the phone. Having the scanner on the back is awkward, but building it into the screen would both be convenient and the sort of high-tech, futuristic thing that could see the Galaxy Note 9 stand out among other handsets.
We’re pretty sure Samsung is working on it, it’s just a question of whether it’s ready in time for the Note 9’s 2018 launch.
2. Room-filling sound
There are plenty of great things about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but its speakers aren’t among them.
It has just a single bottom-firing speaker, so for the Note 9 we want at least two speakers, and ideally for them to be positioned on the front of the phone, for sound that travels towards you when you’re looking at the screen.
Given how large the Note 9 is likely to be though, it could maybe even manage four speakers, for truly big sound.
3. Better Bixby
Bixby is one of the key new features of this year’s crop of Samsung flagships, but in its current form it leaves something to be desired, especially when it comes to understanding what you’re saying.
By the time of the Note 8’s launch we want it to be a true Google Assistant and Siri rival.
But however good it ends up being we also want to be able to remap the inevitable Bixby button, because not everyone is going to want to use it.
4. Two-day battery life
Even less or More
The front of the Galaxy Note 8 is almost all screen, but there’s still a sliver of bezel at the top and bottom.
We’d like to see Samsung reduce or remove that for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, perhaps along the lines of the Essential Phone or the iPhone X. Doing so would allow what’s always going to be a very big phone to be a bit more manageable, without having to shrink the screen.