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Without a doubt, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the next high-end handset that the prolific Samsung presses will launch in early August in another attempt to dominate the high-end Android market for the remainder of the year. And from what we’re hearing, the Note 9 shouldn’t disappoint.

Samsung has been riding the wave since the release of the Galaxy S8, and it looks like the Note 9 will be another successful chapter in its history. To be fair, the Note 9 wouldn’t be much different from the Note 8, but that’s not a big deal – after all, the Note 8 was already an exceptional device, and there was little Samsung could do to improve its sound. exceptional champion. .

It’s time to dive in and explore what the phone will be like. Of course, all of the information below is based on rumors and may not correspond to the truth.

Design

Unsurprisingly, we don’t expect Samsung to redesign the Note 9 in any major way. The Infinity Display design language that was introduced alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8 + in 2017 is as contemporary and fresh as it looks and doesn’t need to be redesigned at this point. Samsung was one of the first manufacturers to kickstart the trend of eyeglass breakage, and it did so without resorting to notches or other unorthodox solutions.

We’d bet a lot of money that the Note 9 will be as different from the Note 8 as the Galaxy S9 / S9 + was from the Galaxy S8 / S8 +: almost exact carbon copies with just a big change here and there to reflect Samsung’s advancements. in terms of devices. design. Here’s how the two might stack up against each other:

A slightly thinner chin at the bottom, as well as a slightly thinner top bezel are what we expect, but it remains to be seen if Samsung will make these changes. One aspect of the phone that would likely be redesigned is on the back – the fingerprint scanner is likely moved just below the camera sensor. In retrospect, the Galaxy Note 8 had it positioned on its side, which wasn’t very user-friendly, but seeing as Samsung revisited this with the Galaxy S9, it’s fair to say that the Note 9 will introduce such a change as well.

Of course, given the device’s high-profile role, tons of leaks can be expected, even official renderings. We recently got our hands on a slew of such images, which appear to show the upcoming Note 9 in its warm blue paint, dubbed Deep Sea Blue. This color scheme uses a deep, vibrant blue for the body of the phone itself and sleek gold for the S Pen, presumably. The wallpaper is also designed in blue and gold.

The leaked actual images of the device don’t look so sexy, but here they are anyway.

Display

A 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with an 18.5: 9 aspect ratio is rumored to appear on the Note 9. That’s what the rumor mill claims and it’s hard to dispute this. this time because the predictions seem so believable. A resolution of 2960×1440 pixels is once again extremely likely, and judging from our past experience with Samsung, the display will most certainly be another benchmark when it comes to color accuracy and overall quality. Samsung can certainly surprise us when it comes to the Note display. 9 is to launch an in-screen fingerprint scanner. We know for a fact that the technology is about to be released in prime time and it’s all about correcting the whims and being able to meet demand. Devices like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro Porsche Design, Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Vivo NEX and other exotic devices already have such fingerprint scanners, but it goes without saying that these devices are not common.

While everyone expects integrated fingerprint scanners to one day become the norm, it’s still too early to tell if the Note 9 will be the one carrying such a sensor. It’s more likely that next year’s Galaxy S10 will be the first mainstream Samsung phone to feature such an in-display fingerprint sensor, according to the rumor mill.

Camera

Doubtful that Samsung would introduce a much different camera setup than what we’ve seen on the Galaxy S9 +. The handset will most likely retain the dual-camera setup of its forerunner and the big Galaxy smartphone, introducing noticeable software improvements and algorithm refinements to better utilize already fantastic hardware that seems underutilized.

The Galaxy S9 / S9 + offered variable aperture cameras that were able to switch between F / 1.6 and F / 2.4 apertures depending on the shooting scenario, but the wider aperture did not necessarily respond to the need. hype and expectations we had, especially in low light conditions.

If you want to talk about numbers, the Note 9 will likely inherit the same 12MP + 12MP camera combo that graced the back of the S9 +, while the front would likely get the same 8MP camera, which performed quite well. results.

Samsung got a pass with the Note 8 given that it was its first attempt at the trendy dual-camera thing, but after getting the chance to hone the tech with the Galaxy S9 +, there’s no will have no runway excursion. jail-for-free cards with the Note 9: fans will have expectations and Samsung better play the game well.

Features and functionality

It looks like the S Pen might be the biggest upgrade from the Note 9. With Bluetooth functionality and a built-in battery, the stylus is said to have the following features:

  • Control music with the S Pen. This one we were expecting. We’re still not sure how exactly this will work, but we believe pressing the S Pen button once would serve as play / pause, while pressing twice in quick succession would skip to the next track.
  • Use the S Pen as a remote camera shutter. This is another feature we expected and could come in handy if you’re taking group photos and your phone is stuck somewhere.
  • Remotely unlock the Galaxy Note 9 with the S Pen out of the phone. It could save you a few taps.
  • Extensive AirCommand integration. In other words, more apps will support the unique features of the S Pen (or at least shortcuts) that should be accessible from the AirCommand menu and change for each app.
  • Press and hold the pen button to open any S Pen app or feature.
  • Configure single and double tap pen actions.

Equipment

Due to the lack of a better alternative, Samsung will certainly use the Snapdragon 845 chipset for the US version of the Note 9. Meanwhile, we assume that the international version of the device will carry the Exynos 9810 chipset which surprisingly has a worse battery life than Qualcomm offering. Normally, it would be the other way around. Hopefully Samsung will take a look at Exynos battery life issues and explain the irregularities.
Rumors are calling for 6GB of RAM in the most basic version of the phablet, and we would go so far as to tell you here and now that an 8GB version is sure to make an appearance, line.

The inclusion of a large 4000mAh battery inside the Note 9 will be one of the big changes that are rumored to be sure to tickle the imaginations of power users. would bring it closer to the battery life coveted by consumers. Samsung hasn’t had a great track record when it comes to battery life, especially given the latest conundrum that caused its Exynos-powered Galaxy S9 to suffer significantly behind its Snapdragon counterpart and feature durability. significantly lower battery life. Along with developing better chips, another way to easily increase battery life is to throw a bigger battery in the back, and it looks like that’s exactly what Samsung could be doing. As a reminder, the Note 8 came with a 3,300mAh battery which proved to struggle to power the device for more than a day and somewhat detracted from the handset’s appeal to power users.

Finally, we got wind of a 512GB Note 9 version, which would definitely appeal to data collectors and those looking for the top performing phone version. Logically, this will certainly be the most expensive Note 9 variant,

Price and release date

The Galaxy Note 9 arrives on August 9. Save the date.

As usual, we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for a possible announcement date, but we’ll probably wait a bit.

In terms of price, the handset will likely cost as much as the Note 8, if not a bit more. This one launched at $ 929, so it would be realistic of us to expect a price tag of $ 900 to $ 949 for the Note 9 in the US. Other markets, like Europe, may actually see a slightly higher price.

Here’s a more in-depth look at what pricing is possible.

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