A faster charger might not be the only wireless charging accessory available for the Note 9, as WinFuture’s Roland Quandt revealed a so-called Wireless Charger Duo (seen above). The charger features two pads, designed for either a phone and a smartwatch or two phones.
Other anticipated features include facial recognition, an iris scanner, and the Intelligent Scan feature already seen on the Galaxy S9, which merges the two biometric options.
The Note 9 will likely sport a headphone jack and may come with a free pair of AKG headphones.
Let’s not forget about the IP68 rating for protection against dust and water. The Note 9 will also likely come with a headphone jack and, if the infamous unboxing video is to be believed, ship with a free pair of AKG headphones in the box like its predecessor.
Samsung is expected to make big changes to its S Pen stylus. A filing with the FCC confirms that it will have Bluetooth, but what could the new S Pen actually do? XDA-Developers dug into the unreleased Galaxy Tab S4’s firmware, finding numerous references to the new stylus. The references suggest the S Pen can be used to control music, act as a remote shutter key, remotely unlock your phone, and create customizable actions. Per the FCC filing, the S Pen’s battery will charge via the smartphone itself when housed in its stylus port.
The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to run Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung’s Experience skin on top. According to the Korean Herald, the phone will launch with Bixby 2.0, which is an upgraded version of the firm’s voice assistant. The upgraded platform is set to deliver better voice recognition, faster response times and an emphasis on conversation.
Based on the rumored specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the smartphone sounds like a slightly larger Galaxy S9 Plus with the added S Pen. That’s why it’s possible Samsung will add a few extra bells and whistles to the device to differentiate it from the S9 series.
|Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumored specifications|
|Display||6.38-inch Super AMOLED panel
2,960 x 1,440 resolution
18.5:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810|
|Storage||up to 512GB|
|MicroSD||Yes, up to 400GB|
|Camera||Dual-camera setup with variable aperture and super slow-mo video at 960fps|
|Software||Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience|
|Other features||S Pen stylus, facial recognition, iris scanner, and AR Emoji|
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Design
OnLeaks has teamed up with 91mobiles and released a 360-degree video as well as a few renders allegedly showing the Galaxy Note 9. They reveal that the upcoming smartphone may look similar to its predecessor, with a few small changes here and there.
The biggest one is at the back, where you’ll find horizontally-positioned dual cameras along with a fingerprint scanner that now sits below the setup instead of next to it. This is something that was expected, as Samsung has also moved the scanner below the cameras on the Galaxy S9 series. It looks way better and is also a lot more practical, as it makes it easier to reach the scanner with a finger.
The video and renders also squash rumors that we’ll see an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy Note 9. Although these aren’t official renders of the device, OnLeaks has a great track record and is rarely wrong with his predictions. This means the rumor claiming that the first Samsung device with a fingerprint scanner could be the Galaxy S10 just may be true.
Android Headlines posted a leaked image reportedly of the Note 9, which you can see below. The first thing that you’ll notice is that the front of the device looks pretty much exactly like the Note 8, which lines up with previous rumors. If this leaked image is, in fact, the Galaxy Note 9, it will be hard to differentiate between a Note 9 and a Note 8.
With the alleged similarities between the Note 9 and Note 8 in mind, check out this image of Samsung mobile division CEO DJ Koh using a Note device:
Is that a Note 8 in his hands or a Note 9? It’s hard to tell, but it is totally possible that Samsung’s CEO is already using the Note 9 as his daily driver.
Not long after that image of Koh hit the internet, some alleged press renders of the device leaked out as well:
Buyers of the Galaxy Note 9 may have a selection of five colors to choose from. Galaxy Club claims the phone will be available in black, gray, violet or purple, blue, and brown. The report also says the S Pen will match the color of the phone.
Additionally, we may have received a preview of two colors, via Nieuwe Mobiel and MySmartPricerespectively. The former outlet revealed a rather slick Lilac Purple render, while the latter showed off what seems to be a Coral Blue color scheme. Both renders seem to line up with previous images of the device.
On July 23, Android Headlines brought us another leak, this time of the Note 9 in three color options: black, blue, and brown.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Price
he unlocked version of the Galaxy Note 8 launched with a $930 price tag in the U.S., making it the most expensive Samsung smartphone to date. What’s more, its price has since increased — now $950.
The Galaxy Note 9’s price remains a mystery for now, but we do know this: it won’t lower. Samsung doesn’t decrease the prices of its flagships, and we don’t expect that to change this year. In fact, the Note 9 could be more expensive than its predecessor. Samsung increased the price of the Galaxy S9 Plus to $840 unlocked — $15 more than the Galaxy S8.
The Note 8 outsold its predecessor, despite being more expensive, which might give Samsung the confidence to bump up the price again this year. Pushing the price up too high might have a negative effect on sales, especially if the handset will only be a minor upgrade over last year’s model, but a small increase could be in the cards.
These are all the rumors we’ve come across so far about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.