The Samsung Galaxy Note range has always been at the cutting edge of innovation, and we expect to see the Galaxy Note 9 continue with this tradition.
The S Pen stylus is reserved for this line but all of the Galaxy Note 9 rumours so far, have focused on other innovations... We expect to see the Galaxy Note 9 for the first time at an Unpacked Event this August.
At a glance
- When will it come out? August 2018
- How much will it cost? £869 or £45 per month
- Under screen fingerprint sensor
- Combined iris and facial recognition
- 6.4” display
When is the Galaxy Note 9 coming out?
August 2018 is the month to watch out for the Galaxy Note 9. Samsung’s previous Note launch dates have traditionally been a few weeks before the IFA consumer electronics trade show, which this year takes place on the 31st August.
The main reason for this, is so Samsung can get the world’s full attention. Many mobile phone manufacturers chose the IFA as a launching platform for their next flagship phone. This year, that may include the next Apple iPhone.
Last year, the Galaxy Note 8 was announced on Tuesday 23rd August and it was released for sale on the 15th September. If Samsung follows the same pattern, then the Galaxy Note 9 will be announced on the 22nd August and go on sale on the 14th September.
However, some rumours have spoken about an early August announcement.
How much will it cost?
We don’t expect to see any change in pricing, so expect to see the Galaxy Note 9 go sale for £869 (handset only) or from £43 per month on a 24 month contract.
If you want the Galaxy Note 9 for less, then the price usually drops slightly after it has been on sale for around three months.
Galaxy Note 9 design and features - the latest rumours
Rumours suggest that the Galaxy Note 9 will have an under-glass fingerprint sensor. This means that the sensor will be invisible to the eye and a fingerprint graphic will appear on the screen, when authentication is needed and in order to show you where to put your finger.
Security might be further improved with the Iris scanner being paired up with a new feature, code named Intelligent Scan. This will add facial recognition for improved security in both bright and low light. In summary, security on the Galaxy Note 9 will be faster and safer.
The Galaxy Note 9 will almost certainly use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB RAM. Performance across the Note range is already excellent and this chip will further increase processing speeds, while using less battery power.
The Super AMOLED Infinity Display may grow to 6.4” and have the new elongated shape, which lets you see more without scrolling. Quad HD+ resolution is most likely but a few rumours have mention 4K resolution. The camera sensor may be built into the display, which would mean no phone bezel on the front.
Rumours have also mention the use of a new metal called Metal 12. This is supposed to be tougher and lighter and is an aluminium and magnesium alloy. Koh Dong-jin, Samsung’s mobile division president, has already stated that the company intends to launch a flexible flagship phone during 2018 - so there is a slight chance that the Galaxy Note 9 will be bendable.
What we want from the Galaxy Note 9
Putting the rumours aside - here is what we would like to see from the Samsung Galaxy Note 9:
- Under-screen fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy Note 9 will only look its best if the fingerprint sensor is positioned under the screen.
- Static pricing. Keeping the same pricing is the only way that many people will be able to afford the Galaxy Note 9.
- Two day battery. We would love to see the average user only needing to recharge the Galaxy Note 9 every couple of days.