Samsung has confirmed that it will be holding an Unpacked event on Aug. 9 in New York. Multiple reports from South Korean publications have claimed that the Galaxy Note 9 would be announced on the same date. The launch invitation teases an S Pen which suggests that the company will be unveiling the Note 9 through the upcoming Unpacked event. Soon after the official confirmation from the company, industry expert Eldar Murtazin shared some interesting information on the Galaxy Note 9 as he had managed to get hands-on experience of its pre-production unit.
According to Murtazin, the Galaxy Note 9 won’t be arriving with any significant changes in design when compared to the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone from last year. The only noticeable design change that would be available on the Note 9 is the repositioned fingerprint. It is now placed below the horizontal dual camera module.
Compared to Note 8, the successor model will arrive with increased weight as it features a 4,000mh battery. The frontside of the phone will feature dual edge curved display that offers maximum brightness for better visibility under direct sunlight. The prototype model also features updated version of AlwaysOn Display, but there is no confirmation whether it will be made available on the final product. The phablet may also come with improved Animojis.
The Galaxy Note 9 is likely to borrow the variable aperture enabled dual camera feature that is available on the Galaxy S9+. However, new algorithms, professional photo shooting options and enhanced OIS will allow Note 9 users to take advantage of better photography experience.
The base model of the Galaxy Note 9 is likely to feature 6 GB of RAM and a native storage of 128 GB. An 8 GB RAM model of the Note 9 could be also available with 256 GB or 512 GB of internal storage. The Snapdragon 845 powered Note 9 is expected to arrive in the U.S. and South Korea whereas the remaining markets may receive its Exynos 9810 variant.
Murtazin has also claimed that the Galaxy Note 9 may not be a very different device from the Galaxy S9+. Hence, in order to differentiate from the Galaxy S9+, the company may aim the Note 9 towards business audience.
Last year, Samsung had debuted the Galaxy Note 8 on Aug. 23. This year, the Galaxy Note 9 will be introduced two weeks earlier than its predecessor. This will allow the company to release the Note 9 well ahead of the 2018 iPhones that are slated to debut in September.