Galaxy Note 9 leaked specs, Release Date, Features and Price
Galaxy Note 9 is the upcoming Phablet from Samsung and the successor of Note 8. According to some leaks, the South Korean tech Giant is going to release the Note 8 phablet in September or October. So it seems that Galaxy Note 9 comes in Septmber 2019. Samsung Note 9 might come with Model no. SM-N960. Now we roundup some leaked specs and rumoured features of Note 9.
Galaxy Note 9 Exclusive Features
Note 9 flagship may come with massive Display and UltraHD resolution. The phablet probably feature 6.2-6.4 inch Super AMOLED Display with 4K resolution. The Display will be protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 too. The South Korean tech may use Infinity Display with no bezels and curved edges in Note 9. The Display of Samsung Note 9 also supports HDR10.
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According to a latest report from The Investor, the South Korean tech giant already informed their display making unit of the specifications of Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ displays. The report claims that the Samsung Note 9 flagship will come with 6.32 inch Display. The Display design of Note 9 most likely resembles its predecessor’s.
Processor and Ram
Galaxy Note 9 might be powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC in the US. Samsung and Qualcomm already started working on the next Snapdragon chipset which powers 2018 flagships. According to leaks, Snapdragon 845 will be 64-bit Octa-Core chipset. Qualcomm is going to implement Big.Little architecture in the chipset. Leaks claim that four ARM Cortex A-75 and four A-55 cores will be present in the chipset. Snapdragon 845 will be built on 10nm FinFET LPP process for better power efficincy. Overall SD 845 might be about 30% more powerful than its predecessor.
X20 LTE Modem
A latest report claims that the Snapdragon 845 SoC is coming with X20 LTE Modem. Qualcomm revealed the minutiae of X20 LTE modem in February. According to Qualcomm, X20 modem supports Cat. 18 LTE download speeds upto 1.2 Gbps and Cat. 13 upload speeds upto 150 Mbps. So the latest LTE modem from Qualcomm is about 20% faster than its predecessor. X20 LTE Modem is built on modern 10nm FinFET process for power efficiency. The modem also has support for 5x carrier aggregation, Dual SIM Dual VoLTE, HD and Ultra HD voice features.
The amount of RAM (Random Access Memory) plays a great role besides the Processor in determining the performance of the device. More amount of RAM is required to browse the Internet through multiple Chrome tabs and while using PiP (Picture in Picture) mode. The split screen multitasking feature which was introduced in Android Nougat requires a great amount of RAM to run smoothly. As many android gamers already known, Gaming requires much RAM besides processing power. Galaxy Note 8 runs pretty smoothly in the above situations due to the presence of 6GB RAM. The South Korean tech giant may upgrade the RAM in the Samsung Note 9 flagship to 8GB to provide much more fluid like user experience. Samsung may officially announce the amount of RAM present in Galaxy Note 9 in coming months.
S-Pen is one of the exclusive features of Samsung Galaxy Note series. The Galaxy Note 8 flagship came with improved S-Pen over its predecessors. The S-Pen of Note 8 supports Live messages and auto-translation feature.
With the live messages, user can send own GIFs and hand-drawn emojis. The auto-translation features works when the user hover over the text, it will be translated automatically and S-Pen also converts currency units. Due to the refined S-Pen tip size of 0.7mm from 1.4mm, precesion is improved. The presence of 4096 pressure levels helps while note-taking or sketching.
According to Samsung Design Engineers, S-Pen will be improved much more in Note 9. So we will get much smoother S-Pen experience and also more exciting features with the S-Pen of Galaxy Note 9. The new features of Note 9 S-Pen will be revealed in coming months.
Samsung Note 9 may come with 14MP Rear Camera with LED flash. It may also sport 8MP Front Camera with front flash. Samsung may use improved aperture and Optical Image Stabilization too in the phablet. Note 9 will support 4K Video recording, dual video call and Auto HDR features.
Galaxy Note 9 may come with Non-removable 3600 mAh Li-Ion battery. It will also support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 plus and Quick Wireless charging in selected markets.
Quick Charge 4 Plus
The Snapdragon variant of Note 9 which may available in the US and China, will sport the Quick charge 4+ support. Samsung may implement quick and wireless charging support in the Exynos variant too for the rest of the world. Qualcomm Quick charge 4+ is an improved version of QC4. In QC4+, Qualcomm specially optimized the charging speed and temperature.
Due to the special optimizations, Note 9 probably able to charge fully in less than 1.5 hours and also at cooler temperatures. In QC4+, the energy dissipation through heat is very much reduced so the efficiency of charge has increased. The approximate charge times and battery test results will be revealed in coming months.
In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor
Some earlier rumours indicated that Samsung have tried to incorporate In-screen Fingerprint sensor on Galaxy S8, but the attempt haven’t succeeded. So the South Korean tech giant released Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus flagships into the market with a rear mounted Fingerprint sensor. The predictions from a KGI Security analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo suggest that the Galaxy Note 9 Phablet will arrive with an On-screen Finger scanner. He claims that Samsung Suppliers will soon complete the development of the Optical Fingerprint technology and so that the Successor of Galaxy Note 8 will come with the in-screen fingerprint sensor.
The successor of Galaxy Note 8 will surely come with Oreo which is the latest flavour of Android. Due to many performance improvements, Android Oreo makes device boot almost twice as fast and also provides fluid like experience to users. In the eighth major iteration of Android, Google made many refinements to launch swiftly by clearing the app cache automatically. So Galaxy Note 9 with Android Oreo provides a new flagship smart phone experience to users.
Due to the Project Treble of Android Oreo, Samsung Note 9 will receive future updates quickly. Even, carrier locked Note 9 devices will also receive further Android updates quickly. Galaxy Note 9 will be more secure than its predecessor, due to some exclusive security features of Android 8.0.
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Samsung may unveil the successor of Note 8 in September or October 2018. So pre-orders for Samsung Note 9 might start in October. The official release dates of Galaxy Note 9 are yet to be revealed.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may come with the price tag of about $900 in the US. The price of the phablet varies according to the carrier. In the UK, Note 9 probably be priced around £720. Official price list of the phablet will be revealed in coming days.
Update on 19/7/2017 :
According to Phone Arena and 9to5Google, the Galaxy Note 8 Phablet is coming with the 600 MHz band support. Qualcomm earlier said that the support for 600 MHz band would be added to Snapdragon 835 and 836 chipsets. So it seems the predecessor of Note 9 may come with the support for this low-frequency band. US Carriers like T-Mobile is preparing to rollout the new spectrum in coming months. So it seems that Snapdragon 845 chipset may also come with support for 600 MHz band. Thus, Galaxy Note 9 will also support the low-frequency band. The major advantage of the 600 MHz band is better coverage.
Update on 25/7/2017 : Dual Camera Sensor set
According to The Investor, Samsung will use dual sensor rear cameras in its upcoming flagships including Galaxy S9 and Note 9. An analyst from South Korea revealed key information about Galaxy Note 8 Primary Camera. Samsung Note 8 will sport 12MP telephoto lens and a 13MP wide-angle set for 3D Mapping, low light performance and distance measurements. A previous patent of Samsung indicates optical stabilization and 3x zooming abilities. The analyst also said that the dual Camera setup of Samsung will offer better performance than other dual camera phones on the market. So Samsung may use the same Dual Sensor setup for Galaxy S9 and Note 9 flagships too.
Update 5/8/2017 :
Samsung announced the new home made LTE Modem with 6 Carrier aggregation support. The maximum download speed of this modem is 1.2 Gbps. So the new LTE modem from Samsung achieves Category 18 download speeds. Samsung also announced that the Exynos 9 processors containing the modem will be in the stage of mass production by the end of this year. So the next year flagships from Samsung including Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 will come with the Exynos 9 chipsets containing Cat. 18 LTE Modem. But the US carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint are still supporting up to 3 Carrier aggregation only on flagship devices like Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7. So it takes so much time for the carriers to support 6 CA LTE speeds.
Update on 1/9/2017 :
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 phablet on 23rd August at an event at New York. Galaxy Note 8 comes with massive 6.3 inch SuperAMOLED HDR10 ready display. It sports QHD+ resolution and the pixel density is about 521ppi. Note 8 is powered by Snapdragon 835 chipset for the US and China and Exynos 8895 for the rest of the World. Dual 12MP Rear Camera with OIS feature and 8MP front camera are present. The Battery capacity of Note 8 is 3300 mAh and it is also Quick Charging compatible. The price of Note 8 starts from $929 in the US.
Update on 7/9/2017 :
A few hours ago, 9to5Google while tearing down the latest Google App 7.11, discovered the evidence of the next Android version. The source claims that APK file contains the code with the lines of Android 8.1 and API 27. Google may ship the final APK with this code or not, but this might be a clue about the next big update for Oreo.
So it seems that the Galaxy Note 9 flagship is going to come with the Android 8.1 Oreo OS. The full features of the Android 8.1 will be revealed in coming days. According to some analysts, Android 8.1 might contain the fixes for some bugs like Car-Bluetooth and some minor improvements in performance and stability. The battery efficiency might be also improved in Android 8.1 Oreo.
Update on 12/9/2017 :
According to Phonearena, the most awaited foldable smartphone will arrive from Samsung in 2018. In an event of Note 8 in South Korea, Samsung’s top Mobile executive, Koh Dong-jin says this news about the future roadmap. Back at CES 2011, Samsung unveiled the bendable OLED screen which is the major requisite for a foldable smart phone. Some tech analysts, say that the next Galaxy Note or S series flagship might be foldable. So we can expect that either Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy S9 might be the World’s first foldable smartphone. But the South Korean tech giant may begin a new lineup with the foldable smart phone.
Update on 20/9/2017 :
A recent report from Korean publication ET News says that the Galaxy S9 will come with super slow motion Image sensor capable of recording at 1,000 fps. The Industry sources claim that the new sensor production will allegedly begin in November. The new image sensor consists of three layers : logic chip, the image sensor and a DRAM chip. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium sports almost the same sensor which is capable of recording at 960fps. If this news really true, Galaxy S9 will beat its rival iPhone X, which is capable of recording FullHD video at 240fps slow motion. But as we have no confirmation from Samsung, we should take this with a pinch of salt. If Samsung S9 arrive with the 1,000 fps image sensor, Galaxy Note 9 might come with this sensor too.
Update on 4/10/2017 :
According to Android Headlines Blog, the upcoming flagship System on Chip (SoC) from Qualcomm, is going to be clocked at 2.5 Ghz. The information comes from an Industry insider from China, so it seems that Qualcomm might stick with the same base clock speeds of Snapdragon 835 for its successor too. Previously, Snapdragon 821 maximally clocked at 2.35 Ghz and the clock speed is increased in SD 835 to 2.45 Ghz. SnapDragon 835 is 27% much faster than its predecessor and also energy efficient due to increased clock speeds and 10nm LPE node process.
Now if really, Snapdragon 845 comes with the clock speed of 2.5 Ghz according to the rumour, we may see only marginal increase in performance. But some rumours are flying that SD 845 will be built on TSMC’s 7nm process as per the recently signed agreement between two companies. If Snapdragon 845 is built on 7nm process, we will see massive reduction in energy usage and the chip size also decreases. All major flagship phones of 2018 like Galaxy S9, LG G7, HTC U12, Note 9, Xperia XZ2 and Google Pixel 3 will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC. As these are still rumours, we have to take them with a grain of salt.
Update on 9/10/2017 :
Some rumours claim that Snapdragon 845 chipset allegedly visits the Geekbench and beats Apple A9 chipset in single core benchmark tests. According to Sources like notebookcheck, Wccftech, Firstpost, the user ice-Universe of chinese microblogging site, Weibo originally posted this news. The latest chipset from Qualcomm, Snapdragon 835 scores around 2000 points in the single core benchmark tests while the new reports say that Snapdragon 845 scores above 2600 points in Geekbench 4 single core test. The Apple A9 chipset in the iPhone 6S scores 2500 in the Single core Geekbench 4.
The Apple A10 chipset in the iPhone 7 scores about 3400 points and A11 bionic chipset in iPhone 8 and X scores about 4100 points respectively in Geekbench 4 scores. So the single core score of Snapdragon 845 is much lower compared to the Apple’s latest chipsets but the multi-core score may be on-par with the score of A11 Bionic chipset from Apple. However, the multicore scores of SD 845 haven’t revealed so far.
Update on 12/10/2017 :
Samsung has unveiled new ISOCell Image sensors with many refinements and these new sensors are expected to be in the Samsung’s next year flagships like Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 9. The new Image sensors are much slimmer than the previous ones and are more suitable for bezelless, large Display flagships, according to Sammobile. One of the newly arrived image sensors is with 24 MP resolution and the other one is with 12MP Resolution. The features of the 12MP sensor include 1.28-micrometer, 12-megapixel ISOCELL Fast 2L9 with Dual Pixel technology and the features of 24MP sensor include ultra-small 0.9μm, 24-megapixel ISOCELL Slim 2X7 with Tetracell technology.
The 12MP sensor with the Dual Pixel tech can do ultra-fast auto-focus at reduced pixel size from 1.4μm to 1.28μm. Besides that the sensor can also create in-depth pictures with Bokeh effect similar to recent Pixel 2 XL.
The 24MP sensor with Tetracell technology which enables to shot bright pictures in low-light environments and detailed pictures in bright environments. Due to reduced pixel size of 0.9μm, the Sensor occupies less space and can be fitted in a smartphone with any Camera bump.
Phonearena says that any one of the two sensors or both sensors might be present in the Galaxy S9 flagship. The same trend may follow in Galaxy Note 9 and S9+ too.
Update on 17/10/2017 :
An interview with Samsung officials, has revealed the key improvements of the next Note phablet upto some extent. Usually, the planning group takes a break after the release of Note phablet, but this time the team officials say that they haven’t taken any break and are planning the successor of Note 8. The officials have confirmed that Note 9 is coming in 2018 and they are currently looking for ways to improve the S-Pen which is the exclusive feature of Galaxy Note series. They haven’t revealed any details about the upcoming S-Pen design.
According to pocket-link, KGI securities reported that Samsung is going to embed the fingerprint sensor in the Display of Note 9. The same rumours flew for Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X too. But it seems that, at last Samsung succeeded in producing the under display fingerprint sensor. However, KGI reports that Galaxy S9 will come with rear mounted sensor and Note 9 with under Display sensor.
Update on 31/10/2017 :
Another leak through Phonearena suggests that Qualcomm is going to unveil the Snapdragon 845 chipset on 4th December. The event will take place at Snapdragon Technology Summit on Maoyi Island, according to a leaked invitation letter in Chinese microblogging site Weibo. So official details about the specs of the most anticipated flagship from Qualcomm which powers almost all next year’s flagships will be revealed in a few weeks.
Latest rumours claim that Snapdragon 845 might contain four Cortex-A75 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores optimized exclusively to provide 25% better performance than SD835. The chipset will be built either on 10nm LPE process or Samsung’s 10nm LPP process. Another futuristic feature of SD845 is the Qualcomm X20 LTE modem which supports 1.2 Gbps download speeds through carrier aggregation.
Update on 6/11/2017 :
According to TheInvestor, a Korean publication, Samsung has already started work on the successor of Note 8 and also codenamed it as the ‘crown’. Phonearena has expected that the Galaxy Note 9 will come in late-summer 2018, in mid-August. The rumour also claims that the flagship is going to feature a fingerprint scanner under the display.
The South Korean publication also says that Samsung will start acquiring the components for the next phablet in early 2018. The leak came from a component supplier for the South Korean tech giant. So some concrete details about the specs of Note 9 flagship will be revealed in early next year.
We will update this post soon with latest news about Samsung Note 9 phablet.