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Galaxy Note 9 release date, specs and price: Pre-order leak suggests flagship might be cheaper than expected

SAMSUNG HAS CONFIRMED that it will reveal the Galaxy Note 9 in less than one month’s time, with a launch event set for 9 August.

That’s good news for fans of big-screened mobes, as the Note 9 is expected to pack a sizable 6.38in display, bigger than the Note 8’s 6.32in offering. It could also be the first Samsung flagship to tout an in-screen fingerprint scanner, according to some reports, while others have claimed that the technology won’t be ready for the handset’s rumoured July unveiling. 

We’ve rounded up everything we know about Samsung’s so-called Galaxy Note 9 so far below. 

Release date
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 9 will make its debut at on 9 August at a Samsung Unpacked event in New York. According to a report at ET News, the smartphone will go on sale two weeks later on 24 August. 

The invite (above) doesn’t give much away but does tease the handset’s redesigned S Pen stylus, which looks set to be made available in gold.

Price
According to a report from WinFuture, pricing for the Galaxy Note 9 will start from  €1,050 (£935), which will bag you the 128GB variant. The highest-spec 512GB model will reportedly fetch as much as €1,250 (£1,115). 

However, a leaked pre-order poster from Indonesia claims the 128GB and 512GB models will fetch around £714 and £926 SIM-free, respectively. 

Latest news
30/7/18: 
The Galaxy Note 9 might not be as expensive as first feared if a leaked pre-order poster from Indonesia is the real deal. While earlier rumours had claimed the Note 9 would be Samsung’s most expensive smartphone yet with a starting price of £935, the leaked poster lists the 128GB model with a 13,500,000 IDR price-tag, which works out around £714. 

The 512GB model is listed as 17,500,000 IDR – around £926, much cheaper than earlier rumours that pegged it around the £1,100 mark. 

27/7/18: Fortnite for Android might arrive as an exclusive for the Galaxy Note 9, both 9to5Google and XDA Developers are reporting. 

Samsung will have a 30-day exclusive on the battle royal game, according to the reports, which note that Fornite might even arrive as a pre-loaded application complete with added S Pen functionality. Note 9 buyers might also be rewarded with some bonus content for pre-ordering the device, including complimentary V-Bucks, player skins, and more. 

26/7/18: Samsung has released a new teaser video (below) that appears to confirm rumours that the Note 9 will pack a souped-up battery. The clip, which is clearly a shot at rival Apple, show how frustrating it can be when your battery dies, and promises that Samsung’s incoming flagship will save the day.

If online murmurs are to be believed, the Galaxy Note 9 will feature a 4,000mAh battery, a 20 per cent improvement over the Galaxy Note 8’s 3,300mAh offering and the largest ever to feature in a Samsung smartphone. 

25/7/18: Predictably, the Galaxy Note 9 has leaked yet again. Its latest outing comes courtesy of Twitter tipster Evan Blass (below), who has outed the handset’s official black, blue and, er, brown colour versions. There’s no sighting of the mooted lilac model, so it remains unclear whether or not this version will be made available at launch.

The legit-looking leak, while not giving much new information away, appears to confirm that the blue model will ship with a contrasting yellow S-Pen, while the black and brown models will come with matching styluses.

24/7/18: Despite earlier rumours stating that the Note 9 will cost around £869, a new report from WinFuture claims the price of the flagship might exceed €1,000.

According to the report, the Galaxy Note 9’s base 128GB variant will cost €1,050 (£935)  with Samsung opting not to release its 64GB model in Europe. It will, according to the report, release its 512GB variant, however, which could fetch as much as €1,250 (£1,115).

23/7/18: A ‘Coral Blue’ variant of the Galaxy Note 9 (below) has shown up online, courtesy of MySmartPrice. The official-looking render doesn’t tell us much new, but the 24 August date on the handset’s screen adds weight to rumours that this is when the smartphone will go on sale. This blue-hued model will be joined by n Black, Gray, Brown, and Lilac colour variants, according to the report.

20/7/18: Samsung is reportedly planning to merge its Galaxy Note and S ranges, hinting that the incoming Note 9 might be the last in the lineup. 

The Bell, citing sources in the electronics industry, reports that the product line merger has been under discussion for the last year or so given the similarities between Samsung’s Plus-branded Galaxy S and Note models. The decision isn’t final yet, though, and the report notes that Samsung is “struggling” to unify the brands “because the concepts of Galaxy S Plus and Note products are overlapping.” 

18/7/18: With just weeks to go until the Note 9’s unveiling, the smartphone has finally been pictured in the flesh. 

While the images (above) – posted and since deleted by a Twitter user in China – don’t tell us much that we don’t already know, they appear to confirm that the incoming Note will be just as fragile as its Note 8 predecessor. The device in the images is covered in scratches and scuffs, and there also appears to be some chips the edges.

Seperately, Evan Blass has shared an official-looking image of the Note 9 and its accompanying yellow S Pen. 

17/7/18: The Galaxy Note 9 has been pictured in public – in the hands of, er, Samsung CEO Dj Koh. As you can see if you look at closely the image (below), snapped by @ShungNin, the device in Koh’s hands sports a horizontally-aligned camera setup with a fingerprint sensor placed underneath – likely the only cosmetic difference between the incoming flagship and last year’s Galaxy Note 8. 

We can also see Koh using Samsung’s new S Pen, which will reportedly come with Bluetooth support for the first time. 

At the same media event where Koh was pictured, he commented on Samsung’s plans to integrate in-display fingerprint technology into its upcoming phones, including the Galaxy S10 and Note 10. He also let slip that the new Bluetooth-enabled S-Pen will include some gaming-related features.

16/7/18: Polish blog Spidersweb, citing a tipster familiar with Samsung’s plans and a local Samsung representative, claims the Galaxy Note 9 will cost PLN 4,299 (around £880) when it goes on sale next month, a sign that it might not cost much more than its predecessor. The blog also adds weight to earlier rumours that the smartphone will arrive on shelves on 24 August.

13/7/18: An official-looking poster, shared via Ice Universe (below), has given us a good look at the blue Galaxy Note 9, and its accompanying, er, yellow S Pen.

Given the number of leaks the Note 9 has suffered the legit-looking poster doesn’t tell us much we didn’t already know, but does confirm the Note 9’s horizontal dual camera system and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, along with its USB-C port, headphone jack and S Pen slot. The poster also carried the tag-line ‘The super powerful Note’, suggesting that an under-the-hood upgrade is also likely.  

12/7/18: The Galaxy Note 9 will go on sale earlier than expected, according to a report at ET News. The Korean site writes that Samsung’s flagship phablet will arrive on shelves on 24 August, two weeks after its 9 August unveiling. In comparison, last year, the Galaxy Note 8 was launched on 23 August and went on sale on 15 September.

This early launch, ET News claims, comes as Samsung looks to offset the “sluggish performance” of the Galaxy S9 and S9+, which are reportedly the most unpopular S series smartphones since the Galaxy S3. Samsung is also looking to beat Apple’s next-generation iPhones to market, with the so-called iPhone 9, iPhone 11 and 11 Plus set to debut in September. 

11/7/18: Android Headlines has got its hands on what it claims to be an official render of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (below). The image, obtained via a ‘reliable source’, doesn’t tell us much about the incoming flagship, but does confirm that it will be near identical to its Note 8 predecessor, albeit for a slightly smaller chin. The render shows off the same curved infinity display, its unmoved front-facing camera and iris scanner and its identically-placed power and Bitby keys. 

6/7/18: Samsung has prematurely published its official support page for the Galaxy Note 9, weeks before it’s officially launched. Spotted by SamMobile, the official pages, which have cropped on Samsung’s websites in Denmark, France, Finland and Norway, don’t reveal any details about the device, other than its SM-N960F model number which is already known.

5/7/18: Accessory maker Olixar has started flogging cases (below) for the Galaxy Note 9, all-but-confirming that the Samsung flagship won’t have many surprises in store. That is unless you’re likely to be shocked by the handset’s “chin”, similar to that seen on the Galaxy S9 and S9+, as earlier rumours had suggested that Samsung would opt for a fully bezel-less design. 

The cases, which are now available for pre-order at MobileFun, also confirm that the Note 9 will pack dual cameras placed horizontally with a fingerprint sensor and heart rate module placed underneath. It also offers a glimpse at the handset’s curved screen, and the Note 9’s slot for Samsung’s new-and-improved S-Pen.  

4/7/18:  The Galaxy Note 9 isn’t launching for another five weeks, but that hasn’t stopped the first hands-on review from surfacing online. The fondling, which comes courtesy of Mobile-Review‘s Eldar Murtazin, who claims to have “had the opportunity to see this device, to evaluate the hardware” on a recent trip to the US. 

Murtazin doesn’t reveal much we don’t already know. He confirms the Note 9 will be almost identical to the Note 8 besides its slightly heavier design, and he also caught sight of Samsung’s new S Pen, which boasts added Bluetooth connectivity and improved accuracy.

The Galaxy Note 9’s dual cameras will be aligned horizontally, Murtizan notes, with a fingerprint scanner sat underneath – rather than embedded the AMOLED display. This screen boasts “increased brightness” compared to the Galaxy S9+, but boasts the same curved edges.

Elsewhere, the so-called review confirms that the Note 9 will pack a 4,000mAh battery – which Murtazin claims delivers 25 hours of video playback with the screen set to maximum brightness, and will be made available with a choice of 6/128GB, 8/256GB and 8/512GB RAM and storage.

2/7/18: The Galaxy Note 9’s bundled S-Pen will come with baked-in Bluetooth, enabling it to “do something unrelated to the pen”. So says Ice Universe (below), and while it’s unclear what functionality the stylus will offer, online rumours suggest the S Pen will be able to pause and resume music playback, and be able to act as a camera shutter button. 

27/6/18: Samsung has unveiled its new ISOCELL Plus camera sensor that looks set to debut on the Galaxy Note 9, SamMobile reports.

The sensor, shown off at MWC Shanghai this week, promises sharper and more accurate photos, even in poor lighting conditions. Samsung claims the upgraded tech will deliver higher colour fidelity along with up to a 15 per cent enhancement in light sensitivity. 

The technology also enables image sensors to equip 0.8-micrometer (µm) and smaller-sized pixels without any loss in performance, making it an optimal solution for developing “super-resolution” cameras with over 20MP.

“The ISOCELL Plus will not only enable the development of ultra-high-resolution sensors with incredibly small pixel dimensions but also bring performance advancements for sensors with larger pixel designs,” Samsung said. 

26/6/18: The Galaxy Note 9 just showed up at the FCC a month earlier than the Galaxy Note 8 did. 

While the listing gives little away beside the handset’s SM-N960F model number and confirmation of its bundled stylus, it adds weight to earlier rumours that the Note 9 will see an early-August launch. Previous reports claim that Samsung will show off its 2018 Note-branded flagship at an event in New York on 9 August.

25/6/18: The Galaxy Note 9 will ship with a new version of Samsung’s S Pen stylus that comes with a feature that’s “worth the wait”, Ice Universe claims.

While it’s unclear what this feature is, earlier rumours claimed this year’s S upgraded Pen will feature Bluetooth, allowing the stylus to be used both as a wireless speaker and as a microphone for making and receiving phone calls. 

20/6/18: Good news – the Galaxy Note 9, much like the newly-announced Oppo Find X, isn’t going to jump on the notch bandwagon. That’s if a leaked front panel (below), obtained by Ice Universe, is legit, as it suggests that the Samsung flagship will boast a near bezel-less design without adopting an awkward cutout.

The bezels are visibly thinner than those on the Note 8, too, despite appearing to house an additional sensor up top – perhaps for improved face recognition. 

19/6/18: A slip-up by South Korean retailer KT Plaza Shop has revealed some pre-order information about the Galaxy Note 9 ahead of its rumoured August launch.

The listing, which was screen grabbed by an eagle-eyed Twitter user before being deleted, all-but-confirms that the Note 9 will be available in 64GB, 246GB and 512GB variants, but if recent rumours are to be believed, the latter will only be made available in China and South Korea. The page also suggests that Note 9 pre-orders will ship with a free DeX dock, although it’s unclear if the same deal will be offered in Blighty. 

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Source : Inquirer

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