THE Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is going to be one of this year’s best and most expensive smartphones – but what else do we know?
In the absence of official info about the phone, we’ve tracked down the latest release date news and rumours, and spoken to a top analyst about what we should expect in terms of specs and design.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – what is it?
Samsung’s ‘Note’ smartphones are generally the company’s most powerful and impressive devices.
They’re built for power users who want top performance, and who are willing to spend a lot of money on their new device.
It’s also the line of phones that produced the Galaxy Note 7, which was eventually scrapped after it kept bursting into flames.
This year’s Galaxy phone will be a direct competitor to Apple’s high-end iPhone X, and will have class-leading features.
Sadly, Samsung hasn’t confirmed its existence yet, but the company has been turning out Note phones for years – and 2019 should be no different.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release date – when is it out?
Samsung generally waits until late summer or early autumn to launch its Note phones.
This gives the company a chance to get in ahead of Apple, which typically unveils a new iPhone in September.
Speaking to The Sun, top mobile expert Daniel Ives said he sees “an August 2018” release for the Galaxy Note 9.
Ives, who works as an analyst at GBH Insights, believes that Samsung will stick to its usual launch schedule for the new phone.
In 2016, Samsung revealed the Note 7 on August 2, and released the handset for sale on August 19 – that’s a gap of about two-and-a-half weeks.
Last year, Samsung first showed off the Note 8 on August 23, but didn’t put it on sale until September 15 – a three week delay.
Samsung will almost certainly choose a date in August for its Note 9 reveal, but we might not see a Galaxy Note 9 release date until around three weeks after the phone’s official debut.
In the meantime, we’ve got the Samsung Galaxy S9 to look forward to.
This flagship phone is expected to debut on February 25, and should give us vital clues about what to expect from the Galaxy Note 9.
“All eyes are now on MWC in a few weeks, to see what Samsung has up their sleeve with the launch of their next flagship smartphone,” Ives told The Sun.
“We expect some clues about Note 9 at MWC as the design picture becomes clearer.”
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs, design and features – the latest news and rumours
We asked Daniel Ives for his predictions about the Galaxy Note 9 design and specs, and here’s what he came up with:
“Fingerprint Sensors” – Some phone makers (Apple included) are moving away from fingerprint scanners, as other forms of user identification become more popular.
But Ives reckons Samsung will retain the feature, possibly mounting the scanner on the front of the phone, underneath the display.
“All-Glass Screen” – It’s becoming much more popular to fill the front of smartphones with screen, reducing the bezel (the bit that surrounds your display) to near non-existence.
Samsung will likely stretch its ‘Infinity Display’ even further, filling out almost all of the Note 9’s tough glass exterior with screen. Look out, iPhone X.
“Advanced Camera Features” – One of the biggest mobile battlegrounds these days is the smartphone camera.
The Note 9 will almost certainly have a dual-lens camera, which should provide great zoom, low-light image capture, and better depth-of-field.
We also might see some augmented reality features, which use 3D scanning tech to let you map computer images onto the real world around you.
“Facial Recognition Technology” – Apple wowed the tech world with its Face ID feature on the iPhone X. It allowed users to unlock their iPhones simply using their faces, which is a relatively secure method of verifying someone’s identity.
Android phone makers (like Samsung) are now playing catch-up to add a similar feature to their own phones, and we’re likely to see this on the Galaxy Note 9.
Samsung already offers an iris scanner – which authenticates your identity by scanning your eyes – on Note phones, but there’s no proper 3D-mapped Face ID rival on a Samsung phone just yet.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price – how much will it cost?
It’s impossible to say exactly how much the Galaxy Note 9 will cost at this stage, but we do know that smartphone prices are generally rising for Brits.
The Galaxy Note 7 retailed for a hefty £749, but this was eclipsed by the staggering £869 price tag on the Galaxy Note 8.
Last year’s iPhone X rocked the boat even further, costing between £999 and £1,149.
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Speaking to The Sun, expert Daniel Ives said he expects to see “price points between £800 and £1,000, depending on the model”, for the Galaxy Note 9.
It’s very likely that the top model will come close to (or run over) the £1,000 mark, as Samsung will want its phones to appear as premium as Apple fare.
But Samsung hasn’t confirmed any details about its new handset, so take any rumours with a pinch of salt for now.