Last year’s Galaxy Note 8 phablet was launched earlier than expected, as the device was originally planned to debut in September, though was launched well ahead in August. The reason being that Samsung wanted to release these devices ahead of new iPhones to subdue the iPhone hype. And it appears the Korean manufacturer would stick to the same strategy with this year’s Galaxy Note 9, as Samsung is rumoured to launch the phablet well ahead of Apple’s 2018 iPhone-line-up.
According to tipster Ice Universe, who has good track with past Samsung leaks, suggests that the Korean manufacturer plans to unveil the Galaxy Note 9 as soon as August 2, or a week later, with sales to commence shortly after the official reveal. If this turns out to be true, sales are expected to begin sometime during mid-August, giving Samsung a month and a half head start over Apple’s 2018 iPhone-line-up. The early release of the device could possibly be because Samsung is planning to outshine the upcoming iPhones. Earlier reports suggest that Apple is planning to launch three iPhones this year, out of which, two iPhones will be equipped with OLED display, and the third one may sport an LCD display.
The Galaxy Note 9 has already been spotted on benchmarking site Geekbench, revealing a lot of key information about the phablet. The device will likely be similar in specs with the Galaxy S9, implying that the device will be powered by Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810, depending on region.
That said, Samsung is expected to increase the battery capacity upto 4,000mAh, according to previous leaks, which means there could be small changes in terms of design, as the fingerprint sensor is expected to be integrated below the cameras, like the Galaxy S9.
In terms of display, the device is said to offer a lot of screen real estate with a 6.4-inch panel seen before, with storage options said to go all the way up to 256GB. Pricing of the handset will probably be in the same range as its predecessor. More details about the device are likely to surface as we near its official launch. We’ll update you as soon as we hear anything new. Until then, keep checking back for more.