According to a news report by Bloomberg, Samsung Electronics Co. is planning to unveil its new Galaxy Note smartphone on August 9 during the company’s “Unpacked” event. This event is scheduled to be held in New York and is two weeks earlier than last year’s event.
This information was given by internal sources who know about the project. This new model will most probably be called the Galaxy Note 9 and expected to look pretty much like its predecessor, the Note 8.
The difference will be that the new Note 9 will come equipped with a brand new Qualcomm processor – for some of the product’s markets, that is. Samsung is planning to launch the new Note 9 as early as the end of August, however that timeline is still not confirmed and may be subject to change. The sources that gave Bloomberg this information request that they stay unnamed as this matter is still confidential. Samsung was unavailable for comment about this news.
According to the news report by Forbes, the biggest news about the new Note 9 is its camera. This will be the first time in its history that Samsung will upgrade its flagship camera two times in one year. This smartphone is expected to be the highlight of the “Unpacked” event.
The new Note 9 is expected to be the most exciting Galaxy Note model in many years, with 6 core features. The new smartphone is going to be huge – it will have a 6.38-inch screen, which will be Samsung’s biggest ever display panel. The Note 8 has a 6.3-inch screen, while the S9-Plus has a 6.2-inch screen.
Note 9 is expected to include a new upgraded stylus. The Note 8 already has the world’s best smartphone stylus, with it being able to Live Message, PENUP as well as Translate. However, the new stylus is expected to take it even further with a built in microphone that lets the stylus be used for calling too.
The new smartphone is expected to have a new interface called Crown UX, which is supposed to focus on drive as well as efficiency. Another thing that is going to be upgraded will be Samsung’s virtual assistant – Bixby. So far, this feature has been quite a flop, however, the rumor is that it is being completely overhauled and then re-launched in the Note 9.
The expectation is that the updated version of the Samsung virtual assistant will be released to all models at a later date. With the re-launch of Bixby, Samsung is hoping to inch closer to its competition from virtual assistants such as Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.
While it is still a race to have this feature installed in the new Note 9, people are hoping to finally see the much-talked-about in-display fingerprint reader. So far, the company has not been successful in getting this technology ready for mass production (this tech has been used in niche models, but companies haven’t been able to scale it up). If this time Samsung is successful in scaling fingerprint tech to equip the Note 9 with it, then it is going to be the headliner.
The Note 9 is expected to have a much larger battery than any other Note model before. This is necessary since the series’ once renowned battery life has taken a beating in recent years.
The new smartphone may be coming in an all new color – a kind of “teddy-brown” – which will have a subtle copper tone, in addition to the traditional black, grey, gold and blue.