We have an official launch date for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9 flagship: August 9th. It’s on that date that the smartphone will be revealed to all at a Galaxy UNPACKED event in Brooklyn, New York. Today, however, fresh details about the device are starting to float to the surface.
We already know that the Galaxy Note 9 will feature Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 processor for global markets, while Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 will in use for U.S. and Chinese markets. It’s now understood that base phones will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Given the price that the Galaxy Note 9 will likely command, the increase in base storage is greatly appreciated.
However, we’re told that moving up to the 256GB storage option will result in an increase to 8GB for the RAM. In addition, there will be a rang-topping SKU with 8GB of RAM and a massive 512GB of internal storage. On the camera front, the dual arrangement will remain on the rear of the smartphone and will include the addition of the variable aperture lens mechanism found on the Galaxy S9 family. As the leaked photos have shown, the fingerprint reader has been repositioned from beside the rear cameras to below them.
Other features that we know are on deck for the Galaxy Note 9 are a 4,000 mAh battery, which is a significant increase from the 3,300 mAh battery on the Galaxy Note 8. We’re also expecting that Samsung will make the biggest change to the S Pen since the Galaxy Note’s inception with Bluetooth support. What that means for users remains to be seen, but the S Pen will be a primary focus of Samsung’s Galaxy UNPACKED event.
The smartphone has already made a trip to the FCC with the designation SM-N960F. For reference, the Galaxy Note 8 was labeled SM-N950F. As for the current generation Galaxy Note 8, Samsung has reportedly already stopping shipping the smartphone to its retail partners and will not continue its production once the Galaxy Note 9 arrives.