This guide will take you through some reasons why you should, and shouldn’t, wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release later this year.
If you’re hunting for a new Android smartphone, the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and the new Galaxy S9should be on your shopping list.
The Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 are cheaper than they once were and they’re also getting upgraded to Samsung’s Android 8.0 Oreo update. Android 8.0 Oreo brings a long list of new features, enhancements, fixes, and patches with it.
These Galaxy devices and others, like Samsung’s Galaxy S7, should have your attention, but don’t forget about the other Galaxy flagship Samsung’s reportedly working on for 2018.
Galaxy Note 9 Rumors
Developers digging through Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 Android 8.0 Oreo update discovered a collection Samsung product code names.
Among them, names like “astarqlte” (Galaxy S9 Active w/ Snapdragon), “star” (Galaxy S9), “star2” (Galaxy S9+), and “crown.” The device known as “crown” is reportedly the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Well-known leaker Evan Blass has corroborated this leak and says the Galaxy Note 9, model number SM-N960U, is indeed called “crown.”
At Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Samsung confirmed a “Galaxy Note 9” launch to ZDNet. The company’s also filed for a “Galaxy Note 9” trademark in Colombia. The trademark doesn’t mean a release is close, but it’s an important piece of the puzzle.
The Galaxy Note 9 has also been certified for launch in China well ahead of its expected launch date. The SM-N9600 and the SM-N9608 have both passed through the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The device is also starting to show up in benchmarks confirming potential features like a Snapdragon 835 chipset from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 835 also powers the Galaxy S9. Unsurprisingly, there will also be an Exynos-powered model.
The fact that Samsung’s working on a successor for the Galaxy Note 8 shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Samsung’s released a new Note model every year since 2011.
We don’t know a whole lot about the Galaxy Note 9 yet, but some of you still might want to consider holding out for this year’s Note flagship.
There are also a few reasons why you might not want to sit through several months of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors and speculation.
Wait for More Horsepower
If you want a ton of horsepower from your next smartphone, consider holding out for the Galaxy Note 9 launch later this year.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a powerful device, but if you need more, the Galaxy Note 9 will probably have what you’re looking for.
Galaxy Note 9 rumors are scarce, but you can expect the usual round of hardware upgrades: A more efficient processor (improved battery life, better gaming, etc), more RAM (the Galaxy S series got a bump this year), and some changes (a microphone?) to the Galaxy Note’s unique S Pen stylus.
In response to a question about the next Galaxy Note model, BJ Kang from Samsung Electronics’ Global Product Planning Group says the team is “already considering how to approach the development of the next Note by evaluating the latest model and looking for ways to improve upon signature features like the S Pen.”
Rumors point to Samsung bundling a brand new S Pen with the Galaxy Note 9 so if you aren’t a huge fan of the current experience, we suggest you wait for the next iteration.
Galaxy Note 9 rumors also point to a larger 3,850 mAh battery. The Galaxy Note 8 features a smaller 3300 mAh battery. There’s also chatter about a 4,000 mAh battery.
If you aren’t impressed with the hardware on the Galaxy Note 8 or this year’s Galaxy S9 flagships, you might want to take a raincheck and wait for Samsung’s Next Big Thing. It might have what you’re looking for.
Wait If You Want the Best Software
If you plan on keeping your next phone for several years, you might consider holding out for the Galaxy Note 9.
Samsung didn’t advertise this on stage during the Galaxy S9 launch event (and it probably won’t talk about it during the Galaxy Note 9 launch either), but these devices should receive at least two years of major Android OS upgrades and several more years of bug fixes and patches.
While you might be tempted to skip the Galaxy Note 9 and go with a cheaper alternative like the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S7, their software support will come to an end much faster than the Galaxy Note 9’s.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s hardware upgrades ensures the device will get feature-rich versions of Samsung’s upgrades for several years to come.
Samsung’s Android updates for older phones are often limited by their aging hardware.
We expect the Galaxy Note 9 to benefit from software upgrades to Android and Samsung’s Experience user interface. We expect some carry-over from the Galaxy S9’s software, and it will likely have some exclusive features of its own. Again, Samsung is reportedly hard at work on upgrades to the Note’s S Pen stylus.
Samsung appears to be testing Android 8.1, a newer version of Android Oreo, on the Galaxy Note 9. Last year, the Galaxy Note 8 launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
The company is reportedly working on tweaks to the software that might make the Experience UI less intensive on the Galaxy Note 9. This in turn could make the device’s software experience smoother.
According to mobile leaker Ice Universe, the Galaxy Note 9’s “UX design and interactive experience are worth the wait.” This implies that there will be some key upgrades to the company’s user interface.
If you plan on keeping your next phone for several years and you think you might want the latest features, fixes, and patches without having to install custom software, think about waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch.
Wait for Camera Improvements
If you aren’t thrilled with the cameras on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9, wait for the Galaxy Note 9.
Samsung’s hyped up the Galaxy S9 camera setup, but reviews are mixed. Critics are complaining about low light photos and bugs. That said, the new cameras do enable some perks like AR Emojis.
We haven’t seen any rumors emerge yet, but we expect Samsung to make some upgrades to the Galaxy Note 9’s camera hardware and software.
Last year, the Galaxy Note 8 trumped the Galaxy S8 with its secondary 12MP camera with telephoto lens that enables depth of field effects and lossless zooming.
We should see Galaxy Note 9 camera rumors emerge in the summer months so keep an eye out.
Wait for the Best Deals on the Best Phones
If you aren’t thrilled with the current prices of top of the line devices like the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9, or iPhone X, you might want to wait for the second half of 2018 to arrive.
Apple’s flagship models, the iPhone X and iPhone 8, are still expensive. We’ve seen some trade-in deals and occasional price cuts, but the deeper price cuts will come when iPhone 11 (and Galaxy Note 9 rumors) start to pick up this summer.
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 also commands a hefty price tag. However, as we approach the Galaxy Note 9 launch, retailers will likely slash the cost of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ (and other top of the line Android devices) to make them more appealing.
You won’t have to wait for the Galaxy Note 9 launch to get a deal. That said, you might have to wait until the end of summer to find the best deals on the best phones.
Wait for Bixby 2.0
If you’re an avid Bixby user this should be music to your ears.
If everything goes according to plan, Samsung will roll out Bixby 2.0 alongside the Galaxy Note 9 later this year. The confirmation comes from Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh.
Bixby 2.0 was originally announced last October during Samsung’s Developer Conference. Improvements include a more natural-sounding voice, an improved SDK, and availability on a new set of devices including speakers and refrigerators.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed an official release date, but Koh claims the company should be “able to unveil Bixby 2.0” when it launches the Galaxy Note 9.
If this pans out, the Galaxy Note 9 will likely one of (if not the first) the first Galaxy devices with Bixby 2.0 on board.
Bixby 2.0 will eventually make it onto other devices (like the Galaxy S9), but you’ll likely have to wait for Samsung to issue it with a major software update, probably Android 9.0 P. And if the roll out is anything like Oreo, that might mean waiting until the first half of 2019.
If you’re an avid Bixby user and you want the full capabilities of Bixby 2.0 right away, think about waiting for the Note 9.
Wait for a New Color
If you aren’t a huge fan of the current Galaxy Note color options, which include the likes of black, blue, and gold, you might want to wait for the Galaxy Note 9.
According to a report from China-based leaker Ice Universe, the Galaxy Note 9 will come in a brand new color. That color? Brown.
The color hasn’t leaked out so we don’t know if it’ll resemble the autumn brown the company’s used on previous phones.
The company delivered a purple Galaxy S9 option alongside black, blue, and gray models so there’s a chance it does something similar, be it brown or another color, when it launches the Galaxy Note 9.
Don’t Wait If You Can’t Wait Several Months
If you don’t think you can wait until August or September, don’t bother waiting around for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
We’re several months removed from the Galaxy Note 8 launch, but that doesn’t mean the Galaxy Note 9 launch is around the corner.
Right now it’s all about the Galaxy S series and the Galaxy S9. The Galaxy Note series typically doesn’t arrive until August or September, right around the time Apple launches its new iPhones. Samsung did launch the Galaxy S9 a little earlier than normal this year, but that doesn’t mean it’ll do the same with the Note.
We haven’t heard anything about an early launch in 2018 so you’ll likely have to wade through several months of unpredictable Galaxy Note 9 rumors before Samsung (and leaksters) confirm the Galaxy Note 9 and its feature set.
Current Galaxy Note 9 rumors claim production will start in June ahead of a launch in August.
Don’t Wait for a Drastically Different Design
If you’re hoping for a brand new design, one that differs quite a bit from the Galaxy Note 8’s form factor, don’t hold your breath.
Noted mobile leak artist Ice Universe has released what very well could be the first render of the Galaxy Note 9’s design.
In addition to the picture, he or she claims the Galaxy Note 9 design won’t change much from the Galaxy Note 8’s design.
The leakster adds that the Galaxy Note 9 is 2mm shorter than the Note 8, but nothing more that that. In fact, it looks like you won’t be able to “distinguish between them without careful observation”.
Nothing is confirmed, but if you aren’t a fan of the Galaxy Note 8 design, you might not want to wait for the Galaxy Note 9.
Don’t Wait for an Under-the-Display Fingerprint Sensor
It’s early, but Galaxy Note 9 rumors claim the device will have a feature the iPhone X and Galaxy S9 don’t have: A fingerprint sensor under the display.
The initial leak came from a source that’s shared rumors on Chinese site Weibo in the past and the latest comes from Chinese site ZOL.
Synaptics recently announced that fingerprint readers under smartphone displays would become the real deal in 2018 so there’s a chance the Galaxy Note series is among the first to use the technology. There’s also a chance the Galaxy Note 9 misses this feature.
A recent rumor out of Korea claims the Galaxy Note 9 might not come with this capability. We’re unfamiliar with the source, but a source we’re very familiar with agrees with this sentiment.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-respected analyst from KGI Securities, claims the Galaxy Note 9 is unlikely to feature a fingerprint sensor under the hood.
In a research note Kuo writes that “under-display fingerprint solutions may currently have many technical issues (e.g. screen protectors and different environments affecting recognition rates and power-consumption).”
This doesn’t rule it out, but Kuo is a believable source after correctly predicting many of Apple’s product launches over the years.
Another credible source, Ice Universe, also claims the Galaxy Note 9 won’t come with a fingerprint sensor under the display.
Samsung is reportedly going to make a decision on this soon, possibly by the end of the month, so it might be worth waiting a few more days to see how things shake up.
That said, if authenticating your identity with a simple press on your phone’s display sounds like something you’re interested in, you might have to wait until 2019 for the Galaxy S10.
Don’t Wait If You Find Something Else You Love
Don’t let Galaxy Note 9 rumors hold you back if you find a device you love. Be it the Galaxy Note 8 or another phone.
Most data plans allow you to upgrade to a new device after a year, when you trade in your phone. So if you were to buy a new device in the near future, say the Galaxy S9, you’d be able to pick up the Galaxy Note 9 or the Galaxy S10 in the early part of 2019.
There are a ton of excellent Galaxy Note 9 alternatives out on the market right now. One is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Before you decide to hold out for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, make sure you take a long look at the current model.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is several months old, but it’s still one of the top smartphones you can buy. And it’s getting better.
Samsung’s Note 8 a little bit cheaper than it once was and it’s getting upgraded with Android 8.0 Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0, Samsung’s new user interface.
The Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update brings a long list of upgrades to the device including Color Lens, an improved keyboard, and brand new emojis.
Make sure you go hands-on with the Galaxy Note 8 before you decide to start waiting for the Galaxy Note 9 launch.
You’ve also got top big-screen Android devices like Google’s Pixel 2 XL. It’s one of the best phones from 2017 and it’s definitely worth a look.
You’ve got the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ which were recently upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo and Samsung’s Experience 9.0 UI.
And if you aren’t married to buying a Galaxy phone, you should also take a look at Apple’s iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.
Don’t Wait for a Smaller Display
If you’re hoping for a Galaxy Note with a smaller display, don’t wait for the Galaxy Note 9. There’s a very good chance it’ll have an enormous display.
Unless Samsung changes direction, you can expect the Galaxy Note 9 to come with a massive 6+-inch display. The Galaxy Note 8’s display is 6.4-inches and we expect the Galaxy Note 9’s Infinity Display to be in and around that size.
If you want a flagship Samsung phone with a smaller display you’ll likely have to go with the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+. The Galaxy S9 display is 5.81-inches while the Galaxy S9+ display a little larger and measures in at 6.22-inches.
There’s an assortment of great small screen Android devices on the market though none of them come with support for the S Pen.