A rumour-spinner has cast light on why Samsung may have decided against carrying the most significant design feature it introduced on the Galaxy S9 over to the Galaxy Note 9 – and the reason might surprise you.
Galaxy Note 8
The Galaxy S8 was a fantastic smartphone, but it had one shortcoming: the fingerprint reader was housed in a horrendous location. Samsung fixed that with the Galaxy S9, nestling the sensor in the center beneath the new vertical camera.
But that design feature won’t be carried over to the Galaxy Note 9 and that’s because it would take up far too much space, according to Ice Universe, the most reliable sources of information from inside the walls of Samsung’s Korean HQ.
It’s not difficult to see why Samsung might struggle to find the space to mount the camera lengthways: the Galaxy Note 9 is tipped to feature the range’s largest battery to date and some space has to kept free to house the retractable S Pen.
By mounting the camera on a straight plane, the firm can bundle a larger cell in the handset – somewhere between 3850 and 4000mAh, if the latest rumours are to be believed – as outlined in the render Ice Universe supplied on Monday, June 11.
Over the weekend, a render of a protective case set to launch alongside the Galaxy Note 9 surfaced and it unearthed another interesting design choice – the device has new hardware button on the left-hand side, though its function is unclear.
The computer-generated graphic also corroborated recent reports claiming that, while Samsung decided to keep the horizontal camera setup that debuted on the Galaxy Note 8, it has rethought the positioning of the fingerprint reader.
Its original plan was to hide the sensor under the screen, but it was forced to shelve that idea as the tech wasn’t ready in time for its manufacturing deadline, so it had to enforce plan B – center-remounting the sensor below the camera.
Under the hood, the Galaxy Note 9 is expected to tote a 6.3-inch edge-to-edge Infinity Display, a Snapdragon 845 CPU and at least 6GB of RAM, all enclosed in an aluminium-and-glass frame that’s near-identical to that of the Galaxy Note 8.