The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will reportedly be revealed in August, and if reports are to be believed, the upcoming phablet would be massive in both size and upgrades. Specifically, the Galaxy Note 9 camera is expected to be a big improvement over the last generation.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 was the first smartphone from the company to sport a dual camera setup. However, to stay on par with Sony, the Korean company further improved its camera technology in the Galaxy S smartphones. Thus, it is widely expected that the company would introduce the same tech in this year’s Galaxy Note 9 camera as well.
Further, a recent report from Bloomberg claims that the Galaxy Note 9 camera on the back would get significant improvements. The report suggests that the Korean company will upgrade its flagship camera twice in one year. Samsung had already upgraded the camera in the S9. The Galaxy S9’s dual aperture camera is a remarkable offering, but according to Bloomberg, the improved Galaxy Note 9 camera will be the highlight of the launch event for the phablet.
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Though there is no doubt that the Galaxy S9 has an excellent camera, improving it further with the Note 9 will be a bold step, sending a strong message to rivals including Apple and Google, which will launch their this year’s flagships soon. Possibly, the improved dual-lens camera would include the HDR video, a feature that was left out of the Galaxy S9 phones.
Talking of the processor, the Bloomberg report claims that the upcoming phablet would get Qualcomm’s latest chipset. The upcoming gadget would likely be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chip, which is not only fast but efficient as well. An earlier report from The Korea Herald claims that the company could also integrate the NPU (neural processing unit) in the Note 9. The NPU would be an AI chip, something that Apple and Huawei have started using in their handsets.
Further, rumors are that the company would include a massive 3,800mAh power pack in the Note 9, compared to 3,300mAh in the Note 8. Samsung is known for adding new features to the S Pen stylus with every launch, so the same is expected this time as well. Also, there would be an improved Bixby assistant as well.
There are several conflicting reports on one of the most-awaited features – the under-display fingerprint scanner. Such a feature would address the issues faced by users when unlocking the phone using the rear-mounted sensor. Some reports are saying that Samsung will finally adopt this feature, while others say that the users will have to wait a year more to get the feature on the Samsung gadgets. Rumors of the virtual fingerprint recognition have been there since before the release of the Galaxy S8/S8+.
Further, the handset is expected to come with 6GB of RAM and run on Android 8.1. Also, there are talks that the company could push the top variant to 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. There are chances that the handset would be made from new material. The Korean company recently trademarked a material – “Metal 1,” which is both strong and light.
Talking of its release date, a recent report from Bloomberg claims that this year’s Unpacked event will be held a bit earlier than usual. Bloomberg claims that Samsung will unveil the device in an event on August 9 so that the device could ship towards the end of August. An August launch would also give the handset some lead before Apple reveals its new phones in September.
Samsung’s “Unpacked” event, which will be held in New York, would be about two weeks earlier than last year’s launch. One source, however, did tell Bloomberg that the company could still change plans.
Separately, Samsung recently launched its latest handset – the S8 Light Luxury. The handset includes flagship features at a comparatively lower price. The S8 Light Luxury is currently available only in China, while the global launch is still not known.
So far, it has been a busy year for the Korean company. Samsung has already launched a mid-range A8 and the flagship Galaxy S9. The new budget J6 would be made available this summer, and now, if the Bloomberg report is true, the Galaxy Note 9 would come in August.