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 S9 should 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 release 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 a model powered by Samsung’s in-house Exynos processor.
There’s also talk of an early launch date. Nothing is confirmed, but it sure sounds like we’ll see the Galaxy Note 9 before IFA 2018 in late August.
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’re starting to see Galaxy Note 9 rumors firm up which means 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.
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.