This guide will take you through some reasons why you should, and shouldn’t, wait for the rumored 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 upcoming Galaxy S9 should be on your shopping list.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 are cheaper than they once were and they’ll soon get upgraded to Samsung’s Android 8.0 Oreo update. Android 8.0 Oreo is bringing a long list of new features, enhancements, fixes, and patches along with it.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 launch is confirmed for late February and the devices are expected to go on sale a few weeks after their debut in Barcelona, Spain.
These devices should have your attention, but don’t forget about the other Galaxy flagship Samsung’s reportedly working on for 2018.
Should You Wait for the Galaxy Note 9?
Developers digging through Samsung’s leaked Galaxy Note 8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta build have 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.
The fact that Samsung’s working on a successor to the Galaxy Note 8 shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Samsung’s released a new Note model every year since 2011 and its shown no signs of slowing down.
We don’t know a whole lot about the Galaxy Note 8 yet, but some of you might want to consider holding out for this year’s Note flagship.
There are also some very good reasons why you might not want to sit through several months of Galaxy Note 9 rumors and speculation.
There are some excellent (and affordable) devices on the market right now, and the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are just days away from their highly anticipated launch.
Wait If You Want the Best Software Support
If you plan on keeping your next phone for several years, you might consider holding out for the Galaxy Note 9.
Samsung probably won't advertise this on stage during the Galaxy S9 launch event or the Galaxy Note 9 launch for that matter, 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 likely 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 user interface, again we expect some carry-over from the Galaxy S9, and it could very well have some exclusive features of its own.
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 Galaxy Note 9.