The Colombian division of Samsung Electronics filed to trademark the term "Note 9" on Monday, with its application subsequently being spotted by Dutch tech blog Galaxy Club. The filing clearly associates the term with consumer electronics and smartphones in particular, thus most likely referring to the successor to the Galaxy Note 8. The Seoul-based tech giant is also looking to protect the term in the context of batteries, chargers, and type covers for both handsets and tablets, as revealed by the same application. The next addition to the Galaxy Note family is widely expected to be advertised as the Galaxy Note 9, with Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh recently suggesting the company won't consider rebranding any of its ultra-premium offerings before 2019.
With the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus only being officially released earlier today, not much is known about the next S Pen-equipped phablet from Samsung. While speaking at this year's edition of Mobile World Congress late last month, Mr. Koh said he expects Bixby 2.0 to be ready for a widespread release in time for the Galaxy Note 9 but didn't clarify whether the next version of the firm's digital assistant is planned for a simultaneous global release or if it will initially debut in South Korea before making its way to other markets, much like the original Bixby did last year. The Galaxy Note 9 also isn't likely to sport an in-screen fingerprint reader, according to recent analyst predictions. Samsung has been working on commercializing such an authentication solution for numerous years now but may not be able to resolve its issues with yield rates, scanning accuracy, and other technical difficulties before 2019.
Much like the Galaxy S9 lineup, the Galaxy Note 9 is likely to deliver a refined take on the design formula of its direct predecessor while mostly focusing on internal improvements in terms of photography, energy efficiency, and AI computing. Samsung is expected to once again start experimenting with radical redesigns of its mobile offerings next year.