The most premium variant of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 may feature 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage space, known industry insider from China said earlier today, asserting users may see that memory configuration if they’re “lucky.” While the source in question has a largely positive track record with leaks related to Samsung’s products, the wording of their latest statement indicates the aforementioned specs haven’t yet been decided on and are only being considered by the South Korean tech giant. The base model of the Galaxy Note 9 is still expected to debut with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB of storage space, much like its predecessor did last year.
The same insider previously said Samsung will introduce at least one new smartphone color with the Galaxy Note 9 lineup, with its official name being “Teddy Brown,” thus indicating the Seoul-based phone maker will be delivering a brown Android flagship for the first time since 2013 and the Galaxy S4. The upcoming phablet is expected to utilize the same chips the Galaxy S9 series does, i.e. feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China, as well as Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 in other markets. A microSD card slot should also be part of the package, supporting up to 2TB of additional storage, though consumer-ready solutions are still capped at 400GB. The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to retain the dual-camera setup of its predecessor but it remains to be seen whether Samsung delivers another variable-aperture lens like it did with the Galaxy S9 family. An in-display fingerprint reader likely won’t be included, with Samsung reportedly still working on refining an ultrasonic take on such a solution and planning on commercializing it with the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus early next year.
The company’s next Android flagship should debut with a significantly improved version of its artificial intelligence assistant which it’s provisionally referring to as Bixby 2.0, Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh said earlier this year. No firm release dates have yet been attached to the Galaxy Note 9, though the phablet is widely expected to launch in late August or early September, most likely at this year’s IFA trade show, with the Galaxy Note 8 being announced at the same Berlin, Germany-based event last year.