The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in black, blue, and brown. Launch promotions likely to include a smartwatch, earbuds, and a charger.
Decent images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 had been few and far between, although that did change recently after AndroidHeadlines published one render showcasing a very clear view of the front of the device. Since then, a number of new renders and even some photos have come through. Now, AndroidHeadlines can provide an even clearer view of the front and the back of the device, as well as confirming a number of its color options.
The image above was shared with AndroidHeadlines by a reliable source and does provide a good look at the front of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the back of the phone, and also the S Pen stylus. In addition to confirming the Galaxy Note 9 will be available in black, brown, and blue (following on from the purple variant which leaked late last week), although Samsung is likely to name them slightly differently – for example, Midnight Black, Coral or Deep Sea Blue, and Teddy Brown. As for the S Pen, consistent with a previous leak, the S Pen color might not necessarily be the same as the main device body, as this leak confirms the use of a yellow and gold S Pen with the blue model. There has also been the suggestion the S Pen may arrive as a Bluetooth-enabled gadget this time around. While not confirmed, this latest leak seems to be highlighting a number of promotions that are likely to be offered when the Galaxy Note 9 finally launches. As the image does show the Galaxy Note 9 along with the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, the Gear IconX earbuds, and the fast charge wireless charging stand. It remains to be seen whether Samsung will be running deals that effectively give either of these additional devices away for free with the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, or whether they will be sold as bundled packages. Though it does seem likely these three additions will be central to the launch promotions for the Galaxy Note 9.
The image itself does not suggest any major new information and instead reconfirms many of the suggestions already made. For example, the fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device has been moved to a more central location beneath the camera module. While also confirming the Galaxy Note 9 will follow on from last year's model by including a dual rear camera setup, although based on the sizes of the lenses shown, there will be a slight difference in this dual camera setup compared to last year's model. The front of the device will seemingly be less different due to the inclusion of another edge-to-edge "Infinity Display," with the only notably hardware positioned along the top bezel and being consistent with expectations: FFC, iris scanner, earpiece, proximity sensors, and LED flash.
The information on the specs remains unchanged, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 expected to feature a 6.4-inch display along with a 2,960 by 1,440 resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Inside, the Galaxy Note 9 should arrive with a minimum of 6GB RAM, a minimum of 64GB storage, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC – at least in the U.S. It's also expected the Galaxy Note 9 will come with a greater-capacity battery compared to its predecessor with the mAh value having been upped to 4,000. Besides the dual camera setup on the back, an 8-megapixel camera should be included on the front. Much of the rest of the phone is expected to remain the same as the Galaxy Note 8, Which is a point that applies to the design and the phablet in general, as with the exception of the repositioning of the fingerprint sensor and the slight deviation in the camera module, it seems likely the Galaxy Note 9 is not going to offer much in the way of new design traits. Therefore, it probably is to be expected Samsung is going to place more of a focus on software tweaks this year. In either case, August 9 is the date when the Galaxy Note 9 will be unmasked, its specs, features and design confirmed, as well as firm pricing and availability revealed. In the meantime, you can keep up to date on all the latest Galaxy Note 9 rumors and leaks with the Note 9 preview.