Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 is still more than two weeks away from its official announcement but the first clones of the Android flagship have already been spotted in the wild, with an unboxing video starring one such device recently surfacing on Russian social media platform VK. The clip that can be seen below shows a copy of the Midnight Black variant of the Galaxy Note 9 whose retail packaging is extremely similar to the one Samsung used for the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9 lineups, though the writing on the box doesn't have a silver-plated effect that the company has been using for several years now.
As first noted by Twitter leaker known only by their handle "SamsungMobile.News," the box itself also doesn't mention AKG-tuned stereo speakers and features a number of other discrepancies that suggest the newly leaked video doesn't show the actual Galaxy Note 9. Samsung's mobile products are believed to be the most cloned smartphones on the planet and Chinese copycat factories often manage to deliver knockoff devices even before the South Korean tech giant announces the gadgets they're modeled after, which has been particularly easy for them to do this year as neither the Galaxy S9 series nor the Galaxy Note 9 one represent a major design departure from their direct predecessors.
Samsung's next Android-powered phablet will be announced on August 9, with recent rumors pointing to a two-week pre-order period and a global release scheduled for August 24. The handset is expected to debut alongside a new wireless charger capable of refilling two devices simultaneously, as well as a 4,000mAh battery and a new implementation of Android 8.1 Oreo called Samsung Experience 9.5 which is expected to launch alongside Bixby 2.0, a new version of Samsung's AI assistant boasting improved response times and new functionalities. The Galaxy Note 9 should start at around $960 unlocked, depending on the market, just like its predecessor did.
This #Note9 Box is FAKE
1. The "9" is different
2. "Secured by Knox" is missing
3. dual aperture specs are missing
4. there won't be a 64GB ROM version
5. in front of the cam specs is "Super Speed" missing
6. "Stereo Speaker tuned by AKG" is also missing
Left (real) right (fake) pic.twitter.com/5iPrQjFBFM
— SamsungMobile.News | Max (@Samsung_News_) July 23, 2018