Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 leaked yet again earlier today, having been depicted in over two dozen protective case renders attached to accessories sold by MobileFun. The images that can be seen in the gallery below are perfectly in line with numerous previous sightings of the device, revealing an iterative design that's essentially indistinguishable from the Galaxy Note 8, save for having a repositioned fingerprint reader that's now sitting below the handset's dual-camera setup instead of flanking it from the right.
The renders also show a glimpse at the brown variant of the Galaxy Note 9 that's rumored to be advertised as "Teddy Brown" in addition to re-confirming that a physical Bixby button is still part of the package. Samsung's next flagship release should debut alongside Bixby 2.0, the first major update to the AI assistant that promises to be more conversational, offer faster response times, and have a wider array of capabilities, with IoT interoperability reportedly being one of the company's focus points while developing the new iteration of the digital helper. While the Galaxy Note 9 will unsurprisingly launch alongside a wide variety of new first- and third-party cases, including the ones seen here, one industry insider yesterday claimed the overall physical footprint of the device is nearly identical to that of the Galaxy Note 8 to the point that the latter's cases can be used with the former.
The phablet is still said to feature a slightly larger, 6.4-inch screen with smaller bezels, with other improvements including a 128GB storage space base, newer chips, and AI improvements to the default Camera app, as well as a better S Pen that will have Bluetooth capabilities this time around, allowing users to utilize it as a remote control for music and video playback, presentation, and even select games. The Galaxy Note 9 will be officially announced on Thursday, with Samsung being expected to release it in late August following a short pre-order period running for some two weeks.