Samsung is readying the Galaxy Note 9 right now, according to new reports and latest rumors suggest a late July launch and early August release date, one month sooner than last year’s. The Note 9 will be a big deal because it’ll be a massively sized update to the Galaxy Note 8, and slightly bigger and better than the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. Besides the new features, some of us can’t wait to know the price of Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Apple has pushed smartphone prices even higher with its iPhone X. How will Samsung react? The answer may not be optimistic. Whenever the Note 9 does arrive it’s sure to be expensive. The Galaxy Note 8 retailed for $929/ £869/ AU$1,499 at launch and we can’t see any possibility that Samsung will lower the price for the Note 9. And the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, which launched around the world in March, had a price increase in most countries, so it only makes sense for Samsung to push its Note 9 higher.
With such a price, what features can we expect? There are some leaks and rumors which will give you a hint.
Samsung’s AI research center head Gray G. Lee has confirmed that Bixby 2.0 is coming to the Note 9. He promised that Bixby 2.0 will have better natural language processing, faster responses and better results in noisy environments.
In-screen fingerprint sensor
The in-screen fingerprint sensor will both be convenient and the sort of high tech. At present, it’s only featured in demo form or Vivo X21. After a long time waiting, will we see it on Note 9, a flagship phone? It’s sure Samsung is working on it, it’s just a question of whether it’s ready in time for the Note 9’s 2018 launch.
Two-day battery life
Samsung’s been conservative with the size of the battery in the Galaxy Note 8, understandably given what happened with the Note 7, but it’s meant that while the Note 8 should last you a day you’ll probably be plugging it in at night. And it doesn’t charge as fast as earlier fast charging Samsung phones either. That may have been a safety precaution as well, but if Samsung can find a way to deliver two-day life and truly fast charging with the Note 9, without risking an inferno, we’d be very happy.
Even less bezel
The front of the Galaxy Note 8 is almost all screen, but there’s still a sliver of bezel at the top and bottom. It’s best that Samsung reduces or removes that for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, perhaps along the lines of the Essential Phone or the iPhone X.
Only wait another two months, we will know the answer and how high-tech it will be.