Samsung already confirmed the Galaxy Note 9 in October 2017.
It’s a similar move as OnePlus, where the co-founders often publish blog posts revealing certain details and features before their new models are released.
However, Samsung didn’t reveal very much at all about its upcoming device in its own post. I suppose it acts as a reassurance that Galaxy Note fans can expect a follow-up to the Galaxy Note 8.
Unfortunately, the rumor mongers out there don’t have very much to reveal about the Galaxy Note 9, either. Still, a few hints show us where we can expect the biggest improvements in the upcoming Galaxy Note 9. I’d still be wary about any rumors or hints that don’t come from Samsung itself.
Check out what we know about the Galaxy Note 9:
1. The Galaxy Note 9 could have an invisible fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the display.
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This is the biggest rumor about the Galaxy Note 9 so far. Various sources, including a historically reliable gadgets leaker only known as “Ice Universe,” have said the Galaxy Note 9 will feature an invisible fingerprint scanner underneath the display.
However, Korean news site The Investor doesn’t support these rumors, saying “It is not, however, expected to feature an in-screen fingerprint sensor.”
Contradicting rumors suggests the feature is still in the air for the Galaxy Note 9.
2. A new Samsung skin over Android.
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Ice Universe mentioned a “Crown UX,” which suggests the Galaxy Note 9 might come with a brand-new skin, which Samsung uses to differentiate its smartphones from other Android devices.
It’s not clear if the Crown UX will be a major overhaul of the current Experience UX skin that Samsung uses on the Galaxy S9. The Galaxy Note skins are usually a little different to Galaxy S skins to accommodate features designed around the S-Pen stylus.
3. Samsung said the S-Pen will be improved.
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Samsung said in an interview (with itself in its own newsroom blog) that it’s looking to improve the S-Pen in the Galaxy Note 9. The company didn’t go into specifics, which is unfortunate as we’d expect improvements in any new model.
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