But if you thought any of that would stop rumours circulating for the Galaxy Note 9, you were wrong. Here's all the speculation surrounding the 2018 Galaxy Note 9, rumoured to be codenamed "Crown".
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Release date
- Not expected until end of summer
- Likely to launch in August with availability in September
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The Samsung Galaxy Note series launches in the latter half of the year by tradition. The Galaxy Note 9 is therefore not expected to arrive until late summer 2018.
Its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 8, was revealed on 23 August 2017 and hit shelves on 15 September, with the disastrous Note 7 launching around a similar time.
We'd therefore expect the Note 9 to be available around the middle of September 2018, though no specific dates have been rumoured as yet and nor are they likely to be for a few months.
A model number has also leaked - SM-N960U. The current Note 8 has the model number SM-N950U (at least in the US that's its model number; the UK Note 8 model we have is SM-N950F which has a Samsung Exynos processor).
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Design
- Fingerprint sensor could be embedded beneath display
- New S Pen likely
- Premium and waterproof build expected
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features a metal and glass build with a dual-edge design, a dual-rear camera and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
It similarly-styled Galaxy S8 and S8+ and S9 and S9+ but it has a wider stance and as Note users will expect, it has a built-in S Pen, which we'd expect to be even more sensitive than before - this seens to be the way with stylii these days.
Certainly, Samsung is planning S Pen improvements, as according to this interview with Samsung execs.
As you know, the Galaxy S9 looks very much like the S8, so don't expect anything drastically different in the Galaxy Note 9. Graphic designer Muhsin M. Belaal Auckburaully, has created some rather stunning concept artwork of what the Note 9 could look like:
Expect very slim bezels at the top and bottom of the display for an almost all-screen front, along with a premium build. We're not expecting a "notch" like the iPhone X, upcoming iPhone XI and others - that just doesn't appear to be something that Samsung is prepared to countenance.
Some reports have suggested the Note 9 will feature a fingerprint sensor embedded within the display rather than continue with the slightly awkward rear-mounted positioning found on the S8, S8+ and Note 8 and the under-the-camera placement on the S9 and S9+.
We should expect display fingerprint and 3850mAh Galaxy Note9— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) 23 March 2018
We really want a fingerprint reader in the display, but at the moment there are so many conflicting reports, some saying it will happen and others saying it won't.
The Korea Herald is the latest publication to say the Note 9 will be getting an in-display fingerprint sensor, with an unnamed source saying: "Samsung Display has prepared three or four solutions for Samsung Electronics to embed the fingerprint sensor inside of the main display, and both are seriously considering one of the solutions."
Much as we'd like to see it, we still think it's unikely.
Also expect the Note 9 to be IP68 water and dust resistant as its predecessor is and as is expected of flagship devices now.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Display
- 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display likely
- 18.5:9 aspect ratio will probably stay
- Resolution could increase
The Galaxy Note series is Samsung's big-screened device and it always has been so this isn't likely to change anytime soon. It was the series that made phablets fashionable after all, so fashionable that no one even bothers to call them phablets anymore, with them sliding into the "norm" for phones these days.
Traditionally, the Note series came with a 5.7-inch display, but that all changed with the Note 8, which pushed a new size of 6.3-inches, fractionally larger than the Galaxy S8+. It was only the screen size that saw the jump though, with the Note 8 offering a very similar footprint to the previous 5.7-inch devices thanks to the new 18.5:9 aspect ratio compared to the standard 16:9.
We'd expect the Note 9 to stick to the same ratio, probably the same given the S9 and S9+ stick with the 5.8 and 6.2-inches of the S8 and S8+.
Twitter user @MMDDJ reckons the screen size will increase to 6.4-inches, up from 6.3-inches on the Note 8. This snippet of information has come from Chinese social site Weibo, which is so often the source of many smartphone leaks.
The slight increase in screen real estate may come from even slimmer bezels, or the overall size of the phone may need to increase.
We'd also expect Mobile HDR to be on board the Note 9 as on the previous devices, as well as a Super AMOLED panel for rich and vibrant colours.
In terms of resolution, there is always the possibility of an increase and no doubt we will see rumours suggesting a 4K resolution for the Note 9 at some point over the few months. For now, there are no reports speculating what the Note 9's resolution will be but expect it to be at least the same as the Note 8, which is 2960 x 1440 pixels for a pixel density of 522ppi.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Camera
- Dual rear camera likely to remain
- Improvements expected
- Iris scanning also expected
The Galaxy Note 8 was the first Samsung device to offer a dual-rear camera setup, despite competitors jumping on the bandwagon a long time beforehand, including Huawei, LG and Apple.
Could the Note 9 be the same as the Huawei P20 Pro and feature a triple camera? Or will it stick with two?
Our money is on two. We'd also expect the dual-camera setup on the Note 9 to be the same format as the Note 8 with one telephoto lens and one wide-angle rather than Samsung switching to Huawei's format which includes an RGB sensor and a monochrome sensor instead.
It's possible the Note 9 will feature a similar camera to that of the S9 duo, which has a variable f/1.5 - f/2.4 aperture.
The Note 8 brought dual optical image stabilisation to the party, which was a first for dual-cameras on smartphones so no doubt that will be on board the Note 9 as well with some improvements.
It is not yet clear whether Samsung will increase the resolution of its rear cameras or the front-facing camera, but no doubt there will be some processing enhancements for the new device even if the megapixels don't see a jump.
An interview published by Samsung Newsroom said the camera was one of the main features people buy a Note for and therefore it is likely the company will continue to place close attention to it.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Hardware
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or latest Exynos chip expected
- At least 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage expected
- Focus on audio likely
The Samsung Galaxy Note is a flagship device and therefore flagship specs are pretty much a given, even if we don't yet know what these might be.
As with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, we are expecting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor inside the Note 9 too, with some models opting for the latest Samsung Exynos instead depending on region.
The Note 8 has 6GB of RAM under its hood so we'd expect the Note 9 to have at least this, along with at least 64GB of storage (maybe 128GB) and microSD support for storage expansion.
Twitter user Ice Universe has said the Note 9 will get a 3,850mAh or 4,000mAh battery, a big improvement over the Note 8's 3300mAh cell. We'd expect the Note 9 to have USB Type-C for charging and both Quick Charging and wireless charging supported.
You could also put money on the Note 9 placing some focus on audio, especially considering Samsung's acquisition of Harman and the fact that the S9, S9+ and Note 8 all came with AKG headphones in their boxes. The S9 features Dolby Atmos-enhanced audio. so expect that, too.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Software
- Android Oreo and TouchWiz probable
The Galaxy Note 9 is likely to arrive on Android Oreo with Samsung's TouchWiz software over the top.
Koh said that Bixby 2.0 is currently being tested by around 800 partners and so will be able to support a "wider scope of voice assistant features".
He added that Samsung wants Bixby 2.0 to evolve within its own ecosystem of products too, and as such, the company plans to launch a Bixby-enabled TV next month and has already confirmed a Bixby-enabled smart speaker will launch in the second half of 2018.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Conclusion
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is still a long time from launch meaning there isn't much to go on as yet, though this will no doubt change over the coming months, especially now we have the Galaxy S9 and S9+ around.
We will update this feature as soon as any rumours or reports appear surrounding the Note 9 but for now, don't expect anything official until the end of the summer.