Early Galaxy Note 9 release may be due to Samsung’s accelerated schedule

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Samsung released the Galaxy S9 a month before the Galaxy S8 came out last year and that move has paid dividends for the company. While it’s common for us to hear reports about an early release for upcoming Samsung flagships, it seems plausible this time around because a precedent has already been set.

Another report out of South Korea claims that there’s going to be an early Galaxy Note 9 release due to Samsung’s accelerated release schedule. It’s said that Samsung is speeding up the release schedule for its flagship smartphones ahead of the launch of the much-awaited foldable smartphone next year.

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This isn’t going to the be the last report we hear about a possible early Galaxy Note 9 release. One report from a couple of months ago claimed that Samsung will release its flagship phablet ahead of schedule to make up for less-than-stellar sales of the Galaxy S9. That report claimed that the Galaxy Note 9 could be out by late July or early August.

Industry sources cited in the latest report claim that Samsung Display has started mass production of the 6.38-inch display panel for the Galaxy Note 9 in April, meaning that the company has started display production two months before it did for the Galaxy Note 8 last year. The late July and early August release timeframe has been reiterated in this report which also claims that the below expectation sales of the Galaxy S9 are one of the reasons why Samsung will make this decision.

The report also echoes recent speculation that the Galaxy S10 is going to be launched in January next year. Samsung is actually expected to unveil the handset at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in early January because it apparently wants to use the Mobile World Congress 2019 slot for the much-rumored foldable smartphone. It’s said that the company has accelerated its flagship release schedule for the next year in order to find a slot to debut the foldable device.

The early launch of the Galaxy S9 this year does make it seem plausible that this will play out as reported but it’s still too soon to be sure about the timeframe. Things should become more clear in the coming months. What are your thoughts on an accelerated release timeframe for Samsung’s upcoming premium devices? Let us know in the comments below.

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JSH1973
4 days 6 hours ago
JSH1973

If it’s only 2mm smaller, camera from S9+ and bit bigger battery then I can’t see it selling well, big chunk of Note fans upgrade with each new version but I doubt many will from the Note8 segment

smartybones
3 days 23 hours ago
smartybones

maybe not, but there are bejillions of people that wanted the note 7 and opted for the s7 or s7edge on 24 month contracts when the batteries were exploding…..

myself, I keep going to take the stylus out on my edge7,,,, so am looking forward to the note 9…

preime101
5 days 4 hours ago
preime101

I have a suspicion they are pushing to have 3 flagship launch windows a year. The S series in March the Note series in August and a as yet unnamed (possibly folding?) series in November to hit the Christmas trade and take wind out of Apple’s sails.

fcaroll
5 days 4 hours ago
fcaroll

To me accelerated schedule is just silly. Much more pain for the environment is not needed nor we need to upgrade every year or less as long as our phone beat many PCs as power is concerned. But of course is much much simpler to make a new phone than (thrivial example) engineering a decent removable battery design (sarcasm here)

martindale
5 days 3 hours ago
martindale

There has been no acceleration in the common understanding of the word. They have progressed at the same rate, they just have not gone as far hence it requires less time. That’s an iterative update for you.

stondec
5 days 7 hours ago
stondec

Release the beast already. I love 😍 my Note 8 but wish it had better battery, IR blaster, in-display fingerprint scanner and 500 GB of internal storage. Looking forward to the Note 9 (which will likely not have any of those features.

mihaelallen123
5 days 4 hours ago
mihaelallen123

IR blaster will never be there again. Samsung is pushing the IoT using the Samsung Connect. So IR blaster will never make a come back sadly

martindale
5 days 3 hours ago
martindale

If that’s true then they are missing the point, which is that most office (and home) environments still have a long lasting legacy of IR controlled devices – projectors, AirCon, TV, etc. They are not about to be upgraded to suit Samsung’s whims. Wifi, bluetooth, NFC, whatever, they are all redundant and useless when faced with trying to control the typical office projector.

SteveTud
4 days 23 hours ago
SteveTud

IR blaster would sell the phone by its self

Biransahin
5 days 9 hours ago
Biransahin

We have Note8 devices in our firm and were thinking to wait for Note10 instead of upgrading yearly. Depending on what’s on the 9 we will see.

M0987
5 days 9 hours ago
M0987

Me thinks all this rushing means that samsung wants to have this generation of phones to be done with so that they can reboot the entire s and note line next year

Bobbingalong
5 days 9 hours ago
Bobbingalong

I think this is a the case and the S9 & note 9 was pretty much the Iphone 7 phase for apple in anticipation for the iphone x.

Also given the fact changes to the phone are minimal at best from last year and for the note 9 I doubt there will be much changed from that of the s9+

so taking this into account I doubt they need to have that much R&D/build time for this year’s phone releases.

Plus i bet samsung is fully stretched with making the s10 great and the foldable phone ready for next year

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