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Galaxy Note 9 release reportedly delayed due to design change

We’ve been hearing reports over the past few weeks that the Galaxy Note 9 release will take place earlier than its predecessor due to Samsung’s accelerated schedule. It was expected that the next flagship phablet may be out by late July or early August.

That may not be the case, though, if a new report out of South Korea is believed. A last minute design change ordered by Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong will reportedly result in the Galaxy Note 9 release being delayed by two weeks.

Galaxy Note 9 release

It was reported earlier this month that Samsung Display has started mass production of the 6.38-inch display panel for the Galaxy Note 9 in April. This meant that it had started mass production a full two months before it did for the Galaxy Note 8 in 2017.

That report lined up with the expectation that the Galaxy Note 9 release will take place ahead of schedule, not to mention the fact that Samsung already set a precedent this year by releasing the Galaxy S9 a month before the Galaxy S8.

A report out of South Korea now claims that Samsung is reducing the thickness of the display glass by 0.5mm at the last minute on the directions of its Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong. The display glass is the layer on top of the OLED panel which protects it and also serves as the users’ input source.

The change is believed to be a result of the vice chairman’s recent trip to a smartphone distribution center in China where he played around with Oppo and Vivo handsets that also use Samsung Display’s OLED panels. He found that those handsets felt much better to grip in the hand compared to the Galaxy Note series.

Samsung rarely adjusts the specifications of an upcoming flagship device this close to launch but it’s believed to have made this change for the Galaxy Note 9 on the directions of its vice chairman who wants the display glass on the new flagship to be a bit thinner.

It seems that the Galaxy Note 9’s display glass won’t be as thick as the Galaxy S9. Perhaps Samsung previously opted for the same thickness for the Galaxy Note 9 as well but when the vice chairman looked at some of the competitors’ devices, he felt that Samsung could opt for a thinner display glass to make the device feel more comfortable in the handset.

Given that the Galaxy Note 9 is expected to feature the largest-ever panel size of 6.38-inch, any improvement that makes the handset more comfortable to use will certainly be appreciated by fans.

The Galaxy Note 9 release is now said to be delayed by up to two weeks as the relevant part is modified and tested before mass production. Samsung hasn’t confirmed any of this so far, though.

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alastairgreen_Nexus
alastairgreen_Nexus

Very good, i hope that the Note 9 will be even more impressive!

mikedgolf40505
mikedgolf40505

Hey folks, I’m new to the community and hoping you can help answer a question for me. I just upgraded from a Note 4 to a Note 8 after dropping the 4 and the front glass shattering. How is the durability on the Note 8 for those that own one.

warlockba
warlockba

Everything above Note 4 / S5 generation is as durable as a glass of water. It’s glass entirely … in one word: poor.

DoctorKDS
DoctorKDS

Have dropped my Note 8 multiple times without any screen problems. The key is to have a good case. Without a case you are asking for it to be broken.

Shenoysiddhant
Shenoysiddhant

Thin or not doesn’t matter just want it to be better than the s9 when it comes to durability

Nicque
Nicque

I am really looking up to Note 9 hope they don’t mess it like Note 7 fiasco!! No stupid Notch please…

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Well, samsung updated their Facebook to advertise the new Sunrise Gold option. It was announced for the UK but I decided to check anyway…
Samsung has released the 256GB S9+ Hybrid SIM Card slot for people in the UK
And has also launched a specialist support service called Samsung Stars! Where’s your report on this?!

stondec
stondec

Yeah, give us that IR blaster and in-display fingerprint scanner.

jelly bean
jelly bean

A thinner glass? I am fine with them having a thinner glass if it is as durable
A thicker glass is certainly stronger in most cases if the type of glass used are the same
Good luck when you drop the note9 if that’s the case

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Say what?!! Does it mean making it wider (2mm at least), without a glass back and instead a truely nice and “premium” ruggerised back similar to LG V10, Moto X pure, blackberry key 1 or even an improved plastic back like in Note 4 even if doesn’t come with removable battery? Also a bigger battery of 4000mAh not like the rumours have been saying of just 3850 mAh. Maybe a flat screen variant together with a edge variant for those who adore the curve screen. I’m really, really, really hoping they are not even considering a notch. The Note series… Read more »

martindale
martindale

Ha! Here’s hoping he made an executive decision in favour of including an IR blaster and a replaceable battery. Ok, dream on buddy! Maybe even a flat screen? Downvotes incoming in 3 – 2 – 1…

C F
C F

Well if you have a smart tv with optional smartphone app theres no need as newer builds of peel support much more then samsungs home automation bastard love child

martindale
martindale

Smart TV? Is that the limit of your use for the IR blaster? I was talking about the Note, a business orientated device, not some bling-tastic fashion accessory phone! Most workplaces have projectors, a/c units, etc, most of which are IR controlled. Most hotel room TVs are IR controlled. And so on.

warlockba
warlockba

Don’t even bother … I am preaching that for more than 3 years now, nobody really understands … and if you add to that removable battery, you will be seen as the Antichrist …
I am really wondering what people use their phones nowadays except facebook and instagram …
Even those maintaining that the new Note phones are corporate phones, obviously never tried to cram more than one word per line on these new long displays; it’s like a soap bar …

martindale
martindale

This is the problem. Unless the Note is defined and specified around a purpose distinct from the purpose of an S-series, then what is it? Just an S-series with a stylus and squarer corners. Why bother?

C F
C F

Sounds like a person who would think wm10 continum was a great idea even though type c was ahead of its time

hypersonic20
hypersonic20

The Note series is the apple of the eye for Samsung .. Its the only series where they can make up for their mistakes coming from the S series . I hope they are doing the right thing and hopefully avoid the stupid notch …. Making the glass thinner would make it more fragile and yet trouble some for some rash users …..

santeripe
santeripe

There has to be some sort of downside to making the glass thinner, right? It wouldn’t make sense for them to keep using thicker glass on the S9 if they could make the phone thinner without compromises by making the glass thinner.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

The s9 and s9+ does feel chunky in the hand. Especially compared to the s8.

It’s even worst when you have a case on the s9s

Biransahin
Biransahin

Ok. 0.5mm cannot be right!!! Corning Gorılla Glass 5 as used on a modern smartphone is only 0.6mm thick! So that report is saying that they are reducing it to 0.1mm ? Seriously that is just NOT possible. Maybe they are reducing it TO 0.5mm, not BY 0.5mm, but that would be up to Corning, not Samsung. You should check the facts on this report, it doesn’t make any sense. Maybe….the design change is an embedded fingerprint sensor under the glass. 😉 P.S. You should have taken just a minute to visit the Corning website to find out the information… Read more »

pigglett
pigglett

Better not be a “notch”

alastairgreen_Nexus
alastairgreen_Nexus

Indeed!