Rumored Galaxy Note 9 specs ‘confirmed’ in early hands-on review

A day after Samsung confirmed that it will unveil the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9, mobile industry veteran Eldar Murtazin is out with a detailed report about the rumored Galaxy Note 9 specs. He claims to have spent some time with the Galaxy Note 9 recently in which he got to evaluate the hardware and check out some of the software features of Samsung’s new flagship.

You may or may not choose to believe him but it’s pertinent to mention here that Murtazin does have a commendable track record with leaks. He has been in the game long enough to capture readers’ attention when he makes a claim.

Rumored Galaxy Note 9 specs

Murtazin confirms earlier reports that there won’t be a lot of differences in the design of the Galaxy Note 9 compared to the Galaxy Note 8, adding that it will be difficult to tell the difference between the two from afar. One significant design change is that the fingerprint sensor is no longer alongside the horizontally positioned dual camera system, it’s below the sensors now, as we recently saw in a major render leak.

It has also been suggested in reports that the Galaxy Note 9 will feature a 4,000mAh battery and Murtazin seconds that. He says that the device actually feels a bit heavier than its predecessor because of the larger battery. Many won’t mind that as the battery is said to last up to two days, being able to offer up to 25 hours of non-stop video playback at maximum brightness.

The Galaxy Note 8’s base model offered 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Samsung is expected to bump that up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage for the Galaxy Note 9. The company will reportedly offer 8GB/256GB and 8GB/512GB variants as well. There have been rumors about 512GB storage for the Galaxy Note 9 but not much evidence has surfaced to support the claim.

The Galaxy Note 9 will have the same curved Infinity Display as the Galaxy Note 8 with display brightness being slightly increased. Murtazin says that Samsung is working on an updated version of the Always On Display but it probably won’t be ready until next year so we may see it on the Galaxy S10 first. He mentions that the UI animations have been improved and that they look good.

There have been many reports about Samsung revamping the Galaxy Note 9’s camera without any details about how it’s actually going to do that. Murtazin says that the camera performance has been enhanced due to improved algorithms and that optical stabilization is improved as well. Samsung has also updated AR Emoji but no details have been provided about that.

Samsung does improve the S Pen with every iteration of its Note flagship and the Galaxy Note 9’s S Pen reportedly features support for Bluetooth with new software features that will appeal to business users.

Murtazin also makes an interesting claim that Samsung will stop selling the Galaxy Note 8 after the Galaxy Note 9 is launched. He actually says that Samsung already stopped shipping the Galaxy Note 8 to its partners a couple of months ago and they’re only selling the stock that they have left. This isn’t what Samsung normally does, you can still buy the Galaxy S8 directly from the company and its partners, so it may be straying from tradition.

If the Galaxy Note 9 is really not all that different compared to the Galaxy Note 8 then the company won’t like risking cannibalization of the newer flagship’s sales by selling the Galaxy Note 8 at a lower price. It will stop selling the Galaxy Note 8 altogether so that customers who want a new phablet have no option but to purchase the Galaxy Note 9. Even if it does that, we feel that the company might continue to sell both handsets in price sensitive markets such as India where customers often opt for a year-old flagship just because it’s cheaper.

All of what Murtazin claims is within the realm of possibility and will only be officially confirmed when Samsung launches the handset on August 9. Do check out our exhaustive post on the Galaxy Note 9 specs, design, features and price to get a better idea of what you can expect from the new flagship.

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  • I may actually keep my Note8 until Note10 arrives. ı usually change every year but I'm very happy with the Note8. The bigger battery is nice but mine gets me through a full work day and night already so I will be charging every night anyway. Fingerprint sensor placement is fine for me on the Note8 so changing it's position won't make a difference for me as I keep it unlocked with my S3 Frontier anyway. Of course there is also stereo speakers coming which is nice but I use Bluetooth speakers in the room, never use phone speakers. If it comes with nice surprises I might consider it, otherwise I'm thinking of waiting for Note10 and it's on screen fingerprint reader.

    • Definitely what i was thinking, keeping my note 8, will wait for improved features like display fingerprint scanner, bezel less screen etc.

  • When i read this then i will most probably not buy the Note 9. It is getting crazy what Samsung do. Small changes and big profit. Not with me. I will look at the Nokia 9

    • It's amazing how anyone can compare the Nokia 9 to the functionality of the Note 8 or Note 9. It's as nonsensical as saying, "I'm unhappy that Starbucks coffee is so expensive and hasn't improved in years, so I'll drink toilet water instead" how does that make any sense!

      • It makes sense because i am not married to Samsung. I am very happy with the Note 8 but i was expecting at least the in screen FP. For me the Battery is enough on the Note 8 and for the camera . I barely use the camera therefore it is not interesting for me. So there would not be big improvements to buy another high price phone.
        As for the Nokia 9 . I said i will look at it because Nokia has proven to be innovative and also to have a great Update policy

  • I've been meaning to switch from the S to the Note series, but I think I'll be sticking with my S8+ for now.

  • The article says that we could unlock the Note9 with the S Pen... Does it mean that the teasing picture shows a fingerprint scanner ... in the S Pen ?
    I think this could make sense considering it could also get Bluetooth in it.

    • I cant imagine that. Then they could bring also a inscreen scanner because you dont have always the pen in your hand

  • So the Note 9 is just the Note 8 with a few things 'refreshed', most notable of which would seem to be the price.

    • If its shipping with the SD 845 project treble should be supported though. Unlike the Note 8 that's not supported by Project Treble

  • I wonder why so many people are so unhappy.

    The Note 9 definitely offers improvements over the Note 8
    - Better battery - 4000 mAh battery.
    - Improved Camera.
    - Better placement of the fingerprint scanner.
    - Larger base internal storage of 128 GB and up to 512gb of internal storage.
    - Improved display with even better sunlight legibility.
    - Better, faster, more powerful, more power efficient, overall more capable processor.
    - Stereo speakers.

    I have the Note 8 and it's the very best phone I've ever owned, but I'll most likely pre-order the Note 9 and keep the Note 8 as a backup phone.

    The only feature I wish they'd reintroduce is IR blaster.

    • You've shown exactly why people are disappointed - everything you have described is a marginal improvement on existing features. So the new Note will not do anything that the old one can't do, it will just see improvements around the margin. That's little reason to spend $1000.

      What happened to the Note innovating new ideas? The original Note took risks and changed expectations. The new Notes are just iterative improvements on the previous.

  • Looking forward to the Note 9's features & what features can be carry over to the Galaxy S10.

  • Dear Samsung.
    Missing infraded. That’s one of the best features what Samsung had on the note 4.
    Just can’t believe how u don’t care about customers.
    Got to look at different brand with this feature.