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Lest we forget: Galaxy Note 9 will also have stereo speakers

There’s been a lot of talk surrounding what the Galaxy Note 9 will bring to the table. The Bluetooth-enabled S Pen, a 4,000 mAh battery, and Bixby 2.0 are some of the highlights that we’re looking forward to, but I feel there’s one important feature that the Galaxy Note 9 will have and is not being talked about enough. You guessed it: I’m talking about stereo speakers.

Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8: Not a minor upgrade

I know, I know. The Galaxy S9 already has stereo speakers, so the Note 9 having them doesn’t make it extra special. But we have to remember that it’s mostly going to be Note fans who will be picking up the Galaxy Note 9 and not Galaxy S users (though there’s a solid reason for Galaxy S owners to switch to a Note). And if someone is planning to move from the Galaxy Note 5 to the Galaxy Note 9, it will be quite the substantial upgrade. Not so for Galaxy Note 8 owners, but even when compared to the Galaxy Note 8, stereo speakers are one of the major new features the Galaxy Note 9 will have.

It is one of the things that can be jotted down on the “What’s new on the Galaxy Note 9 compared to the Galaxy Note 8” list, a list that some people think isn’t long enough. But it is, when you throw in the stereo speakers (with Dolby Atmos, mind you), bigger battery, an S Pen with Bluetooth built-in, and the Dual Aperture camera of the Galaxy S9+ (which does make a difference, even if it’s not too substantial). While none of this is truly confirmed at this point, at least the stereo speakers and the improved camera are going to be on the Note 9 for sure, as no new Note flagship has ever been less feature-packed than the preceding Galaxy S flagship.

Galaxy Note 9 will offer plenty of new stuff

Of course, one could argue that none of this stuff is something Samsung couldn’t have offered us last year if it had tried. But if smartphone makers started bringing in substantial new features to their flagship phones as soon as possible, they’d have nothing to sell the next year. The Galaxy S10 is also due next year and so is Samsung’s first foldable phone, so considering how Samsung will have to knock it out of the park with its flagships in 2019, the Note 9 doesn’t look as small an upgrade as some people are making it out to be. And if all of it comes for the same price as the Galaxy Note 8, the Note 9 will be even more killer.

Did I mention it will also have stereo speakers?

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X3Wave
X3Wave

Dual speaker? All phone is capable to do this. The ear speaker will destroy after some high volume music.. also on my s7 edge i can use both speakers with a simple software

stondec
stondec

I’m tired of the nonsensical “not a big upgrade” over Note 8 refrain : – Better placed fingerprint scanner – Better camera – Stereo speakers – Improved base storage of 128gb and up to 512gb – increased RAM option of 8gb – Bixby 2.0 – Improved Samsung experience version – Significantly larger battery that’s rumored to offer 25 hrs of video at full brightness – Better processor – Improved S pen This is just a partial list of the improvements of the Note 9 over the Note 8. Samsung is delivering improvements in almost every area imaginable. How on earth… Read more »

viorelianasi
viorelianasi

For me, stereo speakers are not that important. When I trully want a good sound and I need stereo, I use earphones. I had stereo speakers on a phone, years ago on Nokia N73 and I enjoyed the true stereo sound on earphones as well. So, not a big issue!

drexappeal
drexappeal

Why do all these articles downplay the jump from 3300mah to 4000mah battery? There are 700mah backup battery chargers out there, that people buy to charge their phones. That’s not a “small” upgrade from Note8 to Note9. It’s a long overdue upgrade, since other OEM’s (like Huawei) had already accomplished this since the Mate8 was released, but still significant on a Samsung flagship and in particular, the Note series. Reviewers have been clamoring for the battery increase on the Note series for years, and yet when it’s in the pipeline, all of a sudden becomes irrelevant or not a talking… Read more »

Biransahin
Biransahin

I had actually forgotten about that. Having listened to the very impressive speakers and even more impressive headphone sound with the Dolby Atmos on my wife’s S9 plus, I’m certainly looking forward to hearing it.

fcaroll
fcaroll

It would matter if Note9 had stereo speakers like the Tab S3 has. Personally with iPhone style stereo speakers I’d go for earbuds anyway