Early Galaxy Note 9 release report blames the Galaxy S9

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It’s here, the first early Galaxy Note 9 release report. Whenever a new Samsung flagship in the pipeline we tend to hear reports that Samsung is going to release the handset earlier than its predecessor. There were similar reports for the Galaxy S9 which turned out to be true as the Galaxy S9 was announced on February 25, 2018 and released on March 16. The Galaxy S8 was announced on March 29, 2017 and released on April 21.

So it’s not surprising to see a report out of South Korea claim that the Galaxy Note 9 release is likely going to take place earlier than expected. It blames less-than-steller performance of the Galaxy S9 for that.

Early Galaxy Note 9 release

According to the report, the Galaxy Note 9 is going to be released earlier than the Galaxy Note 8 to make up for the less-than-stellar sales of the Galaxy S9. Samsung apparently wants to outshine Apple’s new iPhones as well which is why it may consider an early release. Apple’s new iPhones aren’t expected until September this year.

Samsung hasn’t revealed the sales figures for its new flagship just yet but it expects Galaxy S9 sales to outperform the Galaxy S8. However, a recent report claimed that the Galaxy S9 is proving to be a tough sell in South Korea as customers aren’t too enthusiastic about the handset. We also reported recently that 36 percent of Galaxy S8 owners don’t feel the need to upgrade to the Galaxy S9. There could be some truth to reports that the Galaxy S9 sales are not up to the company’s expectations.

Just in case you forgot, the Galaxy Note 8 was announced on August 23, 2017 and Samsung started taking pre-orders in key markets the very next day. It released the Galaxy Note 8 on September 15.

This report about an early Galaxy Note 9 release is based on predictions that Samsung Display is going to start producing the 6.38-inch OLED panel for the Galaxy Note 9 next month, two months before it normally does that for an upcoming flagship phablet. It is thus claimed that the next Note flagship could be released “as early as July or August.” Samsung Display declined to comment on the production schedule.

We did report last week that Samsung has started firmware development for the Galaxy Note 9 two weeks earlier than it did for the Galaxy Note 8 last year. It also started firmware development for the Galaxy S9 a fortnight before it did for the Galaxy S8.

While that’s enough to form an assumption that the Galaxy Note 9 release could take place earlier than expected, it’s far from confirmed at this point in time. Take this information with a grain of salt for now as we’ll likely see conflicting reports about the Galaxy Note 9 release in the months to come.

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neflictus
16 days 17 hours ago
neflictus

I was just wondering.
Aren’t you guys going to address the battery life issue that’s plaguing the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S9. Compared to the Snapdragon version.

initize
17 days 11 hours ago
initize

I’ll never replace my note 4 , phone without IR blaster its not a phone for me.
#bringbacktheirblastersamsung

SenorSjon
10 days 11 hours ago
SenorSjon

To bad the N4 will self destruct due to MMC issues.

SAMgalaxyXXX
18 days 9 hours ago
SAMgalaxyXXX

I have never upgraded year after year I always keep the phone over 2 years but I would upgrade to Note 9 from 8 if it’s wider and with 40000mAh battery.

AmazingAura01
17 days 20 hours ago
AmazingAura01

Goddamn

Biransahin
18 days 12 hours ago
Biransahin
It’s very rare for people to buy a phone every year. We do as it’s a company tax break. People who can afford it personally also upgrade every year. If only 38% of buyers of S8 aren’t considering upgrading to S9 that means 62% of S8 buyers ARE considering it. That’s a damn good performance! Any mobile phone seller would be very happy with that statistic. Most people don’t buy the next one because either they can’t afford it or are tied into a two year contract and try to justify not upgrading by dissing the next phone. It’s human… Read more »
LegendSmoker
20 days 14 hours ago
LegendSmoker

Note 9 will be propbably an s9+ with pen and slithly different design . same as Note 5, 7 or 9 so there is no point to hold the release another 6 months imho… this was only smart unlil Note 4.

strazzi
20 days 17 hours ago
strazzi

Sticking with my S8. I donnt like s9 desine. Ugley frame around camera and thicker side bezzels. The only thing i would say is worth to think abouth is dual sim option. S8 didnt come in dual sim option in eu till s9.

SteveTud
20 days 18 hours ago
SteveTud

Given the lack of software updates i’m not buying another note for at least 5-6 years or until they pull their socks up and get it sorted.

stondec
21 days 23 hours ago
stondec

The specs had better be much better than rumored –
– 512 GB internal storage option in the USA
– IR blaster
– Front facing under screen fingerprint scanner
– 120Hz displays
– 4000mAh battery

Otherwise what’s the point.

VIRGIN KLM
22 days 5 hours ago
VIRGIN KLM

Like the market is going to embrace yet another 1000$ device on an already saturated market. The market has proven that with every year the amount of people replacing their fine working device is shrinking, especially now that these devices come with an insane pricetag that makes them a tough sell more than ever. Releasing another 1000$ device earlier than expected will just add more fuel to the fire. They are being counterproductive. Atleast I am glad that their poor decisions like the increase of pricetags on flagship devices is hitting them back hard. They were asking for trouble.

aarozone
22 days 7 hours ago
aarozone
“…the Galaxy Note 9 is going to be released earlier than the Galaxy Note 8 to make up for the less-than-stellar sales of the Galaxy S9.” Well with the way their software department is going what else can they expect. If they made fewer phone models that would probably help. Maybe stick to the S and Note series for at least 2 years. That way people would get the best in software support. Do they really expect people to spend under £1200 every 6 months? I can’t wait to hear people moarning about the S9 losing software support as soon… Read more »
parshakov
22 days 10 hours ago
parshakov

The only thing that would make me excited about the Note 9 is a 4K display with 4K HDR Netflix.

martindale
22 days 9 hours ago
martindale

I’d get excited if they went back to the original Note concept, updated with all the progress available since then. Instead I fear they will bin the Note concept completely, cynically keep the Note name, and try to sell us an S9 with bundled stylus. Looks like I’ll be keeping my Note 4 a while longer.

marija
19 days 6 hours ago
marija

Same here.
Note 4 still waiting for a good reason to be changed, still nothing happens. I bought my 3rd oem battery and keeping it! Note is not Note anymore, huge version of s8/s9. Flat screen and rock solid body and battery we need, oh, and updates too. Software on N4 looks rubbish, but I’m sticking to it and keeping a replaceable battery, IR and small chance I’ll be phoneless if I drop it.

martindale
22 days 14 hours ago
martindale

“…the Galaxy Note 9 is going to be released earlier than the Galaxy Note 8 to make up for the less-than-stellar sales of the Galaxy S9.”

So if the Note 9 is nothing but an S9 with a pen silo, how is that going to help?

22 days 9 hours ago
gcforreal

My point exactly. From. Leaked specs it’s identical to the s9 so how would this help? Only logical reason I can see is they are saving the holiday season for the foldable galaxy x and go all out if the rumors are true of course

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