Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumours: A new magnesium alloy for the Note 9?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 doesn’t exist just yet. It probably will at some point – we’re predicting August 2018. What will it look like? A rectangle. Will it be more powerful than the Galaxy Note 8? Yes. 

We’ve got a while to go yet, what with CES just wrapped up, and MWC 2018 just around the corner. But if we know anything, it’s that consumerism’s rattle isn’t going to stop, so here’s a rundown of things that the expensive rectangle may or may not have going for it.

The latest rumour circulating the Galaxy phones is that Samsung is ready to wheel out a brand new magnesium alloy for its handsets – including the Note 9. The alloy of magnesium and aluminium is designed to be more durable and lightweight, and imbue those qualities onto the products it’s part of. How much lighter? Well, as Android World points out, Samsung has used its Metal 12 alloy in its recent Notebook 9, and the difference in weight between the 13.3 and 15.6in models is just 300g. That’s pretty marginal in the greater scheme of things, when the 13.3in version weighs just 995g. 

Another big rumour circulating is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will sport a timely feature that its high-end flagship rival, the iPhone X, lacks – an in-screen fingerprint scanner. CBG picked up a tweet by Twitter user @MMDDJ_, with a history of smartphone leaks, which appeared to confirm that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 would indeed come complete with the futuristic scanner. Annoyingly, it’s likely we’ll have to wait until the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been unveiled for further insight, though it’s an exciting tidbit of information in the meantime. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Release date

In terms of release date, we’re anticipating that the imminent phablet from Samsung will follow in its predecessor’s footsteps. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launched in August 2017, as did the Note 7 the year prior. We’d put money on the likelihood of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 following suit and hitting the scene in August 2018. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Price

£869.00, or thereabouts. That’s the launch price of the Galaxy Note 8 and we’d expect a similar price range for its follow-up. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Design 

This early on in the game, there’s not much concrete to say on the design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, other than that it may be both lighter and more durable, thanks to Samsung’s embracing of a new magnesium-aluminium alloy first debuted in its Notebook 9 laptops. A trademark with the EU intellectual property office reveals that Samsung has applied to use it in its pones and tablets – which would suggest the upcoming Galaxy phones will benefit.

Codenames, in the meantime, can be very telling, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8‘s codename “Baikal” attesting to its gargantuan size (Baikal, situated in Siberia, is one of the largest lakes in the world). This time round, the Note 9 is being developed under the codename “crown”, suggests a report from The Investor. Just what we can glean from the codename “crown” is uncertain; the word certainly suggests that something regal is coming, with Samsung angling to become the so-called “king” of smartphones. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Features

A big screen. The Note 8 and Galaxy S8 both came with “infinity display” screens, and seeing as Apple is barking up a similar tree with the iPhone X, expect the Note 9 to push its bezels as far back as possible. It’s also worth noting that Samsung actually manufactures the iPhone X display.

Facial scanning. The iPhone X does it, and Samsung already has a form of the technology in its handsets. It’s likely that the company will make more of a song-and-dance about face scanning with the Note 9 and Galaxy S9.

In-screen fingerprint scanning. This is rumoured to be something Samsung is working on, although it may not be a feature that’s finessed in time for the Note 9.

Better battery. Samsung played things safe on the battery front with the Note 8, which is understandable given the explosive mess of the Note 7. Perhaps the Note 9 will see some forward steps in terms of fast charging and battery capacity.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Specs

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 could wield a formidable 512GB chip, given Samsung’s recent announcement that it’s mass producing the Universal Flash Storage Chips. This would, of course, put it leagues ahead of the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8, which offer a comparatively measly 256GB each. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Could it have a bendable screen?

Samsung is supposedly developing a foldable phone, currently dubbed the Galaxy X. There are rumours that this device could end up being the Note 9, which would certainly be a headline-grabbing way for Samsung to differentiate itself from Apple, as well as buck iterative upgrades with a big hardware shift. Whether or not the Korean tech giant wants to risk the experimental tech on one of its major flagships remains to be seen, but it’s an interesting prospect…

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