2018 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Flagship Android Phablet, Arriving Soon?

Whereas previous Galaxy Note phablets had been announced in October during their year of release, the 2018 iteration to this series - according to some trusted Samsung 'insiders' - will be unveiled in August.

Why? Well, your guess is as good as mine.

Personally, I think that Samsung needs to boost its sales figures on the flagship level as Galaxy S9 and S9+ are not performing as well as the Korean Giant had hoped for. But that's just my hunch.

Anyway, we're just a few weeks away from August and as expected, rumors about the Samsung Galaxy Note9 are already starting to spread like wildfire online. In fact, last week, CGtrader.com user MadMix uploaded these 3D renders of the handset, which he based on leaked schematics and color options of the device.

I think he did a great job.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

According to rumors, the Galaxy Note9 will look largely identical to its direct predecessor but it will come with more color options and it will feature a re-positioned fingerprint scanner at the back. I believe both details were marvelously captured in these fan renders.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

While the Samsung Galaxy Note8's fingerprint sensor was located just beside the Dual Camera Rear module, the one on the Galaxy Note9 - analysts say - is placed below the cameras, right smack in the middle of the upper portion of the phone, for easier access using the pointer finger.

Before 2017, the fingerprint scanner on flagship-level Galaxy models was located in front, lining the home button. However, when the company decided to increase the screen size of their high-end releases by minimizing bezels, the physical home button as altogether removed and the fingerprint scanner was consequently transferred at the back.

Many Galaxy fans - including myself - find the rear placement of the fingerprint sensor inconvenient for quickly unlocking the handset, especially when it's on a table. It's a common problem which at least one brand - Vivo Mobile - had fixed by integrating the scanner within the display itself. It remains to be seen how the Korean Giant will address this issue moving forward.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

As for technical specifications, it is believed that the 2018 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will sport a 6.3-inch QuadHD+ SuperAMOLED Infinity Display, an 8 MegaPixel f/1.6 front cam for selfies, a Dual Rear Camera module made up of a primary 12 MegaPixel variable aperture shooter with 26mm field of view, 1/2.5" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size support, Dual Pixel AutoFocus, Optical Image Stabilization, and Dual Tone LED Flash along with secondary 12 MegaPixel cam with f/2.4 Aperture, 52mm field of view, 1/3.6" sensor size, 1 µm pixel size support, and Optical Image Stabilization.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Inside its sleek and water-resistant glass-metal-glass sandwich shell, the Galaxy Note9 is expected to run its highly customized Android P 9.0 operating system with a beastly Exynos 9810 Octa chipset that incorporates Mali-G72 MP18 GPU (or a Snapdragon 845 processor in US and Europe) and to have 6GB of RAM for smooth multi-tasking as well as 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB ROM options, which the user can beef up via the secondary hybrid nanoSIM slot that can also take in a microSD card.

Now, as for the price, I'm guessing that this flagship release should come in at around PHP 60,990 to PHP 63,990 when it lands in the Philippines within Q3 2018. I know! It's going to be really expensive just like the rumored Apple iPhone X Plus, which could very well be the nemesis of this phablet.

Note: All Samsung Galaxy Note9 images in this post are simply 3D concept renders based on leaked information about the model and are not the actual press photos of the device from Samsung Mobile.

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