Samsung might announce the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9, which, if true, would be two weeks earlier than when the Note 8 was announced last year.
The report comes from Bloomberg, which adds that Samsung intends to release the phone by the end of August. If so, Samsung would have the opportunity to get a head start against this year's reported iPhone models. Last year, Samsung put the Galaxy Note 8 on sale shortly after Apple unveiled the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, presumably as a way to steal some of Apple's potential consumer base.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Announcement
Samsung was actually planning to announce the Galaxy Note 9 much earlier than August, the report says, but it was delayed because of last-minute changes, according to separate reports.
It's not clear just how drastically changed the Galaxy Note 9 would be from its predecessor, but Bloomberg notes Samsung plans to highlight the phone's upgraded camera capabilities. That likely means the phone will get the variable aperture feature that debuted on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus earlier this year. The feature, for the uninitiated, allows the phone to switch between two aperture modes, which supposedly helps capture more light in low-light situations.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specs
The phone will also supposedly come with a new Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which is par for the course for a 2018 flagship phone. Beyond this, information about the rest of its specs are currently up in the air — but this is a Galaxy Note phone, so expect a premium device through and through. An AMOLED display is pretty much a shoo-in, plus a fingerprint scanner. Some reports say, however, that Samsung is working on an in-display fingerprint sensing technology, but it's not clear whether this will debut on the Galaxy Note 9. A report in March said it won't.
RAM is reportedly going to be 6 to 8 GB, and there will be a 512 GB storage option.
The above being said, Bloomberg notes that plans may still shift around the announcement date. As The Verge notes, Samsung has unveiled new Galaxy Note models near the beginning or middle of August in the past, so the rumored schedule for the next Note flagship isn't too farfetched. Even still, one should take all these rumors with a grain of salt.
What would you like to see on the Galaxy Note 9? In your opinion, would the variable aperture be sufficient enough of an upgrade? As always, if you have anything to share, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!