Samsung already confirmed the existence of the unreleased Galaxy Note 9 in October 2017, and it’s likely to be unveiled at the company’s Unpacked Event on August 9 in New York City.
But there’s been a recent flurry of new leaks and rumors about the Galaxy Note 9, all of which give us a better idea of what to expect when it comes to the upcoming smartphone’s design, features, and functions.
Check out what we know about the Galaxy Note 9:
1. The Galaxy Note 9 will be announced in June.
Samsung sent out press invites to its August 9 Unpacked Event in NYC, where it’s firmly expected that the company will announce the Galaxy Note 9.
2. Samsung’s invite suggests the new Galaxy Note 9 could come in vibrant color options.
The vibrant yellow S Pen pictured in Samsung’s Unpacked press invitation suggests that Samsung could make the Note 9 available in vibrant colors.
3. The design of the Galaxy Note 9 has been “leaked” several times already.
Photos that supposedly show the Galaxy Note 9 were recently leaked, and they seem fairly convincing when you consider the previous rumors that the Galaxy Note 9 will largely look very similar to the Galaxy Note 8.
More recently, a YouTube video from MySmartPrice supposedly shows a Galaxy Note 9 being unboxed, and it looks an awful lot like the earlier leak above. MySmartPrice also apparently obtained a press photo of the Galaxy Note 9, pictured below in a tweet from MySmartPrice’s Twitter account:
4. The Galaxy Note 9 could have an invisible fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the phone’s display.
The first smartphone with a fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the display from Chinese phone maker Vivo.Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider
This is the biggest rumor about the Galaxy Note 9 so far. Various sources, including a historically reliable gadgets leaker only known as “Ice Universe,” have said the Galaxy Note 9 will feature an invisible fingerprint scanner underneath the display.
However, Korean news site The Investor doesn’t support these rumors, saying “It is not, however, expected to feature an in-screen fingerprint sensor.”
Contradicting rumors suggests the feature is still in the air for the Galaxy Note 9.
5. A new Samsung skin over Android.
The Galaxy Note 5 with a version of Samsung’s own “skin” with specific features for the S-Pen.Antonio Villas-Boas/Tech Insider
Ice Universe mentioned a “Crown UX,” which suggests the Galaxy Note 9 might come with a brand-new skin, which Samsung uses to differentiate its smartphones from other devices running Android software.
It’s not clear if the Crown UX will be a major overhaul of the current Experience UX skin that Samsung uses on the Galaxy S9. The Galaxy Note skins are usually a little different to Galaxy S skins to accommodate features designed around the S-Pen stylus.
6. Samsung said the S-Pen will be improved, and fresh rumors about its capabilities have been released.
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Samsung said in an interview (with itself in its own newsroom blog) that it’s looking to improve the S-Pen in the Galaxy Note 9. The company didn’t go into specifics, which is unfortunate as we’d expect improvements in any new model.
A fresh rumor posted on the XDA-Developers website suggests that the S Pen will be able to control your music, act as a remote shutter button for the camera, remotely unlock the Galaxy Note 9, and will feature several new functions within apps based on different combinations of pressing the S Pen’s button.
7. A bigger battery.
Gadget leaker Ice Universe made an earlier claim that the Galaxy Note 9 will sport a large 3,850 mAh battery compared to the 3,300 mAh battery in the Galaxy Note 8.
A newer rumor based on documents from Antel, the Brazilian telecommunications regulatory body, posted on Slashleaks suggests that the Galaxy Note 9 will sport an even larger 4,000mAh battery.
That extra capacity may not bring the multi-day battery life we all crave in smartphones, but it could at least offer more confidence when it comes to the Galaxy Note 9’s battery life.
8. An improved camera.
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One of the Galaxy Note 9’s highlights will apparently include its camera, according to Ice Universe. Rumors surrounding the Galaxy Note 9’s camera are scant, and we’re pretty much expecting a similar dual-lens setup like the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9, with perhaps some minor tweaks and improvements.
9. Bixby 2.0.
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Samsung already told ZDNet that it’ll probably introduce a new and improved version of Bixby with the Galaxy Note 9. The improvements include a more natural-sounding voice for the Bixby voice assistant itself, more availability on other smart devices like TVs, appliances, and smart speakers. We hope it’ll come with a lot more improvements, as Bixby is currently lagging far behind Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant when it comes to overall usefulness.
10. Samsung may announce a wireless charging pad that can charge two devices at the same time at its Unpacked Event.
Samsung is reportedly announcing a wireless charging pad that can charge two devices — like a smartphone and a smartwatch — at the same time, according to a tweet by gadgets leaker Roland Quandt.
The device is supposedly called the “Wireless Charger Duo.”