The Galaxy Observe 9 has an official launch date: Aug. 9. Or, to be extra correct, Samsung has unleashed the official invitation to its subsequent launch occasion, which we presume to be for the Galaxy Observe 9, although Samsung hasn’t confirmed the product title within the invite. That is sufficient for followers of Samsung’s telephone for energy customers. Now the true hypothesis can start. 

The Galaxy Observe, which is designated by its trademark digital stylus, represents the end result of Samsung’s expertise for the 12 months. The Observe is normally the telephone that Samsung normally saves as its “greatest for final” to battle the iPhone and Pixels, and thrust in entrance of patrons when the vacations roll round.

Rumors are nonetheless a jumble at this level — will the Observe 9 have an underscreen fingerprint reader or will not it?! — however what is definite is that the Galaxy Observe 9 might want to progress past the already glorious Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus if it’ll. I’ve my very own hunches on what the Observe 9 might have, what I believe it ought to have, and what I believe it completely will not embody.

Preserve studying for my ideas, plus the perfect rumors which can be already beginning to construct forward of the official Observe 9 launch. Preserve checking again: I will proceed to replace this checklist as new rumors emerge.

Learn: Six things the Galaxy Note 9 should have

Editor’s word: This text was initially revealed June 13 and is up to date ceaselessly.

Confirmed: Samsung’s announcement is about for Aug. 9 

The rumors have been spot on. Samsung’s “Unpacked” launch event will take place on Aug. 9 in Brooklyn. I might say there is a 99.99 p.c probability that the machine in query would be the Observe 9 that launches Aug. 9. Good symmetry, eh? 

9/9 at 9 a.m. would have been even higher, however with the iPhone launch sometimes across the similar date in September, enjoying rooster with Apple is dangerous enterprise. Samsung would not dare put itself able to lose that recognition contest. Sometimes, Samsung likes its Observe telephones to go on preorder effectively earlier than Apple even publicizes its subsequent spherical of iPhones.

Samsung’s official invitation to the Unpacked occasion on August 9.


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Aug. 9 is early for a Observe launch, which normally occurs on the finish of the month fairly than the start. Final 12 months’s Observe eight was introduced Aug. 23. However, there may be some precedent for an early unveiling. The Observe 7 unveiling came about Aug. 2, 2016. Critics pointed fingers on the rush job as one cause that Note 7 units literally burst into flames.

We’ll attempt not to attract too many parallels in regards to the early Observe 9 launch.

Sadly, the invitation would not present a heck of a variety of clues about what we’ll see contained in the telephone. It focuses on a button, possible the Bixby button or an influence/lock button, that is rendered in a yellowy gold coloration. There is not any suggestion of a stylus, twin cameras and even the machine’s form. Mysterious, certainly…

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It can virtually absolutely be referred to as the Galaxy Observe 9

That the Observe 9 shall be referred to as the Observe 9 is not essentially a given.

Simply because the final telephone on this sequence was the Observe eight and the one earlier than was the Galaxy Note 7 doesn’t suggest Samsung would not skip a quantity to rename its telephone. Samsung did skip 2016’s Galaxy Observe 6 in favor of the Observe 7 title; some suspected it was to match up numerically to the iPhone 7.

However one indication that Samsung’s sticking with the basic development comes from frequent gadget leaker Evan Blass, who tweeted that the Observe 9’s mannequin quantity is SM-N960U and its inner title is Crown.

The Observe 9 might flip its twin cameras on their aspect

Twin cameras on the Observe 9 are just about a certain guess. The Observe eight was Samsung’s first telephone so as to add portrait mode, and the Galaxy S9 Plus has the setup, too. Samsung’s transferring ahead right here, not backwards.

A picture from OnLeaks and @91Mobiles reveals a Galaxy Observe 9 with side-by-side cameras as a substitute of a vertical stack as we see on the S9 Plus. (For extra on cameras, scroll to the want checklist under.)

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Facet-by-side rear cameras on this Galaxy Observe 9 render.


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Will the Observe 9 have a notch? Doubt it

Google has embraced the trend of Android notches, however that does not imply Samsung will. The cut-out display screen design offers you a “bigger” display screen to work with by extending the edges of the display screen up across the cut-out the place the digital camera lens, speaker and different sensors dwell.

However there’s an especially excessive probability that Samsung will maintain the Observe 9 notch-free and as a substitute use the Observe as a technique to mock the iPhone X and different notched Android telephones.

In any case, the notch was an necessary a part of a recent Samsung ad that slammed iPhone speed, and Apple’s flock basically.

That stated, a patent software does exist for a Samsung phone with a notch design. Then once more, so does a notch-less one, with holes cut into the display as a substitute of a display screen cut-out.

It’s going to in all probability have a headphone jack, too

The Galaxy Observe and Galaxy S telephones have been protected thus far, and Samsung execs have publicly said that they are happy with the headphone jack. Samsung additionally sometimes ships its AKG wired earbuds together with the Galaxy telephones contained in the field.

It might are available these 5 colours

One rumor from German website All About Samsung means that the Galaxy Observe 9 might are available black, gray, lavender (just like the Galaxy S9’s “lilac purple”), brilliant blue and brown. A few of these shades might have iridescent qualities just like the Galaxy S9 telephones and different Samsung fashions. 

Primarily based on previous Galaxy telephones, I believe it is a fairly good guess that the Observe 9 will preserve the shiny end Samsung appears to savor, one that may alter the telephone’s coloration if you flip it within the mild.

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New Galaxy Observe 9 colours? We’ll see.


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The Observe 9’s rumored in-screen fingerprint reader is not trying good

Many rumors (like this one from Korea’s The Investor and this one from leak tweeter Ice Universe) counsel that the Galaxy Observe 9 would have a fingerprint reader baked into the show, very like the Vivo X20 Plus UD (worst telephone title ever) and the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS (wait, I take that again).

I actually, really need this to occur.

Nonetheless, the present phrase is that Samsung’s pulled the function for now, and can save the in-screen fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy S10. That will be a disgrace, for the reason that Observe sequence sometimes leads the best way with Samsung’s new options.

On the flipside, Samsung cannot afford the embarrassment of a mistake if the in-display sensor is not safe sufficient for dependable sufficient for each day use. Finally, having this function work effectively is healthier than being among the many first.

As an alternative, a fingerprint reader on the again

Rumors again up the bodily fingerprint sensor dwelling under the digital camera. Twitter leaker Ice Universe tweeted that the Observe 9 and Observe eight will look almost indistinguishable, and likewise posted a leaked case that’ll allegedly fit the Galaxy Note 9 that contains a cut-out for an oblong fingerprint reader, Samsung’s most popular form. Take into account that a case maker might simply create renders based mostly on rumors and hypothesis; this is not essentially the true deal.

Will the Observe 9 have a foldable show? Not bloody possible

The opposite function assured to place the Observe 9 up in lights can be the least possible by far.

We all know that Samsung’s engaged on a foldable telephone, and has gone far sufficient to use for a patent on just a few design eventualities. I might be surprised speechless if that have been to really occur (for the report, rumors counsel we can’t see a foldable telephone from Samsung till 2019).

In a nutshell, it is not Samsung’s model to take such an enormous threat on its Observe telephone. The tech large is much extra more likely to launch a separate foldable telephone to check the waters and collect suggestions for figuring out kinks.

Samsung has lengthy cited Galaxy Observe customers as amongst its most loyal, and any subject with a foldable Observe might completely alienate patrons who’ve already been burned by the Observe 7 fiasco.

Galaxy Observe 9 might repair Observe eight’s worst function

So what might the Observe 9 seem like? The Observe eight. Hypothesis factors to a Galaxy Observe replace that is acquired related dimensions and design to final 12 months’s mannequin, however with a fingerprint reader that sits under the twin digital camera array, not off to the aspect because it does within the Observe eight.

That will be a very good determination, and one that will overwrite the Observe eight’s most annoying and unnecessary design flaw.

A doable render of the Galaxy Observe 9 shared by cellular tipster Ice Universe means that the Observe eight and Observe 9 are nearly indistinguishable, including that the brand new Observe might be 2mm shorter than the Note 8.

Bixby AI software program lives on

Samsung’s Bixby software is now a fixture on the corporate’s excessive finish Galaxy telephones, which implies its presence is a foregone conclusion even when the top of Samsung Analysis’s AI Heart hadn’t stated we might see an upgraded version on the subsequent flagship telephone, whether or not you wind up disabling Bixby or not.

Bixby might decide up higher natural-language processing, improved noise cancelling and quicker response instances.

Do not forget that Bixby 2.0, the present model, is not only for Samsung telephones. That is Samsung’s imaginative and prescient for its complete ecosystem of gadgets, just like the best way that Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa AI sidekicks push into the house by way of sensible audio system and different gadgets.

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I might count on to see the Bixby button return to the left aspect of the Galaxy Observe 9, and I might be overjoyed if Samsung allow you to program this key to do one thing apart from open Bixby, although I critically doubt it will occur.

Learn: 10 Bixby tricks you need to know

What a couple of Samsung model of Apple’s FaceID?

By the point we predict the Observe 9 will launch, it’s going to have been virtually a 12 months for the reason that iPhone X debuted with FaceID, and nonetheless no direct competitor to problem Apple’s safe stage of face unlock. The Observe 9 could be Samsung’s probability to reply.

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A depth-sensing front-facing digital camera might assist Galaxy telephones do extra.


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The Galaxy S8 telephones and newer offer you just a few choices for unlocking your telephone along with your face, however solely one in all them, iris scanning, is safe sufficient for cellular funds. That is a reasonably good bar as this stuff go.

Iris scanning harnesses a special expertise than Apple’s FaceID, which makes use of a 3D front-facing digital camera and 50,00zero infrared dots to map your face and confirm that you’re you. 

From left to proper, iPhone Memoji, Samsung AR Emoji and Bitmoji avatars of CNET reporter Shara Tibken.


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The Galaxy Observe 9 represents a chance for Samsung to pop in a 3D digital camera, too, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that I count on Samsung to make use of (the Galaxy S9 already does) helps Applelike expertise.

There’s little doubt that Samsung and others will need to use a 3D digital camera, however after shedding a  lawsuit and being forced to pay Apple $539 million for patent infringements, I can not blame Samsung for eager to tread fastidiously.

Will Samsung repair AR Emoji to tackle Apple’s Memoji for iOS 12?

Gawd, I hope so. Samsung made 3D avatars first, by way of its AR Emoji function within the Galaxy S9 digital camera. However the unsettling pictures creeped us out and Apple’s new Memoji avatars in iOS 12 are already higher at some necessary issues.

Samsung can work to repair AR Emoji in two methods. The primary is thru software program fixes that add extra customizations. The second is that if that Observe 9 will get a 3D digital camera, which might give Samsung’s emoji-creating engine extra knowledge to seize on to when it scans your face to make your avatar.

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The Observe 9 will not launch with Android P

Sorry, however it’s a given. Google’s Android P software replace would not even have  a reputation but — it’s going to develop into Android Popsicle or Pudding or one thing by the point it arrives on its first telephone later this 12 months, more than likely in fall across the time that the Google Pixel 3‘s introduced.

However the Galaxy Observe 9, and a heap of different Galaxy telephones, together with the S9 and S9 Plus, are certain to get the ultimate Android P software program within the following months. Sadly, Samsung is not recognized for significantly well timed Android updates.

Observe 9 digital camera want checklist

Samsung’s industry-first dual-aperture lens on the Galaxy S9 will certainly come to the Observe 9 as effectively, however I believe the corporate might take the expertise a step additional by bringing dual-aperture to the front-facing digital camera as effectively.

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The Galaxy Observe 9 digital camera might look quite a bit just like the Galaxy S9’s shooter.


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The aperture helps decide how a lot mild your picture will get, and customarily talking, the extra mild you get in, the higher. A twin aperture front-facing digital camera might assist robotically make selfies brighter, even and not using a flash blinding your eyes.

Hopefully Samsung will even repair the Galaxy S9’s digital camera app, which too simply switches between digital camera modes when you do not intend it to.

Samsung plans to improve the Observe 9’s digital camera, according to Bloomberg.

Observe 9 worth: How a lot will the subsequent Galaxy price?

Galaxy Observe eight and Observe 7 costs

Galaxy Observe eight Galaxy Observe 7
US AT&T: $950; Verizon: $960; T-Cell: $930; Dash: $960; US Mobile: $963 AT&T: $880; Verizon: $864; T-Cell: $849; Dash: $850; US Mobile: $834
UK £869 £700
AU AU$1,499 AU$1,349

Telephones do not get cheaper. In truth, the Galaxy Observe eight price considerably greater than the Galaxy Observe 7 in some markets.

We will count on the Galaxy Observe 9 to hover in the identical ballpark because the Galaxy Observe eight, although costs might creep upwards on account of the dual-aperture digital camera.

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Perla Shaheen contributed to this report.

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