We’re nearly someday away from the launch of Samsung’s largest telephone of the yr — each actually and when it comes to what it will probably do. The Galaxy Be aware 9 is scheduled for a grand introduction this Thursday, Aug. 9 at Samsung’s signature Unpacked occasion.

The Galaxy Be aware is Samsung’s top-of-the-line telephone and the stakes shall be excessive. Geared up with its signature S Pen stylus and what’s sure to be a premium price tag, the Be aware 9 will tackle the forthcoming 2018 editions of the iPhone and Google Pixel within the super-competitive hall of the high-end smartphone market.

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A persistent move of rumors recommend that the Be aware 9 might have some head-turning options together with new digital camera applied sciences and expanded capabilities for its S Pen stylus. There may be additionally buzz that the Be aware 9 will be the first Android telephone to assist Fortnite, and that the sport might include the telephone in a particular pre-order package deal. (If these rumors maintain true, will they be sufficient to save the Note 9 from the Galaxy S9’s fate?)

Because the clock ticks down, the rumors are coming at a torrential tempo. In fact, Samsung has not formally launched a lot details about the telephone, and hasn’t replied to repeated requests for remark. However the hour approaches and an array of rumors, wanting more and more genuine, proceed to emerge. Take a look under to compensate for all the newest buzz.

Editors’ notice: This text was initially revealed June 13 and updates regularly.

Rumor: Aug. 24 launch date 

We all know Samsung’s “Unpacked” launch event will happen on Aug. 9, and we’re fairly assured we will meet the Galaxy Be aware 9 there. However we do not know precisely when Samsung will start selling the Note 9. Persistent rumors recommend that the on-sale date might come precisely two weeks after the Unpacked occasion and now you can use the Store Samsung app to order the telephone — and have it delivered on Aug. 24 (as reported by Droid Life).

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


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Confirmed: It is referred to as the Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 — and it appears a complete lot just like the Be aware eight

Final week Samsung leaked its personal image of the telephone. Oops. The picture under (spotted by noted phone leaker Evan Blass and confirmed by CNET) not solely all however confirms the Galaxy Be aware 9 identify — not that it will be anything — however provides us a transparent have a look at its three.5mm headphone jack, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, switched-up twin digital camera and upgraded S-Pen stylus. So, anticipate the identical primary design because the Be aware eight.

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Confirmed: The Be aware 9’s S Pen connects to Bluetooth

And talking of that stylus — an FCC filing confirmed that the subsequent model of Samsung’s S Pen could have Bluetooth assist. This function has the potential to make the stylus much more highly effective, and assist additional differentiate the Be aware 9 from the iPhone. We’re simply spitballing right here, however the Be aware 9 S Pen, along with drawing, writing and navigating, might function a distant management for triggering pictures or advancing musical tracks.

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The Galaxy Be aware 9 might are available black with a black S Pen, blue with a yellow stylus, or brown with an S Pen to match.


Evan Blass by way of Twitter

Rumor: It might price $1,00zero or extra

Now that Apple has damaged the “grand” barrier, pricing the baseline iPhone X at $999 and the top-of-the-line mannequin at $1,149, we’ve each motive to anticipate Samsung to comply with go well with. As my colleague Jessica Dolcourt has explained, the robust efficiency of the iPhone X proves that hundreds of thousands of shoppers are ready to pay high greenback for what’s more likely to be their most-prized tech possession. 

Galaxy Be aware eight and Be aware 7 costs

Galaxy Be aware eight Galaxy Be aware 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

Actually, Jessica’s evaluation exhibits that the Be aware eight price about 9 % greater than the Be aware 7, and he or she makes a convincing argument that this development will proceed — regardless of Samsung’s promise to maintain the Be aware 9 “reasonably priced” on its most up-to-date earnings name. In spite of everything, “cheap” is relative.

Rumor: The Galaxy Be aware 9 will get Fortnite first

The massively standard recreation simply would possibly make its Android breakout in a 30-day unique on Samsung’s Galaxy Be aware 9. Rumor has it that anybody who preorders the Be aware 9 will get between $100 and $150 price of V-Bucks, Fortnite’s in-game foreign money. It is also rumored that the sport will work with Samsung DeX, a dock that runs your telephone like a laptop computer while you plug it right into a monitor, and presumably with that new Bluetooth-ready S Pen.

Rumor: Twin cameras, side-by-side, with new warning options

Reddit user Wan997 has posted a laundry record of Be aware 9 specs together with a brand new digital camera function that notifies you of potential points starting from an excessive amount of movement to somebody closing their eyes in a portrait picture.

Twin cameras on the Be aware 9 are just about a certain guess, and Bloomberg stories that Samsung will improve the Be aware’s digital camera with the forthcoming mannequin. The Be aware eight was Samsung’s first telephone so as to add portrait mode, and the Galaxy S9 Plus has the setup, too. No motive to recommend that Samsung would take a step backward. A picture from OnLeaks and @91Mobiles exhibits a Galaxy Be aware 9 with side-by-side cameras as a substitute of a vertical stack as we see on the S9 Plus. 

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


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Rumor: No notch for the Be aware 9

Google has adopted the notch for Android telephones however we’re skeptical that Samsung will comply with go well with. In spite of everything, Samsung explicitly mocked the notch in its infamous Galaxy S9 ad earlier this yr. That famous, Samsung did file a patent software for a phone with a notch design in addition to a notchless one, with holes cut into the display as a substitute of a display screen cut-out.

Extremely unlikely: A fingerprint scanner embedded within the show

This rumor has been hooked up to almost each high-end Samsung telephone (and iPhone) for years now. Korean information website The Investor (and others) have steered that the Galaxy Be aware 9 would have a fingerprint reader built-in proper within the show, just like the Vivo X20 Plus UD and the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS. However phrase on the road is that Samsung is saving this one up for the Galaxy S10 and can put the fingerprint scanner on the again of the Be aware 9.

Different rumored Galaxy Be aware 9 specs

Jessica Dolcourt and Perla Shaheen contributed to this report.

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