Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could arrive earlier than anyone expected

Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy Note 9 handset at an event on August 9, according to new report. The sooner-than-expected announcement is tipped by Bloomberg sources, who say the company will hold an “Unpacked” showcase in New York.

The company usually unveils its Galaxy Note update nearer to the end of August at, or shortly before, the IFA tech show. However, Friday’s report says the phone could be on sale as soon as the end of August, but cautioned that those plans could still shift.

According to the sources ‘familiar with the plans’, the phone will feature an upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (likely the 845) in some markets, while the homegrown Exynos chip will feature elsewhere.

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It’ll also have an upgraded camera, according to the report, while we already know the phone will also see the debut of the Bixby 2.0 assistant. Bloomberg also mentions Samsung’s rumoured smart speaker in its report, but its unclear whether that device will be unveiled at the August showcase.

Delay? What delay?

Earlier this week it emerged the phone could be delayed slightly due to a willingness to make the display thinner. Reportedly, Samsung’s vice chairman Lee Jae-yong wants to achieve this by reducing the display cover glass by an extra 0.5mm.

Lee is reportedly keen on how phones from Oppo and Xiaomi (among others) feel in the hand and wants the Note 9 to follow suit. He’s said to believe this could be achieved by lessening the footprint of the glass designed to protect the OLED panel.

Elsewhere, the display is expected to be slightly larger than its predecessor, at 6.38-inches, making it the largest Note handset yet. Speculation continues to focus on whether Samsung will be including a built-in optical fingerprint sensor. Where’s your money?

Will the Note 9 challenge for phone of the year? Or do you think the Galaxy S9 will be Samsung’s best handset of 2018? Let us know @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

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