The release of the Galaxy Note 9 is fast approaching, and Samsung just can’t seem to keep a lid on the phone. The Note9 pre-order page went up early (as spotted by VentureBeat’s Evan Blass) on Samsung’s New Zealand site, which revealed a full back shot of the phone and the bright yellow stylus. Samsung also accidentally (accidentally?) posted the Note9 launch video to YouTube early, which does the usual slow pans over a phone render, revealing the device from all angles.
Last year’s Note8 was a big redesign for the Note line, and this year’s Galaxy Note9 is pretty much the same design with upgraded internals. The one design change is a reworked fingerprint reader placement, which was panned last year for being too hard to reach. Other than that it looks a lot like the Note8, with on-screen buttons, a front iris scanner, dual rear cameras, USB-C, and an increasingly rare headphone jack.
The one bit of new information contained in this latest round of leaks is the reveal of a 512GB version, which would be a first for Samsung. Samsung’s video points out that true data hoarders can also add a 512GB SD card, for a total of 1TB of storage. We’re also expecting an upgraded camera and a newer Snapdragon 845 SoC (in the US, at least), 6GB of RAM, and a 6.3-inch 2960×1440 OLED display. Some rumors point to a big battery upgrade, with the Note line moving from 3300mAh to 4000mAh.
Like the recently announced Galaxy Tab S4, the Note9 is expected to support Samsung’s “Dex” Android desktop mode without the need for an extra piece of dock hardware. FCC documents have revealed the S-Pen will have Bluetooth functionality, which could enable things like music controls or other commands via the S-Pen’s single button.
There’s not much left to know about the Note9, but Samsung will confirm everything officially on August 9.
Listing image by Evan Blass