The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has just been certified for sale by the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (CMIIT), a process which inevitably involves making the device public. The certification at this early stage could indicate that Samsung is intending on launching the Note 9 much sooner than expected.
Samsung typically refreshes the Galaxy Note series in September, but recent reports have suggested the Note 9 will launch in July or August in an attempt to undercut the rumored Apple iPhone launch. Spotted by LetsGoDigital
, Samsung has passed two models for certification listed only as ‘SM-N9600’ and ‘SM-N9608’. With two models listed, it confirms Samsung will retain the split processor strategy of offering a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and Samsung Exynos 9810 variant. A recent tweet
from Evan Blass suggests the final model number will be the SM-N960U and is codenamed "Crown."
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be an iterative upgrade on the Note 8 but is rumored to be Samsung's first flagship device to feature a fingerprint sensor embedded under the display. The move away from a physical sensor on the back of the device has been floating around since the Galaxy Note 8 but the technology wasn't ready so never made it to the final device. Other changes for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will build on what the Note 8 introduced and follow closely the iterative nature of the S9 that saw a similar design as previous models.
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Analysts have suggested the Galaxy Note 9 could see an increase in the battery capacity to 3850mAh or 4000mAh, although quite how Samsung will achieve this without compromising the physical footprint of the device could leave this one as a big maybe. It would, however, mark the largest battery fitted into a Samsung smartphone and detract from the usual conservative nature of battery capacity in its devices. What can be almost guaranteed is the inclusion of the variable aperture introduced on the Galaxy S9+ to enhance the capability of the camera, though exactly how this will translate into Megapixels remains to be seen.
With all that is being rumored for the Galaxy Note 9, it is shaping up to be the most powerful Samsung device released. This is exactly the purpose of the Note series - for Samsung to showcase its technological prowess and push the boundaries of what is possible. While we don't expect the design to deviate much from what we've seen on the Note 8, let's hope Samsung push the limits once more with the technology it bundles in the Galaxy Note 9.
If you're keen to get your hands on the Note 9, you won't have to wait too long as Samsung line up for a July or August release.
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