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It is that time of the year again when the Internet buzzes with what the South Korean tech giant Samsung has in store for its Galaxy Note series. Seriously, it's a thing.

Next up in line is the Note 9, and no surprise here, but there already have been many supposed leaks ahead of the official reveal on Aug 9 in New York City.


We scoured the Net to see what people are saying and speculating about Samsung's next flagship smartphone and here's what we got so far:

Look and feel

Rumour has it that the Note 9's design will be similar to its predecessor, the Note 8, that was revealed on Aug 23 last year. So that means that it's rectangular, with a metal frame and a glass back. And no, there are no hints of a notch making an appearance on the screen.

Tech Radar claims that it will have dual-lens cameras as well as a fingerprint scanner on the back. Wait a minute. Didn't people heavily speculate that the Note 9 will feature an in-screen fingerprint sensor? Tech Radar speculates that Samsung couldn't meet the deadline to have this feature, and that the technology will instead be reserved for the Galaxy S10 next year.

However, The Inquirer still feels that the feature will make it, so that just means we have to wait until the official launch to know who is right.

The coolest leak is about the S Pen – The Verge says that it will possibly have built-in Bluetooth that will let users control music, take photos, or even answer or hang up calls.

On top of that, like most of Samsung's high-end devices, the Note 9 will also reportedly be dust and water resistant.The Inquirer states that the Note 9 is expected to have a 6.38in display, making it slightly bigger than the 6.3in on the Note 8. However, Tech Radar claims that the screen size will be maintained, with a phone dimension of 161.9 x 76.3 x 8.8mm.

On the inside

Industry veteran Eldar Murtazin wrote on Mobile-Review that the Note 9 will have a 4,000mAh battery, and will come in three versions – 6GB RAM with 128GB storage; 8GB RAM with 256GB storage; and 8GB RAM with 512GB storage.

Forbes writes that the device will have a microSD slot that supports up to 512GB, possibly making Note 9 the world's first "mass-market 1TB-capable smartphone". The Note 9 will still feature dual rear cameras, writes Tech Advisor, adding that Samsung's Isocell Plus technology will improve the light sensitivity by up to 15% compared to Note 8.

This, it claims, will increase colour fidelity as it allows the sensors to capture more light. It also claims that the Note 9 will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo instead of the Android P like everyone wants, and that those who purchase the device will need to wait for a bit before updating to the new operating system.

Slash Gear predicts that the Note 9 will be released in five colours – black, grey, violet/purple, blue and brown, judging by the model codes for the new S Pen selections that have surfaced online. It claims that Samsung has the tendency to match the colour of the S Pen to that of the handset.

Bixby 2.0 will also reportedly make its official debut with Note 9, with enhanced natural language capabilities, faster response time, and improved noise resistance.

Well, the only thing we can do now is wait patiently for Aug 9 to come, when Samsung will officially reveal the Note 9, and these rumours will either be quashed once and for all or finally proven true.

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Source : https://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2018/07/06/the-samsung-galaxy-note-9-according-to-the-internet/

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