Results: the Note 9 might be pushing its luck by reiterating the old design

Results: the Note 9 might be pushing its luck by reiterating the old design
As Samsung's August event draws near, we are continuously getting more and more leaks about the Galaxy Note 9. A fierce phablet with top-tier hardware, a big update of its proprietary S Pen, and Samsung's sleek design language. Well... too much of the same design language.

According to reports, the Note 9 will look a lot like the Note 8, just as the Galaxy S9 looks so similar to the Galaxy S8. Samsung believes in its design enough to reiterate it confidently — super-slim bezels, curved displays, metal-and-glass construction. It surely checks all the top-tier boxes.

Results: the Note 9 might be pushing its luck by reiterating the old design


But, of course, if you are spending $960 on a new phone, you probably want it to have a brand-new design to show off. So, we thought we'd ask you — will you be able to live with a non-refreshed Galaxy Note 9, or do you crave an all-new design above all? Here's how that poll went:

Would you be disappointed if the Note 9 looks like the Note 8?

Nope! The Note 8's looks still hold up quite well!
28.82%
I was hoping for some progress, but I could live with it...
31.32%
Yes! I want a fresh design!
39.86%

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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38 Comments

1. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Does people really expect companies to completely redesign their smartphones every single year, instead of following a general design language? Samsung has only followed the same design language for 2 generations now, if they release the Note 9 with the same design language as the Note 8. How is it pushing it to keep it the somewhat same for a single year? For god sake, Apple has had the same design for 4 generations now, which is twice as long. Their smartphones still have screen-to-body ratios and designs from 2015.

32. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

People don't expect the new design, but a new price. $960 is not the new price we want and it is a big no. Spec wise, I don't think it surpassed the competitors.

2. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

still a good design... no change needed, keeps a stupid notch at bay

3. Awalker

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think Samsung still has the best design of any phone from the front.

4. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I definitely agree. They're able to achieve better screen-to-body ratios than 1000$ devices, and they don't have to resort to an unsightly notch, in order to achieve it.

17. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

The only device that looks better from the front is the iPhone X. Those unsightly top and bottom bezels on the S8/9 don't do it any favours; they really need to get rid of them and push the screen right to the edges else they'll fall even further behind Apple than they already are.

22. baldilocks

Posts: 1452; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

?? Ok.

24. the_nox

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

100% disagree. My Galaxy S8+ has an absolutely gorgeous design that doesn't require every app/video to work around a notch. The bezels are both extremely small and help the phone sit inside of a case or in the palm of my hand without any accidental touches on the screen. Next to an iPhone X my 16-month old phone still blows it away with its much larger screen and sleek curved design. It honestly blows my mind that the 5.8" iPhone X launched at a price several-hundred dollars more than my phone (and Apple couldn't even throw in a fast-charger with their $1000 phone...).

27. sissy246

Posts: 7001; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL not even. That notch on any phone is ugly .

31. chenski

Posts: 745; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Oppo find x says hi

38. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I completely disagree with you. The symmetry of the Galaxy S9 and S8 is beautiful to behold, and the bezels are tiny, as seen from the fact that the S9 and S8 has a better screen-to-body ratio than the iPhone X, meaning the bezels on the iPhone X is actually bigger overall. The best thing is the fact that the S9 and S8 design allows the display to have a natural shape, instead of having things dip into it and black out parts of a video or other content.

20. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Mate 10 looks nicer

5. Alcyone

Posts: 232; Member since: May 10, 2018

Haha. Really gonna insinuate that the design is long in nail and tooth? Anyone, remember the 6, 6s, and 7? Double standard that Apple can "pull" it off, when Samsung offers more features. *(Former iPhone user)*

7. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

(Current Android user) How can you compare iPhones to Androids so easily? You just cannot do that. People buy iPhones not just for their design but for the overall user experience which they cannot get from any android phone elsewhere even if they are willing to pay $2000 for it. Some people love iOS and hate Android. iPhone is unique and Galaxy Note 8 is not unique because it runs Android.

9. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 904; Member since: May 07, 2014

Common we all know you have never been an Android user.

10. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 904; Member since: May 07, 2014

iOS is pre-historic

11. sissy246

Posts: 7001; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"(Current Android user)" Sure you are. "People buy iPhones not just for their design but for the overall user experience" The only thing the iPhone has on a Android phone is maybe running a gaming app a LITTLE smother and opening a gaming app 1 or 2 seconds quicker. People also buy their Android phone of choice because they like the over all experience they get.

21. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"People buy iPhones not just for their design but for the overall user experience which they cannot get from any android phone elsewhere..." Explain.

26. apple-rulz

Posts: 1896; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

iOS. Now tell me which android device I can buy that has iOS. I don’t want an iPhone, but I do want iMessage and Apple Pay. Please tell me what other manufacturer offers those features.

37. Marcwand3l

Posts: 414; Member since: May 08, 2017

A lot of nonsense in this post.

39. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

You're not an android user, stop with that pathetic lie to try and make yourself seem less like an Apple fanboy. The only thing you ever do on this site is to thrashtalk everything Android, especially Samsung, as Samsung is the only company stopping Apple from achieving a monopoly in the western markets. No one is going to believe you're an android user.

19. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"Anyone, remember the 6, 6s, and 7?" And 8. Will most like be the same for the 9.

25. the_nox

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Was waiting for this comment. Apple used the same design for 6, 6s, 7, 8 (Reusing the same exact design language over 4 years... even car manufacturers refresh/update an entire model in less time). They didn't even try to hide it and refresh their lineup with smaller bezels. Then you have this post s**tting on Samsung for using a similar design for 2 years in a row, which is pretty standard for every phone manufacturer besides Apple and Sony.

6. Elvis358

Posts: 203; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Still Ugly especially back designe those cameras looks owful. Actually don't mind the front just the back!

8. midan

Posts: 2575; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

This will be very risky move, we all saw how badly S9 is selling and one big reason is that it's mostly S8 and it even looks same. Same goes with this Note, how Samsung think people will pay almost $1000 for this when it offers hardly anything worth of money and look exactly same than their old phone. I couldn't buy same looking phone especially If i know it hardly offers anything worth of upgrade. When you get new design you actually feel like you got a new device.

12. sissy246

Posts: 7001; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Next year will be Samsungs year to change design. I hope they don't , I like what they have now. But others hope they do. I don't get you people(ifans) that think it's ok for apple to keep same design for years, but you trash talk Samsung when they do. If a person is coming from a note 5 they will be getting a great upgrade, from a note 8 it will still be a decent upgrade.

13. midan

Posts: 2575; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Pay attention, I've said it many times that without X i would still use 6s. Also Apple is very different, you have take what they offer, with Android you can choose from many options so new design is lot more important.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7001; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Pay attention, I am not just talking about you.

23. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

No ... Because all s9 has was seen before. That is why ppl dont get excited. They are not bringing new stuff, just getting things from others and putting all together

14. jm405

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

People are a little more impatient with Sammy changing their design because people can't wait for their implementation of the all screen design. I totally understand the impatience because when Samsung sets their sights in 1up'ing competition they usually produce something pretty amazing. Though, I have no real complaints of the Note 8 look, I still want to see their version of the all screen Note.

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