Samsung has delayed the Galaxy Note 9 by two weeks due to a design change

Samsung has delayed the Galaxy Note 9 by two weeks due to a design change
After a previous report claimed Samsung was aiming for a late July unveiling for the Galaxy Note 9, a new one from The Bell now states that this is no longer the case due to a last-minute design change.

As noted, it appears Samsung’s Vice Chairman Lee Jan-Yong visited a number of local stores in Shenzhen to check out competing smartphones and, upon doing so, the Chairman is said to have realized that other smartphones offer an increased feeling of grip. In light of this, Lee Jan-Yong reportedly spoke to Samsung’s engineers in the hope fixing this issue by reducing the thickness of the Galaxy Note 9’s display glass by 0.5mm, a decision that has ultimately led to a delay of two weeks. If this is the case, the Galaxy Note 9 should see an official announcement towards the beginning of August, falling in line with the company's typical timeline, with sales then expected to commence by the end of the month.

Currently, the Galaxy Note 9 is expected to introduce on minimal updates over last year’s flagship, one of the biggest external differences being a minimal increase in display size – the Galaxy Note 8 boasted a 6.32-inch panel, whereas the Note 9 is set to feature a 6.38-inch display. On a hardware note, Samsung’s Exynos 9810 will power the device in all markets except the US, where the Snapdragon 845 by Qualcomm will be employed. This should be accompanied by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Although a previous rumor said a 512GB variant was being debated.

If Samsung chooses to stick with an August release, the Galaxy Note 9 will be once again be given a much-needed head start in the flagship market. After all, not only is Apple’s new 2018 lineup expected to arrive in mid-September, but the South Korean company will also face increased competition from the LG V40 and Huawei’s Mate 20 line come fall.

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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 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)



1. Macready

Posts: 1829; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

0.5 mm change in thickness makes that much of a difference and a design change only causing 2 weeks delay.... Sounds legit... More likely: Usual rumors of an extry early release were false, as they are most of the time. This is the façade to cover the false rumor with another invented one.

2. drazwy

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Yeah, this. Or they are just behind schedule. Design change is highly unlikely. Seems a little far along for that.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"More likely: Usual rumors of an extry early release were false, as they are most of the time. This is the façade to cover the false rumor with another invented one" Exactly It was never going to be released early. Just all the Samsung hate sites starting s**t.

12. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1459; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Or consider that to implement an under screen fingerprint scanner the whole AMOLED screen can't be more than 1.2mm thick. Then a two week delay if not more would make sense.

20. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Yup. I think you're right!

3. gamehead unregistered

They probably need to change the battery

11. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Note again :(

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

To fit notched screen?

5. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

"increasingly more 'grip'"? If they want to add more grip, then don't make a device out of smooth metal and glass. Also don't put such large screens in the device so that people can actually hold them with a single hand, again.

17. Carlitos

Posts: 679; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Then don't get the note. The note is purposely made to be used with two hands.

22. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Agree with Carlos. Simply do not purchase.

23. Blazers

Posts: 760; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Not sure what you're whining about....the Note line has always been designed to be large. Get an S9 if you want a smaller device.

7. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Slim please. Over 8 mm is huge

8. Engineer20

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

I dont think there is a direct competitor for Note series. I only want to buy a note because it has a note. I like some aspects in it and i hate some (like the terrible batter).

14. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You could say phones like the V30/V35 and the iPhone 8 Plus could be direct competition but most people will say no just because those two don’t have a stylus.

26. Macready

Posts: 1829; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Those are basically direct competitors for the Plus version of the S series, since the size difference between that and the Note has become minimal or in some cases nonexistent.

9. ZanrZij

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

Much bigger battery more inportant than 0.5mm thickness. 2 days battery life make Samsung sell x2 better

10. AxelFoley unregistered

Careful JY Lee. Researching the characteristics of the competition and making changes based on it is reffered to as "copying" by many people.

13. fyah_king unregistered

4500mah battery would be great and make the Note a 7in phone.

15. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

3300-3600 is enough

19. Carlitos

Posts: 679; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

3700-4000mah. Shouldn't be too much of a problem. They already got a 4000mah in their active line of phones. I don't see why it would not fit in the note

16. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

They will add a notch.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Only in their bedpost.

18. Critical54

Posts: 36; Member since: May 04, 2016

Checking out competition....Hmmm, Call me crazy but the majority of the competition has employed a Notch, Its plausible that the real goal is to get a notch implemented.

24. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

0.5mm less thinner glass back? So much more fragile, as if glass sandwich devices are already not fragile enough...

25. geordie8t1

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

I hope they focus more on the poor battery life on the note 8 and even the worse GS9, i loved both phones but they just made me angry with how fast they burnt thru battery even with so called optimizing, if other phones can fit 4000mAh batteries inside smaller devices, please samsung can you do the same? Then your optimizing might actually be pretty good. Didnt like the removal of the touch to expose in camera mode either on the GS9, only using a generic slider often just highlights the whole image rather then sections i wanted under/overexposed

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