If the Note 9 looks like the Note 8, would you be disappointed?

If the Note 9 looks like the Note 8, would you be disappointed?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is approaching its announcement date and, as is now the norm with hot phones, it's being leaked left and right. Of course, it's a good idea to take any leak and rumor with a pinch of salt, but we can't deny the fact that multiple sources are saying the same thing over and over — the Note 9 will look pretty similar, if not almost identical, to the Galaxy Note 8.

But is this a bad thing? Thin-bezeled smartphones still feel pretty futuristic and Samsung's curved Infinity Displays (a.k.a. Edge screens) are still very pretty to look at and rarely replicated by the competition. Yea, a new design would be nice but... where to? The Note 8 already has non-existant side bezels and super-thin "forehead and chin".

On the other hand, of course, if you are a fan that upgrades their $900+ smartphone every year, you'd expect your favorite company to push the envelope and try and surprise you again and again.

So, if the Note 9's design really is (almost) the same as the Note 8's — would that upset you?

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

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

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI



42. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Beside iPhone NO one can have the same design twice!

41. tyger11

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Not a fan of the curved sides, but other than that, it's a gorgeous device.

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No, and it is gonna look like it.

39. power21

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 15, 2015

I hate the edge display look. To be continue.

38. cmdacos

Posts: 4412; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Missed the s pen far more than I thought I would when I sold my 8 to get the 9+. Can't wait for the 9 to come but then likely won't be able to resist the s10

37. willy.4

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

I'm still rockin my Note 4 and lovin It...... when I do upgrade to the Note 10 It'll be epic :} As when I went from the Note 1 to the 4 , that was awesome as well .... With my 3 batteries and running Greenify and Package disabler along the side of PDP Engine . I have a great 4.5/ 6.5 on screen time pr charge pending what I'm playing or running at the time..... Go Sammy Go... ;}

35. JohnR

Posts: 165; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

What else is supposed to look like?

34. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

The Note8 looks better than most Flagships these days, it's fine for the Note9 to look the same, let the Note10 bring the big changes.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The only thing that sways me now is the battery size. But what I really want is in display FPS and real front facing stereo speakers. Without those, I probably won't upgrade this year. The Note 8 will still be better than anything else other than the Note 9.

28. Clars123

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Im just here to observe the hypocrisy of people voting 'fresh design' Regardless, it was clear a long time ago that Samsung's announcements for this year would just be placeholders for the real deal next year.

27. JayBEE

Posts: 182; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

*shrug* Didn't plan on getting anyway as I am still getting over the Note 7 debacle with my Note 8. I'll hold on to her for a little longer.

26. midan

Posts: 3261; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I wonder how confident Samsung feels now when they have seen how badly S9 is selling. One big reason is the same design and now they do same thing with Note series. There's not much you can improve anymore with these devices so design changes are playing big role.

25. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I don't care, the fuctionality is much more important than looks. But Note 8 is imho a nice device.

24. Elvis358

Posts: 301; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

When other company smartphones have same design for more than one year everyone screams and talk sh*t about them. But when Samsung design have the same designe since note 5 everyone says "ohh it's beautiful, it's good" Bulls**t

23. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Same design doesn't sell when the S9+ is a better phone minus the S-Pen. Hyping the S-Pen won't be enough. What set the Notes apart was that they were bigger and different. Samsung ate it's own market by growing the S-models. If they were going to stick with the same design, they should have bundled a significant number of new features/technologies that are being held back for the S10. Oh, there again, allowing the S to eat the Note market.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Except it's not. I don't know why, but the Note always runs better than the S.

21. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Ain't buying this year, there's to many treats coming next year! Lol

19. Rager722 unregistered

Give me an option that says "I'm fine, waiting on Note 10 for the REAL redesign."

16. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

As long as it does NOT have a gawd dam ugly as phk notch, all Samsung phones are golden.

15. Wazupmrg

Posts: 222; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Apple took years to update their look and i didn't see any post about would you buy it if it didn't have a new look. If the design is solid, why keep changing it every year? Do they do that with TV's? Popular cars? No, the design stays mostly the same, but the technology inside(something Apple isn't great at innovating) is what's important. But of course, give Apple fan boys a chance to try and knock Samsung by putting some biased post up.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4412; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Which other company redesigns their phone every year???

29. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Almost every company. Why to redesign something just for a sake of redesigning is another question.

12. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

What y'all want? A notch? How refreshed can it get? Just because Vivo and Oppo got bezeless displays or minimal bezels doesn't mean Samsung should rush it. We don't want display recalls do we? Most brands recycle their design for 2 years. Samsung has always been known to make their phone look different every year. So chill people. Just because they finally recycle the S8 for the S9 and the upcoming Note9 isn't all bad. Hell, if the S10 and Note 10 looked similar I wouldn't even complain, apples been using the iPhone 6 design since 2014. And don't say it's because it's Apple. Lack of upgrades on the Galaxies are because Galaxy users ar truly happy. I still love my S8 as my back up device, but bought an S9 because I need the upgrade camera and speaker. And those upgrades have made me want to take more pictures and really come around for when I'm at a loud environment like Starbucks. Designs have been to blame for the s9 sales, when it's really just people are happy with their S8.

8. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Note 9 = note 8 + f1.5/f2.4

9. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1126; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

+ 960FPS + centralized FPS + SD 845 + built around Android 8.0 + improved S-Pen

13. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

And importantly 4000mah battery

20. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

And maybe 8gb Ram

4. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

True Galaxy fans will not be disappointed on 2 a years old design , apple used iPhone 6 design for 5 years yet true ifruit fans still buy iPhone 8

11. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

That's really a shame for Samsung, their innovative, beautiful, infinity design can't outsell a 4 year old design.

17. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Maybe not, but that 4 year old design would still only be 1 size if it weren't for Samsung.

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