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!
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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45 Comments

1. Ray.S

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

No, the Note 8 design is good. They should work on performance and reliability.

5. afrohoxha

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Just camera performance, battery life and intelligent scan would be enough improvements. I can't think of anything else right now.

7. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 643; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Exactly. As far as the Note series goes, the design has only been used once. No sane company changes the design of their phone every year. It's just not economical.

10. drexappeal

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 11, 2018

Absolutely agree! And it seems like they did concentrate on reliability for the Note 9. 4000mah battery, many blogs and articles are disregarding how significant that is, but Huawei has had it in their Mate series for multiple years already, so it's about time that Samsung caught up. Additionally, the fingerprint sensor is where it should be. I seem to remember that being the MAIN complaint about blogs and articles last year, but somehow nobody is really talking about that being a fix that Samsung has corrected. The narrative changes every single year and many articles knocking Samsung for not having a "huge" change, but what about looking at the historical pattern Samsung has had. They have always had only a slight change, after a significant design change.

18. mahima

Posts: 726; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

if iphone can get away with 4 gen with exactly same design...samsung should be forgiven for same design used in two generation

22. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

YES, YES, YES. I'm tired of looking at all the other Chinese phone makers come up with such beautiful innovative designs for cheap prices and top specs while I'm holding an ugly brick of a phone since 2016....

30. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

So you don't like rectangular phones but love curved phones. Such ugly taste. Reminds me off Nokia back in days with their circle almost design phone.

36. willy.4

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

then sell the apple Iphone....... lol just sayin

31. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Note 8 performance is top notch. But Samsung Pay isn't working since the last update.

2. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

What do people who voted either yes option want? This is Samsung's current design aesthetic. I don't see any polls of people wanting new Apple designs, even though they've been the same since 2007.

3. rkoforever90

Posts: 417; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Apple.could get away with whatever they do.its not the case with other oem. I will hold onto my note 5 for another year so that the upgrade to note 10 will be huge.and for the first time in my life I'm using a phone for 3 years.thanks to stagnant innovation in smartphone industry

6. JCASS889

Posts: 483; Member since: May 18, 2018

i feel you on that one, i went from an lg g3 to an s9+ and the difference was massive. i dont understand why people upgrade every single time a new phone is out then complain that its not a big difference.

4. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; 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: 1084; 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.

43. Mrchicago

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 20, 2016

And android wouldn’t be anywhere if Apple didn’t make the “home screen” with the dock icons popular.

44. Mrchicago

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 20, 2016

It’s crazy how on every Samsung article you bring up apple. Kind of sad really!

45. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

iPhone8 outsell iPhoneX in last report, so yeah..

8. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

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

9. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

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

13. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

And importantly 4000mah battery

20. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

And maybe 8gb Ram

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.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3973; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Which other company redesigns their phone every year???

29. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

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

15. Wazupmrg

Posts: 146; 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.

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.

19. Rager722 unregistered

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

21. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

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

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.

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