Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 9 early, confirms redesigned rear camera


If you had any doubts about the name of Samsung's next Galaxy Note smartphone, or about the fact that this would come with a redesigned rear camera, you can finally cast them aside. Samsung itself is now confirming that its upcoming flagship handset is called Galaxy Note 9, while also showing off an official render of it and its S Pen.

The Galaxy Note 9 render that we're talking about (seen below) is currently shown only on Samsung's New Zealand website, next to a non-working pre-order button. Since the new smartphone won't be properly announced before August 9, this is likely a mistake - the whole pre-order page will probably disappear in no time and should resurface online on, or after August 9. 

The Note 9 showcased by Samsung is a blue variant, although its S Pen is yellow. Previously leaked images have suggested that this would be the only variant to come with a differently-colored stylus. In other words, the black Note 9 will have a black S Pen, the brown Note 9 should have a brown S Pen, and so on.    

In the US, Samsung only allows customers to reserve the new Note via a special webpage - without really revealing the handset and its name. A reservation is not a pre-order, so you'll have to return to Samsung's website on August 9 to actually buy the Note 9 (which, by the way, is presented as the company's most powerful phone to date). 

Prices for the Galaxy Note 9 should start at around $900 - $950 (128 GB model), going up to about $1,200 (512 GB model). If you want to know what features the new phone is expected to offer, our Galaxy Note 9 rumor review is a good place to start.


source: Samsung New Zealand via @evleaks (Twitter)

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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)

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23 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

What?? So early??? That's very unusual for Samsung. Anyways, it looks awesome in that blue shade though...! And I just love the gold on the new S-pen.

5. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 946; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

It's hardly early though and its Yellow now Gold.

7. toukale

Posts: 669; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

The Apple pressure is getting to them. First the attack ads on Apple, then we learned the S9 was not selling well, actually went negative.Today Apple reached the trillion mark and Sept. 12th is 6 weeks away. Can't blame them for jumping the gun. Samsung needs to stop focusing on Apple and instead focus on Huawei. Unlike Apple, Huawei have the same aspiration, same game plan and are doing the same thing as them.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If people want an iPhone they will get one. If people want a Note they will get one. The note has never been the high yield flagship of the line up but this is setting up to be the phone of the year.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31624; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It never sells the best, it just is the best.

14. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Outside China , Huawei has no power against Apple or Samsung. Probably no more than 15% of their total sales. Most of their sales are Honor, 60%.

2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Note 8++

4. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So what You don't like it don't buy it. It's fine for that other company to make very very small changes to their phone but when Samsungs changes aren't real big you haters are all over it.

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

11. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You know, if it wasn't the truth I would. Buy the way , some of those I hadn't heard yet, lol

15. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Recycled comment.

3. JCASS889

Posts: 618; Member since: May 18, 2018

I mean how much more powerful is it compared to any other 845 flagship phone with 8gb of ram

6. srgonu

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Along with the hardware, its the software that makes it powerful.

23. MartyvH

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

Very true, the Z5 Compact had powerful hardware but the software made it lag city even immediately after a factory reset.

9. JCASS889

Posts: 618; Member since: May 18, 2018

But it's the same hardware as the s9+ but a bigger battery and the s pen and software for s pen, other than that no difference

10. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

but it isn't really. You don't know whats comong yet. a few exclusive changes to the software compared to S9+ will make it a whole different phone.

16. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"...bigger battery and the s pen and software for s pen, other than that no difference" Which is actually a difference.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31624; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung is about to come with the beast, but something keeps telling me to wait for the 10. I really think it’s gonna be a game changer.

17. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

I'm getting this joint regardless, playa.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31624; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I ruled it out, but if I’m blown away by the features, and some awesome surprises, I could pull the trigger on one. I never say never, when it comes to a Note. I’ve put my foot in my mouth before...happily too.

20. Avieshek unregistered

For one, LPDDR5 RAM would come with 10.

21. deleon629 unregistered

One thing is certain, the Note series is a formula that actually works and has worked for Samsung for almost a decade... Waiting for the S10, even with all its expected new features, is technically like waiting for a prototype, nonetheless. This means it will most likely be very prone to a number of new "prototypical problems" and beta kinks as I would call them.

19. Joosty

Posts: 491; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

They are feeling the pressure to sell since the S9 didn’t sell as expected. Apple will own this holiday season anyway, they always do.

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