The Galaxy Note 9's horizontal camera setup is returning because of battery life

The Galaxy Note 9's horizontal camera setup is returning because of battery life
Last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 were highly criticized because of their fingerprint scanner placement, although this was ultimately corrected with the Galaxy S9 lineup earlier this year by introducing a new vertical setup. However, according to recent Galaxy Note 9 images, it appears the horizontal camera module may be making a return along with a repositioned fingerprint scanner, and here’s why.

With the Galaxy Note 8, the brand included only a small 3,300mAh battery pack, with many fans calling the brand out for the size after its announcement. Ultimately, because of this, it appears Samsung is keen to up the capacity, with recent information claiming that the battery could sit anywhere between 3,850mAh and 4,000mAh. However, in order to do so, the brand needs to create as much space as possible within the device so that it can accommodate the larger juice pack, hence the return of the horizontal camera setup. See, with the Galaxy S9+ and its vertical camera setup, Samsung was ultimately able to increase the battery capacity to 3,500mAh but, considering the minimal size differences between the latter and the upcoming Galaxy Note 9, the huge increase in battery capacity that Samsung is hoping would be impossible to achieve. Because of this, the company has been forced to make some design sacrifices.

The South Korean brand appears fully aware of the disadvantages that come with the horizontal setup but also appears keen to please its customers, hence the newly-positioned fingerprint scanner that will sit below the camera module. Considering the device’s height, it’s clear that the sensor may still be a bit of a stretch for some consumers but, if these claims are accurate, the higher position may be something users are willing to deal with in exchange for a significantly improved battery life.

source: Ice Universe (translated)

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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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37 Comments

1. ZanrZij

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

If Sam optimized 9810 battery life and increase capacity to 4k, take my money :)

5. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I know I'm going to get killed for this but if they moved the cameras to where the iPhones X have theirs on the side would that not free up more space for a larger battery?

6. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

The phone doesn't consist only of camera module and battery, there are lot more things like antenna,SOC etc etc

9. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Battery may be taller, it does not mean bigger. It could be thinner for thinner phone.

25. Nostromo79

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

Hey, just what I'm not looking for, Humanoid, a thinner, more slippery and harder-to-hold Note device. I would hope that a few more millimeters of substance might be added.

10. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I think this is definitely a good decision, as people always want more battery life, which Samsung has heard and therefore choose to prioritize that over a vertical camera setup. The difference in height for the fingerprint scanner will be minimal, as it is still below the camera housing. I think this is another great example of Samsung listening to their consumers more than any other other brand. Consumers wanted a bigger battery - - > horizontal camera housing to make it possible. People disliked a horizontal camera housing with a fingerprint scanner right next to it - - > put it below instead of besides for easier access and recognizability.

11. Chrusti

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Wow finger print on the back next to the camera? No thanks.

12. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 371; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Gosh, still looks to high and very tiny sensor. Better then the note 8 position I guess. Personally I really like the placement on my s8, samsung seemed to have designed it with Asian hands in mind

16. fyah_king unregistered

Asian hands?

13. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I mean the fps doesn't have to be above the battery because they usually use a ribbon cable anyway

14. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

3300 mAh to 3850 or even 4000 mAh, what kind of increase is that? Give me 5000mAh or even more, 7000mAh. For the price of these stupid phones that's the least they can do. I can't imagine, nowadays people have to save money for over a year just to buy a stupid gadget that'll become obsolete after just over one year later. This is becoming frustrating.

17. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 671; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Two things: If you have to save up over a year to buy a flagship phone, it's probably a pretty good assumption that you shouldn't be buying a flagship phone. Secondly, no flagship phone is obsolete after just a year. That's you being brainwashed to think that. My Note 5 does almost everything my Note 8 does (just a hair slower) & is still better than the mid-rangers coming out today. How can that possibly be considered obsolete?

24. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

Ok, maybe a bit excessive with the obsolete thing (I'm still using my Galaxy S4 bought in 2013). "If you have to save up over a year to buy a flagship phone, it's probably a pretty good assumption that you shouldn't be buying a flagship phone." What do you mean by that? Less privileged people shouldn't want to have the best? These flagships are just getting more and more expensive, this is just crazy.

30. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 671; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I'm not saying less privileged people shouldn't want the best. The point is that if it takes you a year to save enough money just to buy a phone, you probably have other more pressing priorities you should be worrying about. At the end of the day though, people should do whatever they want with their money.

31. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

True! It is because I have more pressing priorities that I take my times to save money for as long as it'll take. But don't get me wrong, I totally agree with you. I'm probably kind of mad at myself for always wanting Flagships. At least I don't kill myself to get it, I save the minimum amount possible that I can spare every month and just wait for the price to reduce until it is within my reach(no matter how long it takes)

32. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

True! It is because I have more pressing priorities that I take my times to save money for as long as it'll take. But don't get me wrong, I totally agree with you. I'm probably kind of mad at myself for always wanting Flagships. At least I don't kill myself to get it, I save the minimum amount possible that I can spare every month and just wait for the price to reduce until it is within my reach(no matter how long it takes)

26. Nostromo79

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

I would not mind a chunkier phone, something like The Old Droid Bionic (2011), packing a battery that'd go a full day without a fuss. I believe I'm quite in the minority for my radical opinion but that doesn't bother me. I am, however, keeping an eye out for Red Hydrogen's device which may actually debut just before the Note9.

35. luis.aag90

Posts: 272; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

You're asking too much. Most flagships are between 3000 and 4000 mAh. Have you ever opened a flagship phone? There are so many sensors, ICs and boards on that tiny body. Cheap phones with 5000 mAh batteries are a reality because they don't stuff as many components inside, while they are also chunky compared to flagships.

15. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Poor designs and bad decisions!

19. dschwartz

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

I'm sick of writers knocking the Note8 finger reader. I've had my Note8 since release, have small hands and have never had an issue with the placement. The Apple centric writing is the only problem

27. Nostromo79

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

Though my Note8 is a little 'power hungry' I can't fault it for a single issues through nine months of intense use. In a vacuum, I could skim-over the Note9 and not even miss it. What does pique my interest is the possibility, however remote and however I might actually believe some of the hype this time, that the Note9 will have that great, big 512 gigs of native storage. We shall see.

36. luis.aag90

Posts: 272; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I'll skip the Note 9 and wait for the Note 10 or whatever the name will be. I'm happy with my Note 8.

20. Stormrider

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

What's up with the "brand"?

23. Nostromo79

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

I'm not one to quibble over the placement of the fingerprint sensor as these biometric security measures make sense and don't seem tedious to me. I actually use the sensor to log into a few accounts. What I am keen to see in a Note9 is a longer lasting battery and the 512 gigabyte model on sale on Day One when the Note9 debuts on Verizon. Otherwise, I will not 'byte' since I'm sure my Note8 would most likely see me through until the Note10 makes the scene.

28. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This battery increase bodes well for the S10+

33. macawmatt

Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Question I have is, how can the Note 9 's horizontal camera setup return if the Note 9 hasn't even been released yet? Shouldn't the title be Note 8's horizontal camera setup? But then again, this is on phonearena.

34. Cyberchum

Posts: 1035; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Exactly! "The Note 9 will see a return of the horizontal camera setup found on the Note 8, because…" would have been much better.

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