Leaked photo and video of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 screen protectors show changes to the front sensors

The eagerly awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to launch earlier than usual this year as Samsung adjusts its roadmap to accommodate the foldable Galaxy X's release next year. With the Note 9 now expected to launch in late July or August, a photo and a video of two different screen protectors both come to the same conclusion. There are changes to the sensors at the top of the phone with a little more space seen between some of the cutouts. In addition, a few sensors will apparently be larger than the ones employed last year, and the bezels appear to be thinner (especially on top and bottom).

A video disseminated by tipster SlashLeaks shows a screen protector that hints at even more changes to the sensors on the top bezel. Not only are the sizes of the cutouts larger in some places, it looks like a completely new sensor might be added to the Galaxy Note 9. Perhaps Samsung will be introducing its version of the TrueDepth Camera and Face ID seen on the Apple iPhone X. We do need to remind you to take these images with a grain of salt.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could be unveiled on July 29th (hence the aforementioned late July or August release) and there is talk that we could see a variant of the phone with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of native storage. Also, a 4000mAh battery could be included. Not only would that be great for consumers, it will also mean that Samsung is no longer gun-shy about putting a large cell inside a Galaxy Note phone.

And not that this really is pertinent to the story, but what happened to the term "phablet?"

source: Slashleaks, Weibo

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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. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I’m sure Samsung fans are happy to see that they aren’t introducing a notch. Looks like it could be larger too. I honestly kind of hope for the Note series to grow in size and become what it was when it introduced the first time: a much larger device than what’s offered. I remember having the original Note with its 5.3 inch display when the next largest was 4.3 inches. I would like to see a display in the range of 6.5-6.8 inches.


Posts: 946; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Would that not be too big though? I think they should have not introduced the Galaxy plus line and just kept the Note as the larger phones.

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It would, but the Note line was never initially intended to be a norm product for most people. It was meant to be a sort of niche product that attracted those who wanted a larger device. I think you hit the nail on the head though when it comes to the Plus line, it doesn't allow for any differentiation between the Note line and the S line. And with rumors pointing to there being a 6.5 inch iPhone Plus this year (albeit with the notch), I think there can reasonably be a Note device that pushes the 6.5-6.8 inch screen size while still offering a relatively compact body.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17482; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There's a practical limit to how big it can be. I'm not sure what exactly that is, and it likely varies a bit from person to person. The thing is, the Note line didn't move toward other phones in size, the market moved toward the Note. Making a phone that's too big and bulky for most people to use or carry won't help it sell.

26. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Yes, but again, the Note line was never meant to be the biggest seller for Samsung. The mainstream device was always the Galaxy S line, the Note was more of a niche product. Samsung lost a lot of what made the original Note so great by making the product more mainstream and more like the S+ instead of making it more different. I think it also depends on what kind of aspect ratio they use. Obviously if they stick with the 18:9 then it won't be possible to make it that much larger, but if they instead made it wider then they could fit a larger screen onto it. The original Note was 16:10 and I think that it really helped with it's main feature: the S-Pen. Having a ratio more in line with 4:3 helps when it comes to drawing instead of having to deal with a tall slim phone.

33. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Maybe they'll create a "Tab Mini" for you and a handful of other people. But, when running a business you test markets. When they fail and you lose $$$, you quit. When they explode into a money printing press like the Note series, you sure as heck don't look for ways to push it into another niche market.

30. Nostromo79

Posts: 171; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

I could stand a Note9 several millimeters wider than the current svelte frame of the Note8. I remember regarding my Note7's trim waist somewhat skeptically before embracing its dimensions and before everything went to h3ll in a handbasket; which, being made of straw, combusted as well.

27. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree The s9 should have everything the plus has and no plus phone. Samsung is getting to crazy with all these phones.

32. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Does it really matter how crazy they get with their lineup? You're only going to use one at a time anyway. Either find one that fits you, or buy something else. It's a beautiful thing.

2. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

After seeing the Pixel 3XL atrocity, I commend Samsung. Beautiful bezels with a headphone jack. I voted with my wallet and picked up the S9+, couldn't be happier.

5. androiduser

Posts: 523; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

What are you talking about? Based on the leaked pictures of the screen protectors the pixel 3 xl seems like the most beautiful phone by far, literally by far, it completely destroys the competition, how did google manage to design such a phone? They must have used black magic

9. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

I don't know if you are being sarcastic or not but the leaked pixel 3 screen protector sure shows some unique design and knowing Google they are going to use those two front camera in useful stuff unlike Samsung's flop animoji which practically every reviewer said they are CREEPY as hell.

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

From what I've seen on Android central, the Pixel 3 XL will be one ugly phone with a big notch, even bigger chin and asymmetrical corners https://www.androidcentral.com/google-pixel-3

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Pixel 3XL looks like crap. A notch indicates you have no ability to design. Put the sensors under the screen or do a traditional but ultra thin bezel. Notches will only breed screen burn in with the black bar trying to hide the horrendous unibrow.

12. Cat97

Posts: 1983; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Sorry, but notches are the future until they can be eliminated. If you like a permanent useless black bar at the top of your phone, you have plenty of choice...but all from previous 10 years, the future brings evolution. Note 9 will be yet another flop, because it already looks outdated and those who hate notches are just a vocal minority who don't actually put money where their mouth is, that's why the majority of new high-end phones have a notched design. It's about supply and demand. I mean, any rational individual realizes that the notch frees up and additional 5% of vertical display area and is an important but necessary step towards full-screen phones.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17482; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Notches are, and will always be, a lazy design compromise and a dishonest marketing gimmick. An extra 5% of unusable screen real estate doesn't excite me.

34. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

You sir (or maam) are correct. Lazy and disfuncional. I think the iPhone X is the best looking version of the mess to date. But Samsung's S8-Note9 design is more functional and actually offers better screen to body ratio. Once tech eliminates the notch and upper/lower bezel altogether, both solutions will just be a wart on smartphone design history.

3. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Boring. How many times Samsung going to use the same design? At this point even Samsung fanboys are going to admit that Samsung phones are getting extremely boring. #fact. In the age of p20pro, Nokia 7 plus, one plus 6 and xiaomi note 5 pro their boring phone won't cut it anymore.

4. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

How exactly is it boring? What exactly can you change? Do you seriously prefer notches?

6. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Anything is better than this boring and extremely predictable stuff.

7. androiduser

Posts: 523; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I think samsung needs to switch to 18:9 for the note 9, i dont see why there is a need for a phone to have an aspect ratio of more than 18:9, 18:9 should be the max

17. Farcaster

Posts: 166; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

All those phones you listed are just Chinese ripoffs of the iPhone X. Boring? Maybe (though I personally like the current design), but at least Samsung have their own design language they can be proud of.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17482; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

With the slight exception of the OP6, not a single phone you listed is exciting. The OP6 is only exciting because of its performance to price ratio, not its design.

24. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

For how long is Samsung going to improve their unique design language in a world of compromising designs with notches? As long as there isn't a good way to remove those bezels without making ugly design compromises. Samsung already has better screen-to-body than the IPhone X, which choose to compromise on the natural shape of a screen in ordrer to obtain better screen-to-body ratio. Samsung's design language is a lot more unique these days, because they don't use a notch design. Are you also forgetting that Apple used the same design for 3-4 years. The iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 (6ss) and IPhone 8 (6sss). Apple is still selling a bezel design from 2015 on 2 of their 2018 flagship models.

35. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I've owned 4 straight Samsungs now. So, that probably makes me a fanboy by "common law". I think from a LOOKS standpoint that Samsung is knocking it out of the park. The designs have been very pleasing to the eye since the intro of the S6. One reason that their popularity has soared even more. You and others always seeking something radically different every 12 months may be better served with some of the cool up and coming offerings by the smaller makers who are trying to break in. All that being said, I am disappointed that the gorgeous design is not properly FUNCTIONAL for a mobile device. It's too affected by temps, too fragile to be dropped at all, and to add to that too slippery to hold or lay on uneven surfaces. If they made a "Note Active" in the size of an s9 regular, then I would be in mobile nirvana.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

No notch! I'm perfectly happy with these tiny little bezels. Although I'd be even happier if the display was flat. Not a big fan of those curved edges, and that's coming from a Samsung User. In any case; I've a hunch that Samsung has some revolutionary ideas to bring the screen to body ratio closer to 100% without them bloody notches in sight! Fingers crossed! G'Day!

11. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

I'm rooting for flat note too

16. Cat97

Posts: 1983; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Ok, now let's see if you buy one of these "no-notch" Note 9's.

36. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

GreenMan, I have to agree. Yes, the curves make for a fabulous looking device. But in most instances the functionality is impaired, especially concerning the S-pen. I love the way my N8 looks. But honesty, flat would be a better device in most cases.

14. ZanrZij

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

Maybe there are 2 Note9 version: curve and flat :)

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