Our clearest look yet at the Galaxy Note 9

Our clearest look yet at the Galaxy Note 9
Images by @MilenYanachkov / PhoneArena.com

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is one of the most hotly anticipated phones of 2018, and for good reasons. It is a continuation of Samsung's approach to smartphone design that was in motion with the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8 last year, and by all means, it will be an absolute powerhouse. The Note 9 won't be as radical of a change as its predecessor, in terms of design, at least, but it will be a refinement of last year's successful formula.

A recently leaked photo (by @UniverseIce) of what is reportedly a screen protector for the Galaxy Note 9, reveals that Samsung's flagship phablet will continue last year's bezel-less design trend and will have even slimmer bezels at the top and bottom, with the latter being a noticeable improvement over the Note 8. As for the top bezel, it's also been reduced a tad, though it seems to have the same number of cutouts as the Note 8, indicating that the Note 9 have the same iris scanning capabilities as its predecessor.

If the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are anything to go by, we wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the Galaxy Note 9, indeed, ends up looking almost identical to the previous model, from the front at least. The back, however, is a different story. We don't have any information about the camera setup on the Note 9 yet, but we'd like to think that Samsung has learned from its past mistakes and will be situating the fingerprints canner under the cameras, instead of to the side, just like it did with the S9 models this year. This is our guess of what the back of the Galaxy Note 9 will look like, though we have no leaked information to back it up at this point. It's just an educated guess:

This is what the back of the Galaxy Note 9 could look like, based on what Samsung did with the Galaxy S9 and S9+ earlier this year

Another thing that's still shrouded in mystery is the S-Pen. We know it's going to be there -- it's a staple of the Note lineup, heck, it's the reason for the name itself -- but what we don't know is whether Samsung will introduce any changes and improvements to the current formula. Our bet is it would be mostly the same, though it may be able to recognize more pressure levels for finer control over the writing.

All said and done, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will likely closely resemble the Note 8. Not that that's a bad thing, but if you were expecting the same jump as the one we saw from the S7 to the S8 and from the Note 7 to the Note 8, you're going to have to wait a bit more. The next big change seems to be in-display fingerprint readers and that's not coming to the Note 9 either. The first Samsung phone to get an in-display fingerprint scanner is expected to be the S10 next year.

So, what's your opinion on this largely unchanged design? Are you okay with the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach, or do you want the next big change in smartphone design to come around as soon as possible? Well, we can imagine what the answer to this question would be, for the majority of people anyway, but still. Tell us what you make of all this in the comments below!

Disclaimer: The images featured in this material have been made by PhoneArena and are based on preliminary information about the respective device(s), such as, but not limited to, factory CAD blueprints and live photos of the device(s), or accessories thereof. As such, the images found herein may not be fully representative of the final design of the device(s).


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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



52. power21

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 15, 2015

I wish they would take the curved out the phone.

49. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Looks nice, not too much smaller, but how much smaller can the bezels get? lol Gonna be a very powerful phone. Think a good majority will wait til 10.

47. ZanrZij

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

Only big battery ( 4k ) can save Samsung and Note9!

51. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Make that 5000 mAh. And I would consider it. Making less bezels just wouldn't cut.

46. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I've owned 4 notes (1,2,4,5) but I really don't need a 6.3+ inch screen. Give me a 5.7 (like my current Note 5) but in a super compact package please!

50. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It's not really that big when you consider the 18.5:9 aspect ratio of the screen.

45. Rocket

Posts: 747; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I hope they can put the flash/heart sensor above the cameras or between the FPS and the cameras.

43. Trex95

Posts: 2398; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

This basically S9 plus with bigger screen and Spen.

42. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No in display FPS, no stereo front facing speakers? Pass. My Note 8 is still the best phone on the market today, and it'll be good enough for another year.

39. LiveFaith

Posts: 526; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Sweet looking bezels. Way to go Sammy. Now, get to making it actually durable enough to drop without requiring a $300 glass replacement or ugly slug of a case to cover up all your work.

36. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

I always love Note series but this one (Note9) I think will not be great phone because the same design (Note8) and no important new features in it but let's wait and see ! i hope they have new things to surprise us!

35. Jdzspace

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'll be keeping my note 8, this will be the first time I don't get the newest note since my first note (3). The fingerprint scanner is the reason. Not because it's not in the screen, because it's under the camera. With my holster case, I have to slide my phone out, justa little bit to unlock it. Not a big deal,I hardly notice it. But with it placed almost in the middle of the phone, it would make it much harder to slide out to unlock, and be more of a risk it'll drop out, get knocked out, slip out, whatever. And given the cost of these phones, it's not worth it. I know its unique reason, but it's enough for me to break my streak, and have a hole in my COMPLETE collection of notes from the note 3 to o current

34. mcdanielvzw

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 10, 2016

Always with the comments on the FPS location. I'm sure I'm not the only person using a Note 8 that *PREFERS* the location to be beside the camera, because it is easier to reach regardless of where you are holding it (especially if you tilt the phone up and reach over the top to unlock it). Underneath the cameras I will be more likely to smudge the cameras.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nice looking render, love the smaller bezels.

18. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Title is very misleading. You're basing it off of hearsay vs posting leaks. Waste of an article.

16. Foxgabanna unregistered

This is very Meh. Don't be fooled this is the final design and they are just showing you it to build hype around it. If you ready want a Note 9 for the spen be our guest, but it's going to have the same internals as the S9 which really make buying this phone pointless. The HTC U12+, Lenovo, and LG are dope

3. RiyMod

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Now, for what reason they still keep the bottom bezel? I think they will keep the bezels for the reason people buy the Note 10 !!!

5. Milen_Y

Posts: 116; Member since: Jun 09, 2016

Not saying that they're not trying to spread things out a bit with this design, but eliminating the bottom bezel completely is quite expensive right now. The display of the iPhone X actually stretches past the bottom and then actually curves around behind itself. That's why it has no bottom bezel. Same with the Vivo Apex which still has a bezel on the bottom that's a bit thicker than its side and top bezels.

9. Bankz

Posts: 2555; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

huawei p20 pro, mi 8 explorer and the htc u12+ most innovative and best phones of 2018 imo. The mi 8 explorer with a dual GPS (a first for android), pressure sensitive in-display fps (best implementation so far), 3d facial unlocking system (a first for android), 8 gigs of RAM, and a crazy translucent back. The huawei p20 pro with its absolutely crazy tri camera system, gorgeous twilight color and 4,000 mah battery. The HTC U12+ with its pressure sensitive frames, dual ff cameras that google is rumored to be adopting and the exciting translucent see throug back

2. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

That's an absolutely beautiful looking phone. Samsung's Infinity Design language really comes into its own when everyone else is compromising their design with a notch. This Note 9 looks to continue Samsung's trend of achieving the highest screen-to-body ratios while not even having to use a notch.

4. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

What's beautiful in that? It's same as S8/S8+/Note8/S9/S9+.

6. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

This has significantly smaller bezel than the Note 8.

7. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

"The images featured in this material have been made by PhoneArena and are based on preliminary information about the respective device" Sure.

14. maherk

Posts: 7101; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Then why are you complaining about the design when you do know that these aren't real pictures of the Note 9?

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Makes no sense at all does it?

25. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Never complained, I just asked him how's that beautiful

30. AustinPaul

Posts: 161; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Statues should be torn down every 1-2 years to make way for better looking ones. :)

10. aegislash

Posts: 1541; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Nate, I didn't realize you weren't allowed to find similar looking things beautiful.

17. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

He must get a new girl friend/wife/husband,whatevery his preference is every year because they look the same every year.

19. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

I guess girl/friend/wife/husband ain't things. Nice try tho

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