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" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)



1. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

I've been rocking a Note 5 for 3 1/2 years and it's still running great. I think I'll be holding out for that Note 10 with the fingerprint scanner in the screen...as long as my Note 5 can last that long.

8. Wickedsamaritan

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

I think you have some point Landon .. but my question is what do you do with your money ? Don't we make money to spend them so another could be made? Let's do some math. You got your Note 5 for around $800 One year later before the demise of the original note 7 which gave birth to the Note7 FE.. your note 5 was still worth about $550 then , an additional $250 would have made you own a Note7 FE.. Such scenario would have repeated itself a year later to upgrade from Note7 FE to Note 8 and from Note8 to Note 9 could cost $100 more from the previous upgrade cost So over the course of 3 years you would have spent $800 + $250 +$250 + $350 = $1650 and own a note9 Compared to 3 years later when you may have to pay someone to take your Old Note 5 from you and then have to shed about $900 to get a brand new Note 9 which would bring your total cost to $800+$900 = $1700 ($800 spent on your note5 that's worthless in today's market and $900 on a new note 9) You are on the losing side when you keep holding on to a phone for too long.. and you are also stuck with tech and features of the past.. Are you from Pluto?

11. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

A one year old used Note 5 worth $550? Are you from Pluto?

24. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Seeing how I got $350 for my 2 year old note 5 , yes to the right person $550 is possible for a 1 year old note 5.

31. deleon629 unregistered

The right idiot...From Pluto, maybe... might buy it

12. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

I've paid a total of around $800 for my Note 5 that has lasted for 3 1/2 years...so in that amount of time I've spent a total of $800. $800 is less than every total you described above...which means more money in my pocket to spend on other things. Also, if my Note 5 can last another year and a half, that's easily cheaper than anything you described above. To spend $800 on a phone that lasts 5 years would be honestly amazing. Not everyone needs or wants to upgrade their every year...it's expensive to do such a thing. Yeah a Note 8 can open up apps 0.5 seconds faster than my Note 5, but is that 0.5 seconds worth spending $250-$300 on upgrading a phone every year? To me (and to a lot of other people), not really. Oh, and my fingerprint scanner on my Note 5 is still faster and more secure than the iPhone Face ID.

28. miketer

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Plus, so many less phones in the landfill. I'm with you.

32. deleon629 unregistered

If I didn't need the updated LTE & GPS bands for driving, I would've never upgraded from the Note4 at this point and time. Mapping aside, there is absolutely no other reason to have a new device IMO.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

WTF, are you on crack.

22. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I have a 2013 device and I've not "upgraded" because nothing out there appeals to me.

23. Melee

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 30, 2017

The note 5 came out 8/15/15. So you actually haven’t been “rocking it for 3 1/2 years”

27. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Crap. You're right. I've been rocking it for 2 years and 9 months. Honestly thank you for fact checking me. :D

37. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Oh my, what a tragedy, he's a little off! This changes everything! It's not really important.

40. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

It honestly doesn't bother me. I'd much rather be correct than misinform people. If people spent more time doing research and looking up the facts, we wouldn't be as divided as we are.

41. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I agree that being informed is very important, but being informed on whether or not a person had a phone for 2 years and 9 months compared to 3 and a half year is a completely misguided way to spend your energy, when you could be spending it on being informed on much more important things, which is literally anything else.


Posts: 952; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Agreed Note 10 or S10 + for me.

33. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Waiting an additional 6-7 months for the Note 10 might not be worth it initially but every time I use my S Pen I think, "well it's better to have a phone that has this vs not having it."

48. boucha26

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

you using 3years old phone mean u still using old android version????

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: 7054; 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: 31760; 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: 159; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

10. aegislash

Posts: 1536; 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

26. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You mean like the iPhone 6 through the iPhone 8

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