The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 — one of the most anticipated phones of 2018 — is just around the corner, with a launch date set for August 9th, according to the latest reports. And as the the day approaches, the number of leaks surrounding Samsung's upcoming phablet is reaching critical mass. Not that we're surprised, as it was the same with the Note 8 last year.
This year, however, we've got conflicting information on the Note 9's design. And more specifically, on the size of the bottom bezel. That's why we'd like to begin by addressing this.
Last month, a leaked photo of an alleged Galaxy Note 9 protector suggested that Samsung's flagship phablet will have a substantially smaller bottom bezel than last year's model. Based on this leak, we created some design images, in an attempt to imagine what the Galaxy Note 9 would look like. Our readers were especially dazzled with the slimmed down bottom bezel, and our designs were further validated by serial leakster @OnLeaks, who recently posted some snazzy-looking, allegedly CAD-based Note 9 renders that depict the device with a very thin bottom bezel.
Portion of a Galaxy Note 9 CAD blueprint, courtesy of an anonymous tipster, showing the dimensions of the camera module and fingerprint scanner (in milimeters)
Unfortunately, however, another prolific leakster, @UniverseIce, then released what is allegedly the "real" Note 9 screen protector, and the bottom bezel is, well, not quite as thin as the first leak had suggested. So, there's something to keep in mind – we don't know how big the bottom bezel of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be. It could be as slim as in our first batch of renders, or it could be barely any thinner than the one on the Note 8.
What we do know, however, are the dimensions of the Galaxy Note 9. An anonymous party in possession of Note 9 CAD blueprints has reached out to us to provide us with the dimensions of Samsung's upcoming phablet, and as we had anticipated, it is pretty much exactly the same size as the Note 8. Here's a side-by-side:
Galaxy Note 9 dimensions acquired from CAD blueprints for the device
Galaxy Note 9: 162 x 76.3 x 9.5 mm
Galaxy Note 8: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
The Galaxy Note 9 will also feature a 6.3-inch QHD+ display, almost identical to the one we saw on the Note 8. In fact, the biggest design change comes in the form of a relocated fingerprint sensor on the back. As we had already predicted last month, the Note 9 will have its fingerprint scanner under the camera lenses, instead of to the side, although the phone will feature a horizontal camera setup, similar to the one on the Note 8. This was allegedly done to provide more space for a bigger battery, as shown in the image below:
Image source: Ice Universe
We are not really surprised by the reported dimensions of the Galaxy Note 9, as we were already expecting it to be quite similar in size to the Note 8. However, we've got our fingers crossed for thinner bezels and a bigger battery.
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).