Day by day, we're heading close to the launch of Samsung's Galaxy Note 9. Rumors and leaks for the phablet have built over slowly and steadily over the past couple of months. The Note 9's S-Pen has taken over the limelight over the past week as more and more features of the stylus have started to become clear.
If we're to believe present information on the rumor mill, then Samsung really has let loose its imagination on the S-Pen. The accessory will take a greater role this year and serve as a tool to enhance the Note 9's performance and offer the user several different options for use. Take a look below to find out more details for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Will Be Available With All Carriers Across The US Reveals FCC Listing
If you're hoping for the Exynos variant of the Galaxy Note 9 to come to the US this year, don't. It'll be business as usual with Samsung once again shipping its US-bound devices with Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors. This isn't a loss as the Exynos 9810 doesn't perform too far from the Snapdragon 845 - in opposition to previous trends for both the processors, where Samsung's silicon generally beat Qualcomm's.
The Galaxy Note 9 has entered the FCC's system, allowing us to take a look at which carriers will offer the phablet after its launch. You're in for some good news, as all major US carriers will offer the device after its launch. These include T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. The model number of the Galaxy Note 9 that will be available in the US will be the SM-N960U, a title that has also surfaced previously on the rumor mill.
What's interesting about the leaks related to the Galaxy Note 9 so far is that while we have been treated to several specifications, details for its expected pricing are still unavailable. Which is interesting especially it's a very important factor in 2018. High-end gadgets cost in the ballpark of $1000 and right now, we have every reason to believe that the Galaxy Note 9 will as well.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 Will Receive Specification Upgrade Across Several Areas Even As Alleged Benchmark Paints Moderate Picture
As mentioned above, Samsung's somewhat dropped the ball this year with the Exynos 9810. The processor's performance lead over Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 does not reflect past trend. This is corroborated by an alleged Note 9 benchmark leak which took place yesterday. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 running on the Exynos 9810 and 6GB RAM scored 3716 points in single and 8984 points in multi-core tests, making for only a slight lead over the Galaxy S9 with a similar processor.
This is worrying as it gives a rather cynical feel to Samsung's rumored strategy for the 2018 Note launch. Looks like Samsung is choosing the device's S-Pen (and potentially its rear camera), to justify a lack of core performance upgrade. Combine this with near to zero aesthetic upgrades on the device and looks like Samsung will really only ride on an upgraded S-Pen this year. The performance bit becomes even more worrying when we consider Apple's leaps with the An processor lineup.
So, don't go for the Galaxy Note 9 this year expecting a major performance upgrade. Samsung will focus on usability as it needs to change something in order to justify a new gadget. The pace of upgrades continues to slow down on Android, and even Apple is only afloat due to the iPhone X's True Depth camera which enables 3D facial recognition. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We'll keep you updated on the latest.