Galaxy Note 9 Expected at Aug. 9 Samsung Unpacked Event

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Samsung has just issued invites to its next big media event.

Galaxy Note 9's expected retail release schedule is also an advantage over other Android-run flagships that are likely to be announced during the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) conference set for August 31 to September 5. The company has sent out invitations to Galaxy Unpacked 2018 in Brooklyn, New York, on August 9.

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Based on the invite it looks like the Note 9 will come in a few color options, or at least the S Pen it comes with will.

Typically built for folks who like an even bigger phone made for business, the second half of the year is when Samsung launches its "Galaxy Note", a phone that delivers one size: big.

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As tradition goes, South Korea and the United States will get the Qualcomm version with Snapdragon 845 while the rest of the world will get Samsung's own Exynos SoC. Samsung has used the "U" designator since the Galaxy S8 to identify models bound for the USA, which need FCC approval before they can launch to the public. The source claims Samsung is presently working on a significantly improved version of its Always-On Display, adding that the technology likely won't be ready for commercialization before the Galaxy S10 lineup launches in early 2019.

Rumours have the phone featuring a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, much like the Galaxy S9. The phone is expected to pack a larger 4000mAh battery. Rest of its key features include a 3300mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and an IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. Under the hood, the device will likely get powered by Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipsets, depending upon the region. There will be a 512GB storage variant as well which will be limited to China only.

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According to Forbes's Ewan Spence, the earlier announcement date this year for Galaxy Note 9 allows Samsung to also start selling the device within August. Now, this implies there could be small changes in terms of design, as the fingerprint scanner is expected to be repositioned below the cameras, just like the Galaxy S9. There's a good chance it will end up in the Note 9.