Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 could arrive much earlier than expected with latest rumours suggesting August 9 is the date every fan needs to put in their diary.
This refreshed phablet looks likely to bring a swathe of improvements to the Note series including a better dual-lens camera, brighter display and faster processor.
Rumours are also rife that a new colour scheme will launch on the Note 9 with the device expected to be available in something called Teddy Brown.
It was thought that this would be the first device from Samsung to include a fingerprint scanner embedded under the display.
However, a new leaked image from Slash Leaks may show that Samsung is ditching that idea but bringing two new design updates to the device instead.
A photo, claiming to be a case for the Note 9, has appeared online showing an updated position for the rear fingerprint scanner and a new button on the side of the device which some are speculating will be dedicated to the camera.
If these rumours are real, it will mean Samsung is fixing one of the Note 8’s biggest problems as the fingerprint scanner on that device was placed right next to the camera lens.
The new position appears to now be tucked under the lens making it much more user-friendly and less likely to leave a mucky mess on the camera.
The inclusion of a dedicated camera button will also be welcomed by Samsung fans.
The Note series are big devices and this addition should make it much easier to shoot images – Sony already includes a camera button on its Xperia phones and it’s long been regarded as a great feature.
Another thing the image may show is that Samsung is continuing to push its Bixby personal assistant with the Note 9 appearing to have a button that will launch the assistant.
The Bixby button is nothing new but Samsung has been criticised for not allowing users to change the functionality of it.
We’ll have to wait and see if these design changes appear on the Note 9.
One thing that is clear is this will be one of Samsung’s most powerful phones to date with it not only landing in pockets with a new processor but also with a much bigger battery.
In fact, latest rumours have suggested a huge 3,800mAh power pack might be tucked under the hood – much larger than the current 3,300mAh found in the Note 8.
One final change could be an update to the S Pen.
Samsung usually gives it digital stylus new features with every new launch so expect this useful pen to get some minor improvements.
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