Samsung to Launch New Galaxy Note 9 a Month Before Apple is Expected to Unveil New 2018 iPhones


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Apr 12, 2001

Samsung this morning sent out press invites for an Unpacked event that is set to take place on Thursday, August 9, where it is expected to unveil the next-generation Galaxy Note device, the Galaxy Note 9.

The media invitation Samsung sent out, which was shared by Business Insider, appears to feature the button of the S Pen of the Galaxy Note, the accessory that Samsung sells with its Galaxy Note devices.

Samsung typically hosts two major smartphone events per year because it launches the Galaxy Note line and the Galaxy S9 line at different times. The Galaxy S9, for example, launched in February, while the Galaxy Note 8, the predecessor to the rumored Note 9, came out last August.

Splitting its smartphone launch dates allows Samsung to better compete with Apple by unveiling new technology before and after iPhone launches.

The Galaxy Note 9 launch will come just a month ahead of when Apple is expected to unveil its 2018 iPhones, which are rumored to include a second-generation 5.8-inch OLED iPhone, a larger 6.5-inch OLED iPhone that can be thought of as a sort of "iPhone X Plus," and a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that will be more affordably priced.

Samsung will then follow the 2018 iPhones with new Galaxy S10 devices in February of 2019, if it sticks to its typical smartphone release habits.

Like the Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy Note 9 is likely to continue to offer an edge-to-edge AMOLED display with edge panel and S Pen support, along with dual cameras and a rear fingerprint sensor.

Rumors suggest the Galaxy Note 9 will not feature a notch, and that it could have slightly smaller top and bottom bezels than the Note 8, resulting in a 2mm smaller chassis. It is also expected to feature S Pen improvements, and while early rumors pointed towards an in-display fingerprint sensor, it's not believed Samsung is going to go this route.

Galaxy Note 9 renders via OnLeaks​

It was Samsung's Galaxy Note line that was subject to intense scrutiny after 2016's Galaxy Note 7 was impacted by faulty batteries that caused fires and injuries to multiple people. Samsung eventually had to recall all Galaxy Note 7 devices, which were also banned by airlines.

Samsung decided to continue on with the Note line through 2017's Galaxy Note 8, which suffered from no major problems.

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macrumors 603
Oct 24, 2014
In hindsight, the Galaxy Note differentiation was a smart preemtive move for Apple copying the Galaxy S phablets. It'll be at least another 5 years for Apple to be able to copy the Galaxy Note.


macrumors regular
Oct 3, 2003
Why does Samsung act like phones are still these devices people have got to have? The renaissance for phones has ended. Until something new comes along, it's typical stagnation of a product group. One month before Apple? What, for an extra thousand orders? I think most people are happy with the 2-3 year cycle switching out their phone at maximum.


macrumors 68000
Sep 21, 2009
It makes sense to do that. The question is whether anyone cares? I imagine there isn’t a vast group left who isn’t committed to one platform or another. I would imagine true switchers are a relatively small group and probably largely comprised of never-satisfied techie types for whom it’s a form of entertainment.
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macrumors G5
May 18, 2008
Cool. I’m not a fan of Samsung personally but I know the Note line has been best in class for Android for years now.