Galaxy Note 9 release date, specs and price: Hands-on review surfaces weeks before launch

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Galaxy Note 9 release date, specs and price: Hands-on review surfaces weeks before launch

The Note 9 will launch on August 9 in Brooklyn, New York

The official Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch date is August 9, after an invite was sent out by Samsung on June 27. The unveiling will happen in Brooklyn, New York at 11am EST (8am PST, 4pm BST).
 
It's the next big Android smartphone to release, and it'll be here in little over a month. It means the new Galaxy Note phablet will arrive earlier than previous years – we're used to late August for the announcement.
 
 
New Note devices are always big news because it's an Android phone with a large screen, handy S Pen and a heap of power, although rumors of an in-screen fingerprint sensor may be premature, especially as it's now due to arrive earlier than expected.
 
Update: We now have more information on the Bluetooth abilities of the new S Pen, plus we've seen a picture of the likely Note 9 colors, the phone has seemingly been benchmarked again and a leaker has shed light on various aspects of the phone. All that and we now know the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch date will be August 9, after Samsung sent out invites to its next Unpacked event in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Instead, we're likely to see Bixby 2.0 and an improved dual-lens camera, maybe one with the HDR video recording left out of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, but a feature being touted by recent LG and Sony phones.
 
We're sorting through the rumors and leaks (there are a lot of them) daily, and to do that we've gotten out our trusty S Pen stylus ready to declare which are plausible, and which are just wishful thinking.
 
Here's everything we know about Samsung's extra-big Android phone so far.
 
Cut to the chase
  • What is Note 9? Samsung's next flagship phablet

  • When is Note 9's launch date? August 9, 2018 in New York

  • When is Note 9's release date? Before Apple's new iPhone announcement

  • What will Note 9 cost? Probably at least $929 / £869 / AU$1,499

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release date
  • It's official: Thursday, August 9 announcement at Samsung Unpacked

  • Earlier release date expected: previously launch has been late August

You'll be able to get your hands on the Galaxy Note 9 sooner than anticipated, as the Samsung Unpacked launch event will be in early August.
 
Thursday, August 9 is the official Galaxy Note 9 launch date, with the announcement happening in Brooklyn, New York City. To put that into perspective, last year's Note 8 phone event was on August 23.
 
All of this news has lined with reports that the Note 9, said to be codenamed 'Crown', had a prototype ready in the first quarter of 2018, according to The Investor. 
 
Samsung was also said to be testing firmware for the phone ahead of schedule, two weeks earlier than where it was with the software for the Note 8. And remember, the S9 firmware was tested earlier than the S8 and that went on to launch earlier, too.
 
In terms of when the phone will actually go on sale, currently we expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release date to be late August, with pre-orders opening either on the day of the launch event, or shortly after. However, we're yet to hear any firm rumors on this.
 
Why the earlier release date?
Samsung needs the Note 9 is be attention-grabbing enough to outlast the iPhone X2 and iPhone 9 phones that Apple is likely to unveil in early September.
 
Sure, the Note series is always announced first, but by the time Note phones actually hit stores, the hype surrounding Apple's new iPhones is already at a fever-pitch.
 
That's the number one reason we think Samsung is giving us a look at the Galaxy Note 9 earlier. It needs to get its phone in its first customers hands in August or early September at the very latest.
 
Big phone, little design change
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 should get some big updates over the Galaxy Note 8, but as far as design goes don't expect too much change from the phablet it's replacing.
 
Early leaks back that up, specifically some renders based on a factory CAD (computer-aided design), which you can see below, and which come from a fairly reliable source, namely @OnLeaks (who shared them on behalf of 91mobiles), who has been right about things plenty of times before.

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