Samsung yesterday unveiled the Galaxy Tab S4 and Tab A (2018) and the string of news for upcoming devices from the South Korean giant doesn’t stop there. If a wide range of leaks and rumours about the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 wasn’t enough, Samsung itself is tagging along with the fun ride as it recently published an announcement page on its website, confirming a few key specifications that were previously out through rumours.
Not that it isn’t obvious, Samsung’s preorder announcement of the Galaxy Note 9 comes with a poster image as well as a headline that reads “Say hello to super power”, meaning the device could as well come with a massive battery. To keep people guessing even further, Samsung even went on to say “Now you can be one of the first to experience it”, which you certainly can’t, because practical joke or not, Samsung just teased you with a preorder post.
The ‘accidental’ leak was spotted by Twitter tipster Evan Blass where Samsung had left its New Zealand-based newsletter to punish a preorder page dedicated toward the Note 9. Clicking on the preorder link resulted in an error page which isn’t surprising since the Note 9 is probably weeks away from being made available on preorders. While the page isn’t up at the time of the writing, it’s reported that Samsung made sure the ‘accident’ was witnessed for longer for everyone to see.
Coming back to the leak, it’s now clear that Samsung will indeed back up the Note 9 with a headphone jack, which is something the smartphone industry is turning against. The device as expected resembles last year’s Note 8 on most aspects, for not just the headphone jack, but also a rear-faced fingerprint scanner and dual rear camera both of which line up close to the last Note device.
There’s a USB C port at the bottom of the blue-coloured Note 9 which comes with a bright yellow S Pen. This will be among the five colour versions the Note 9 will possibly be available in including Arctic Silver, Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, and Teddy Brown.
With so much intentional hyping up to go with, it comes down to the question of whether the Note 9 will even be something that changes the smartphone game. After all, we’re looking at the same phone as last year’s Note 8, maybe with similar processors, and some feature removals. For an increased price to pay, it’s doubtful whether the Note 9 will live up to the extent at which they’re ‘reimagining’ it for.