Twitter user @Onleaks leaked a smorgasbord of alleged renders and 360-degree video of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on June 6th. These are supposedly official and show the device from every possible angle. As with any purported leak, there’s no hard evidence that this is indeed the Note 9. The leak is interesting nonetheless, so let’s take a closer look.
Samsung is expected to announce the Note 9 as early as August 9th and if these images are the real thing, there won’t be much of a surprise left to reveal. The renders do match another leak that showed the front panel, with the cutouts for the camera, speaker and sensors lining up, along with the bezels. From both the front and back, the Note 9 renders look very similar to the outgoing Note 8. This would be a relatively small iteration, unless something revolutionary is hidden inside.
On the bottom, the headphone jack remains along with a bottom-firing speaker, USB-C port and obligatory S Pen. The Bixby button makes a return on the right side with the power and volume rocker on the left. On the back, a dual-camera system with unknown specs sits to the left of a dual-LED flash. A rectangular fingerprint scanner is again placed below the cameras where it belongs, fixing a serious problem from the Note 8 that had the scanner to the right of the camera. The renders show the device in silver with only the front panel in black.
This all seems a little boring, considering the similarities to last year’s model, but the expected specs should make this a solid upgrade. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (Exynos 9810 elsewhere), 6GB of RAM (perhaps 8GB) and a 3,300mAh battery should make the cut, and the display is expected to be larger than 6.2-inches and another class leading QHD+ Super AMOLED panel. With the curved edges, minimal top and bottom bezels and taller aspect ratio, Samsung does an excellent job packing large screens into hand-friendly phones. Android 8.1 Oreo will definitely be installed out of the box and Android P should follow relatively soon after.