Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

The first image of Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 just leaked

The first image of Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 just leaked

The Galaxy Note 9 has surfaced in a leaked marketing render, casting a light on its design and the direction Samsung is headed in with its next flagship. The leakster (Ice Universe) had previously leaked the Galaxy Note 8 design and was also the first to get its hold on the first real-world photos of the Galaxy S8.

Design: Note 9 is expected to sport a design language similar to S9 but only bigger in size. Instead, it will have a regular fingerprint reader on the back of the phone just like the Note 8.

Samsung has used the Galaxy name on its phones for nearly 10 years now, so it has built up some positive branding with the name. Samsung did not immediately respond when CNET reached out for comment on the Note 9 rumors.

Brand new Samsung UI over Android: The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to feature "Crown UX" which could be a brand-new UI. Intelligent Scan combines data from the facial recognition and the iris scanner to recognize the user.

The FCC listings typically don't reveal much in terms of specs and this one is no different, but the TENAA listing is more generous with spec details.

To recall, the Galaxy A8 (2018) features a 5.6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display, while the Galaxy A8+ (2018) comes loaded with 6.0-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with both sporting a screen resolution of 2220 x 1080 pixels. It's the same processor that runs the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.

On the software side, the Galaxy S8 Lite is listed on TENAA with Android 8.0 Oreo on board out of the box, which indicates that it could launch before Samsung releases Android 8.1 Oreo to its handsets. The model headed to the US, Canada, Mexico, and China would be powered by Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset. The Note 9 is said to be available with at least 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot. It could just be based on sales figures, as the Galaxy A3 has always been launched in European markets yet is marked for quarterly updates. This means that whatever task you throw at it, the Galaxy Note 9 will endure.

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