It looks like Samsung’s Note 9 is set to be revealed on August 9th at the company’s next ‘Unpacked Event,’ according to a report. This date comes in at two weeks earlier than when the Note 8 was announced last year. In terms of a retail release, Samsung reportedly plans to release the phone by the end of August. This also gives the South Korean a head start on Apple and the company’s next iteration of the iPhone, which likely won’t be released until sometime in late September. Report also mentions an ‘upgraded processor from Qualcomm for some markets’. Don’t read too much into that. It’s still likely using the Snapdragon 845.
The Snapdragon 845 is the same chip found Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, an ‘upgrade’ over the Snapdragon 835 in the Note 8. We don’t expect a new Qualcomm chip here. Yes, there is a rumored Snapdragon 850, but the reports there say to be tweaked for Windows computers and it likely too soon for the Snapdragon 855 chip, slated for the Samsung Galaxy X.
According to rumors, Note 9 may look the same as the Note 8, it may not include a fingerprint reader inside the screen, and it may come with a better version of Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant. The Note 9 camera may be in the same ‘upgrade’ boat – better than the Note 8, but still roughly the picture-taking experience you get on the Galaxy S9.