Samsung has been creating a lot of buzz with the expected arrival of the Galaxy Note 9, the company’s flagship for the second half of the year. The high-end smartphone has not been officially announced yet, but there has been plenty of leaks about its design, specifications, and features. Though details are not available yet, we do know that the South Korean major plans to launch the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 at its “Unpacked event” in New York.
Thanks to months of leaks and rumors, we know practically everything there is to know about the Galaxy Note 9 at this point. The phone is set to be unveiled at a press conference early next month, and it will then hit store shelves on August 24th. That should give the Note 9 almost a month of sales before Apple’s next-generation iPhones are released, but the extra time might not help very much considering the fact that Samsung fans might not find the Note 9 very appealing.
Samsung’s new flagship phablet will be a solid upgrade when it comes to performance and specs, but the design is nearly identical to the Galaxy Note 8 from last year. Consumers weren’t too pleased with that strategy when it came to the Galaxy S9, and sales took a big hit as a result. The Galaxy Note 9 could suffer the same fate. It’ll pack a new S Pen stylus with some novel features enabled by built-in Bluetooth, but there isn’t much else to speak of as far as worthwhile new features are concerned.
As it turns out, however, there will be at least one area where the Galaxy Note 9 is a huge upgrade from the Note 8. And it’s a very important area, too. According to a new document found on a website run by the Brazilian telecommunications regulatory body Antel, the Galaxy Note 9 will feature a massive 4,000 mAh battery.
The Note 8 includes a 3,300 mAh battery, which is quite small for a phablet these days. The phone’s predecessor had a larger 3,500 mAh battery, but we all know what happened to the Galaxy Note 7 so it makes sense that Samsung decided to play it safe last year. The Note 8 doesn’t have bad battery life per se, but it can be difficult to get through an entire day of heavy use. With the upcoming new Galaxy Note 9, however, that probably won’t be an issue at all.