Samsung recently confirmed the release date of an upcoming Galaxy smartphone on August 9th. It is highly unlikely for this device to be anything other than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Most of the rumours surrounding this device have been speculative in nature, but a new source has come forth to shed some light on the new handset’s most iconic characteristic – the S Pen.
Galaxy Note 9 S Pen with Bluetooth Support
According to Ice Universe (a China-based leakster) recently took to Weibo to make some interesting claims regarding the Galaxy Note 9’s S. Since this source has been right about quite a few leaks in the past, it is worth paying attention. They claim that the new S Pen will come with support for Bluetooth. This will transform the tiny stick into an intuitive Bluetooth controller of sorts. With this support, users could essentially use it to trigger various commands such as setting up the self-timer in a phone’s camera or control music.
Ice Universe also took to Twitter recently to say that “The Galaxy Note9 S Pen can be used to control long-range self-timer, control music playback, because it is a Bluetooth device, it will do something unrelated to the pen.” Understandably, Samsung has not provided any comments regarding the matter, especially considering the launch is just a month away.
The Galaxy Note9 SPen can be used to control long-range self-timer, control music playback, because it is a Bluetooth device, it will do something unrelated to the pen. pic.twitter.com/WPS83xUskq
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 1, 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Expected Specifications
The upcoming Samsung Flagship recently cleared 3C certification in China. A previous benchmarking result gave us the official model number of the Galaxy Note 9 as SM-N960U. It is expected that the phone will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 at launch. Rumours have also claimed that an upcoming Snapdragon 855 could debut on the smartphone. Since Qualcomm hasn’t officially announced the latter, the possibility of the 855 SoC being used is less likely. Either way, Samsung will sell the Note 9 with its in-house manufactured Samsung Exynos 9820 chipset in most regions anyway since the Qualcomm ones usually just end up in China and US.
It has also been speculated that the upcoming phablet will sport 6GB or 8GB of RAM alongside 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. There are even rumours pointing towards a 512GB variant which could launch as an exclusive for the South Korean market. The display of the phone is expected to measure 6.4-inches and sport a QHD+ resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. This will obviously be a Super AMOLED panel. The previously mentioned 3C certification confirms that the phone would come with a massive 4000mAh battery. Samsung is expected to implement a revamped fingerprint scanner placement under the camera module the same way it did on the Galaxy S9 phones.
We also know about Samsung’s endeavours with Bixby v2.0. The new version of this AI-powered voice assistant is claimed to bring significant changes. Gray G. Lee, Head of the AI Centre under Samsung Research had mentioned that the company was planning to release the next iteration of its voice assistant with its upcoming flagship. He said that the new version of Bixby was “more than just a personal assistant” and that it would be an “artificial intelligence platform” that can enhance performance and user experience across the phone
Galaxy Note 9: Expected Price in India
Since there are expected to be significant changes made to the Galaxy Note 9 when compared to its predecessor, the price of the new phone is expected to rise accordingly. The new phone is expected to start retailing around Rs. 69,999 for the base variant. If an 8GB RAM or 512GB storage model does end up releasing in India, its price would be significantly higher.
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