Samsung has been working on the next-gen Galaxy Note. We’ve been saying it will apply an under-display optical fingerprint sensor, Bixby 2.0, Android 8.1 Oreo, 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 845 processor, horizontal camera orientation, and 512GB storage in some markets. The premium smartphone is also said to arrive with a new and improved S-Pen based on a patent document and some hints by our favorite Chinese leakster Ice Universe (@universeice).
Ice universe shared a tweet that tells us the “Galaxy Note9 S Pen is a pen with a soul” and that “it may be the biggest update in the history of the S Pen”. We’re assuming a major upgrade will be delivered. In the past few years, Samsung has always introduced Note phones with a partner stylus. We’ve witnessed the S-Pen improvements such as integration and the ejectable S-Pen. The Note 7 was rolled out with the S-Pen which can be considered as the star of the device then.
Samsung Mobile News also shared related information, saying the next Note will have remote control features. We’re imagining something like a powerpoint clicker but we know it’s an S-Pen and is capable of more functions than an ordinary stylus.
The new Samsung S-Pen is said to add Bluetooth connectivity. Such is something to look forward to because having Bluetooth means you can use the pen for other purposes like perhaps as a button to take a picture from the phone.
For media controls, the S-Pen button can also be used to play, pause, forward, or rewind. If these features will be needed, this means the S-Pen may require a battery. It will be a significant change but it means more power for Samsung’s proprietary stylus. We don’t think a removable battery will be added but something that can be charged directly from the smartphone whenever it’s inside the silo. In case you’re not aware, the silo is the hole where you insert to store the stylus.
Samsung will be having an Unpacked event on August 9 and we’re expecting a full announcement. We’re no longer waiting for that under-display sensor but we’re saving our energy and excitement for the Galaxy S10.
The Galaxy Note 9’s S-Pen appears to have a more rectangular top. We’re guessing it’s the part where the battery is located. The Note 9 S Pen may also be water-resistant like the Note 8 S Pen although we don’t think it will be its main selling point but the Bluetooth connectivity. Of course, there’s also the idea the S Pen will be able to deliver quick finger operations from a simple touch, multi-touch, tap, double-tap, drag, push, long tap, pinch-in, pinch-out, scroll, or flick, plus finger patterns.
Here are the specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 we know so far: 6.4-inch AMOLED display, Samsung Exynos 9810 or Snapdragon 845 processor, 3850 to 4000mAh battery, better S-Pen, Bixby 2.0, Android 8.1 Oreo, and 6GB RAM.
Galaxy Note9 S Pen is a pen with a soul. It may be the biggest update in the history of the S Pen.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 25, 2018