Samsung is releasing its newest installment in their Galaxy Note series on August 9 with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. But thanks to a security gaffe, Samsung lost a pre-release unit that resulted to its first hands-on review Russian tech reporter Eldar Murtazin. In addition, prolific tech leaker, Ice Universe, revealed that Samsung is covering a sad secret in its new phablet.
Ice Universe leaked that the promised larger battery does have a shortcoming. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s battery is now 4000mAh, which means it can last up to two days. In Murtazin’s test, the phone delivered 25 hours of video playback at maximum brightness. That is indeed amazing, but the nasty secret? The charging specifications have not improved. If the prolific leaker is to be believed, it has the slowest charging speed in the world except for iPhone. That means it might take more than two hours to charge.
This snag, oddly, fits in with Samsung’s broader strategy for the Galaxy Note 9: More is more. Here are other things that we know so far.
First off, the phone will have a larger display than the Galaxy Note 8, but a wider screen means a bigger phone. A bigger phone means a heavier phone. One of the downsides of Samsung’s new flagship phablet is its size. It’s pretty heavy, especially if you add the fact that it will come with the iconic S Pen.
With that being said (segue!), the most radical upgrade to the Note series comes with the S Pen’s new Bluetooth feature. Yes, the pen is now more than just a piece of stick you poke your screen with! Ice Universe stated that the Bluetooth S Pen can be used to control long-range self-timers and music playback while being completely independent from the Galaxy Note 9 itself.
This means it will likely need a battery of its own, but given the huge battery the Galaxy Note 9 has, charging from it won’t be a problem.
The phablet will have a bigger RAM. A 6GB model will be offered together with an upgraded 8GB version. There will be a big storage boost since 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB model are also arriving.
Design-wise, everything looks pretty similar with the Galaxy Note 8, complete with the metal frame and glass back. So, that’s one of the disappointing aspects of the new phablet.
The technology design of having an in-display fingerprint reader has been pulled and will instead be launched inside the Galaxy S10. The fingerprint scanner has been moved from the side to below the rear cameras.
What we really hope to see, however, is the improvement of the overall performance of the phablet. Despite a boosted optical stabilization, the front camera is what really needs work.