Reports have emerged in South Korean media that Samsung could be launching its Galaxy Note 9 a month earlier than scheduled with pat of the reason being lackluster sales of Galaxy S9.
According to a report on the Korea Herald, unnamed “industry sources” have claimed that Galaxy Note 9 will be launching in July and not August as is the case with all Note devices. Samsung usually introduces the Galaxy Note series in August, ahead of the IFA Berlin trade show.
Samsung has already started mass production of the Note 9’s 6.38-inch display in April, two months earlier than expected, the report adds. Insiders told the publication that Samsung’s much-hyped Galaxy S9 series are selling “much poorer than expected”. Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in March this year. So it’s clear that Samsung is not really happy with the performance of the Galaxy S9 series and which is why it is keen to launch the Galaxy Note 9 earlier to the market.
Reports about the early launch of Galaxy Note 9 aren’t new as there were reports in the same publication as early as March this year that Galaxy Note 9 could get an early release date. Back in March, the Korea Herald reported that Samsung wanted to launch the Galaxy Note 9 in July or August of this year. The Galaxy Note 9 has already been certified by China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (CMII), adding further air to the speculations that the flagship smartphone will make an early appearance.
The Galaxy Note 9, according to Evan Blass, is known internally as “Crown”. The high-end smartphone will reportedly feature a 6.4-inch display and a 4000mAh battery inside, which claims to last two days on a single charge. The Galaxy Note 9 is also rumoured to get an in-display fingerprint scanner, along with an iPhone X-like more secure facial recognition system.
The report goes on to corroborate earlier claims that the Galaxy S10 will be showcased for the first time at CES in January 2019, with the company’s first commercial flexible smartphone making its debut at MWC in February.