Skipping Samsung Galaxy S9 Series And Waiting For Galaxy Note 9 [Opinion]

Samsung's next phablet may arrive sooner than we think.

Daryl Deino

Samsung's next phablet may arrive sooner than we think.

This author has a JUMP plan through T-Mobile (with 2 lines). This allows an update of both an iOS and Android device at least twice a year. Usually, in the early spring, it’s the new Galaxy S smartphone that replaces the Note from the fall before. Not this year.

That’s not to say that the Galaxy S9+, a better option than the regular S9, is a bad smartphone. In fact, TechRadar gives Samsung’s new high-end smartphone four-and-a-half stars.

“You won’t find a bigger and better Android phone than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, thanks to its oversized 6.2-inch curved screen and low-light-defeating dual-lens camera.”

The review adds that even though it looks a lot like last year’s S8+, the fingerprint sensor is in a safer location and that Samsung has finally added stereo speakers. They think the new AR Emoji feature is overrated and that the phone may be a little overpriced.

While the price may be one issue, the biggest one is that the S9+ isn’t so much different from the Galaxy Note 8 in order to justify an upgrade. However, judging by the rumors, it looks like the Galaxy Note 9 is the smartphone to wait for.

Samsung Galaxy S9+
The Galaxy S9+ is a beautiful smartphone but not worth an upgrade from the Galaxy Note 8. Daryl Deino

Fingerprint Sensor in Front Display

For years, both Samsung and Apple have been trying to perfect technology that would allow an under-the-screen fingerprint sensor. Apple gave up last year with the iPhone X and just decided to go with the Face ID (which is good, but not perfect).

According to BGR, it looks like Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9 may feature the long-awaited fingerprint sensor.

“A new report now says that Samsung actually is going forward with the plans to integrate a fingerprint sensor into the Note 9’s display. And it looks like the decision might be one of necessity,” says columnist Chris Smith, adding that one of the reasons there is a delay in the final concept of the Note 9 is due to the tough job it’s been adopting the under-the-screen sensor.

Possible July Release Date

Why purchase the S9+ when the Note 9 release may be just around the corner. According to CNET, production has actually already started on the Note 9 — far ahead of the usual scheduled production time. Last year, production on the Galaxy Note 8 started in June.

Better Battery

The 3,300 mAh battery on the current Note 8 is certainly good, but not perfect. After the battery debacle with the Note 7, Samsung decided to play it safe on the Note 8. But Forbes reports that the Note 9 may contain a 3,850 mAh battery — that would provide 20 percent more power than the Note 8 does. Then again, with expected improvements in speed (which seems hard to believe since the Note 8 is already super-fast), the user may not actually get much more power.

Bendable Display

Many sites are reporting that Samsung is working on a smartphone with a bendable display. While there’s always a possibility that the Note 9 could be the first smartphone with a bendable display, it’s likely that Samsung is working on a completely different phone. Still, one can always hope.

More Information Coming Soon….

Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of information available about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 right now. However, that will likely change within the next couple of months. And you can bet that the Inquisitr will bring you up-to-date information about Samsung’s next phablet smartphone.