Typically Samsung launches its newest Galaxy Note handset towards the end of August or start of September, but from the looks of things we might end up seeing the Note 9 slightly earlier. Not earlier as in next week or next month, but still a little bit sooner than expected.
SamMobile reports that testing is currently underway for firmware numbers N960FXXE0ARB7 and N960FXXU0ARC5, are expected to be for the upcoming phablet. That might not seem like a huge deal, and it's true that the testing itself is not. Testing need needs to be done prior to release, but the fact that the testing is happening now is notable.
The Galaxy Note 8's firmware testing started in April last year, ready for a September launch window, which suggests starting the Note 9's testing a few weeks earlier means we might get our first official look in July. While it could be easy to dismiss that, SamMobile notes that testing for the Galaxy S9 began earlier than normal as well, with the phone itself launching at the end of February rather than sometime in March.
It's not much to go on, and there's absolutely no guarantee that Samsung has any plans to launch the Note 9 in the heart of summer, but there's always that possibility.