We Might Not Have to Wait Very Long for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

By Tom Pritchard on at

Back in March rumours surfaced claiming that Samsung was planning to unveil the Galaxy Note 9 in July, ready for release in August. Today those rumours have surfaced yet again, suggesting we might actually be seeing Samsung's next phablet in around two months time.

According to industry sources speaking to the Korea Herald, Samsung is speeding up its production schedule for two reasons. One, because the Samsung Galaxy S9 hasn't sold as well as the company would have liked, and also to get ahead of whatever iPhone X successors Apple is planning to release before the end of the year. Those sources also claim that Samsung was building 6.38-inch OLED panels for the Note 9 in April, a full two months earlier than normal.

On top of that it's been suggested that Samsung will also be releasing the Galaxy S10 earlier than normal, with a launch expected at CES in January. That's quite a significant change to the release schedule, seeing as how the S9 was announced in February and the S8 was announced in March. It's possible that Samsung may want to get this particular phone out of the way so it can concentrate on the launch of the long-rumoured folding phone - currently referred to as the Galaxy X.

While we don't know a great deal about the Note 9, there have been plenty of rumou.rs that it will include an in-display fingerprint scanner. Then again there have also been rumours that this particular feature is being saved for the S10, so there's no telling what might happen. If Samsung is speeding up production the way sources claim, it seems less likely that it would try and throw in new and unreliable tech without thoroughly testing it. But you never know.

Take all these rumours with a dose of scepticism for the time being, and we'll bring you more about the Note 9 as and when the information leaks. [Korea Herald via TechRadar]