Last week some renders of the Galaxy Note 9 leaked, showing off a phone that looks exactly how you'd expect: a big rectangle that looks a lot like the Galaxy Note 8. One thing people noticed, however, is that the camera layout was horizontal, and not the vertical redesign introduced in the Galaxy S9. Well now a new leak has popped up, seemingly explaining that choice. Because it's a choice that needed to be explained, clearly.
It's a combination of making sure there's enough room for the S-Pen and a large battery, or at least that's according to a diagram posted on Chinese social network Weibo by repeated leaker Ice Universe:
As you can see, having a horizontal camera system leaves room for the S-Pen housing and maximises space for the battery. Going vertical means the battery would have been shorter, and therefore not as powerful. A bigger battery is always a good thing, especially with such a big phone, and if rumours are to be believed the Galaxy Note 9 will be maximising that space with a 3,850-4,000 mAh battery. That's a big jump from the 3,300 mAh cell inside the Note 8, if that rumour is true.
Ice Universe also took to twitter to show off what's supposed to be a case for the Note 9, further corroborating rumours of the camera/fingerprint scanner layout.
Note9's protective case, we see its fingerprint sensor position. pic.twitter.com/acHwdYq64k
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 9, 2018
If that's to be believed, it also appears there's a fifth button on the phone, way below what are probably the power and Bixby buttons. No clue what this might be, but if you were to ask me to speculate I'd guess it was a dedicated camera button (remember those?) or a programmable button to try and appease the people who complained they couldn't do that with the Bixby button. Or it could be something completely different and new.