Galaxy Note 9 Launching Early After Slow S9 Sales (Report)

Samsung wasn't expected to release its Galaxy Note 9 until much later in the year. But now a new report suggests its release could be bumped up due to a disappointing Galaxy S9 launch.

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The Korean tech giant could release the Galaxy Note 9 as early as July or August instead of offering the new handset in September, like it did with the Galaxy Note 8, The Investor is reporting. It's believed that Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ haven't been performing as well as the company might have hoped. An earlier replacement, the report suggests, could help Samsung overcome missed financial targets.

Samsung released its Galaxy S9 line earlier this month, and based on our review of the S9 and S9+, they're best Android phones you can buy. The handset comes with improved power, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and the camera offers much improved low-light performance. A new feature called Intelligent Scan marries the handset's face and iris scanners to create a more convenient way to unlock the devices.

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However, beyond that, not much has changed compared to the Galaxy S8 that hit store shelves last year. And consumers may be sticking with their older handsets for now.

Samsung released its Galaxy Note 8 on Sept. 15, which at the time, was considered a bit late. In years past, the company stuck to a late-August time frame to help it beat Apple's flagship to the punch. But Samsung also need to ensure that the Note 8 was safe so as not to repeat the fire hazard debacle that was the Note 7.

For its part, Samsung hasn't commented on Galaxy S9 sales and likely won't until it reports earnings for its most recent quarter. And even then, the company could pitch the Galaxy Note 9's possible early launch as an opportunity to beat Apple to store shelves rather than a response to the Galaxy S9.

Either way, look for the Galaxy Note 9 to come with a few major updates. The Investor, whose report was earlier discovered by SamMobile, added that it's possible the Galaxy Note 9 could come with a larger 6.4-inch screen. The Note 9 could also get a fingerprint sensor embedded into its display, so you wouldn't have to reach around the device to unlock your phone.

Stay tuned for Galaxy Note 9 rumors as they emerge.

Don Reisinger is CEO and founder of D2 Tech Agency. A communications strategist, consultant, and copywriter, Don has also written for many leading technology and business publications including CNET, Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, Forbes, Computerworld, Digital Trends, TechCrunch and Slashgear. He has also written for Tom's Guide for many years, contributing hundreds of articles on everything from phones to games to streaming and smart home.

  • maxcypond
    I think the cost of 2017 and now 2018 phones is turning people off. People went into 2017 wanting new phones and what was delivered was pretty good but pricey. I think the discomfort of the those prices is only settling in now. I really hope at Apple and Samsung learn the right lessons - there needs to be value in teh market and they should have a slice of it.

    For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S series starts at $750 and Samsung's J Series starts at $250. What Samsung is missing is a really good $499 phone one where the value proposition is really enticing - yet the pricing is profitable enough.
  • bhines5
    How about...these phones need to be offered at a lower price? That's the reason for the slow sales. Any of the geniuses figured this out yet?

    In addition, I really wish one of the Android makers would get it together and offer all the bells and whistles on ONE phone, and stop playing, oh this model has this, but not that, oh this model has that and not this..people are sick of it.

    Then updates, can we get more timely updates on these phones 8.1 has been out. Google does it, One Plus is pretty decent, but the others are horrible with their updates.

    Anyone listening? Google? Samsung? One Plus? Sony? LG?
  • rafern7
    20838110 said:
    Samsung's Galaxy S9 might not be selling as well as hoped, which is reportedly accelerating the Note 9's launch.

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    My bet is that this article was written by an Apple supporter. A product (in this case the S9 Note) is released to market when the developers believe it is ready. You can forward a products planned release by 2 months just because you want to beat a competitor. Although the S9 has some awesome new features, my S8 is a fantastic phone and does everything I want. I considered moving the the S9 but decided to wait awhile. Of course, when I do upgrade it will be to the newest Samsung product as I think it to be a better product, has greater flexibility than Apple products and beats them on cost. I work on Apple, Windows, and Android systems and for phones I have owned several Galaxy phones in a row and believe them to be the superior product. PS: I have experienced cumbersome Android OS problems on LG so be careful.