Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release date, specs latest news: New phablet to launch earlier in July

Promotional poster for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.YouTube/Samsung

After the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, the South Korean tech giant is expected to launch another high-end device in the coming months. Per the latest reports, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now underway, boasting an improved lineup of features and a more sophisticated design. The Galaxy Note 8 was launched in August, although it is now speculated that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be released earlier than scheduled.

According to the South Korean tech publication The Investor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be announced as early as July, with the mass production of the device's OLED screen scheduled to start this month. It is believed that an earlier release date for the Galaxy Note 9 is some sort of marketing strategy, especially that the phablet will be pitted against Apple's upcoming flagship handset, the iPhone X2. It is possible that the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be moved to early July.

In other news, the ever-reliable tech tipster known as Ice Universe has shared the latest updates regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs. According to a post he shared on Twitter, it was revealed that the in-display fingerprint sensor technology will be included in the phablet. First reports on the Galaxy Note 9 already raised the possibility of an under-screen optical biometric scanner in the device, but it was speculated that such technology is not yet ready to be used.

The in-display fingerprint sensor of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will give a tight competition to the 3D facial recognition technology of the iPhone X. It is also a much better alternative than a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which is used in most high-end smartphones today such as the Galaxy S8 and S9 models. 

Aside from an in-display fingerprint scanner, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is also tipped to receive a larger battery cell than the Galaxy Note 8. The upcoming phablet is shown to include a 3,850mAh battery cell, which is a 20 percent increase from the Note 8's 3,300mAh battery. This will be the biggest battery produced for a mass-produced Samsung handset, if this report verifies.