Last week, online investigators unveiled the first screen images and case renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Now, these same intrepid phone spies have managed to get their hands on the phone's signature stylus. Their verdict: "The biggest update in the history of the S Pen." Lawks.
Another day, another yammering Samsung Galaxy S10 rumour. Today's noteworthy leaks centre around a trio of front-facing cameras (or was that yesterday?), a 3D-face scanner, an "absolute ripper" of a CPU and a fingerprint sensor embedded right into the display. Here's everything you need to know.
Once again, the report comes courtesy of Ice Universe who have a solid track record of delivering reliable smartphone leaks. As is their want, the organisation has chosen to tease the news in the form of a singular tweet:
Galaxy Note9 S Pen is a pen with a soul. It may be the biggest update in the history of the S Pen.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 25, 2018
A pen with a soul? That sounds an awful lot like hyperbole - of a type even Samsung's marketing team would (probably) shy away from. Frustratingly, no details were given to explain what makes the new version so special.
Nevertheless, a major upgrade to the S-Pen is sure to be welcomed by stylus-loving Note fans, of which there are plenty. So what can we expect?
According to an unrelated report on AllAboutSamsung, the Note 9's S-Pen will introduce Bluetooth support. No, really. (They go on to speculate wildly over what a Bluetooth-equipped stylus might do - including the unconvincing idea that it could be used to make and receive phone calls. This would take Bluetooth headset wankery to a new level.)
So the TLDR version is: the Note 9 is getting a Big Stylus Upgrade, but we have no idea what this upgrade entails. Presumably, the responsiveness and pressure sensitive controls will be ramped up considerably.
In addition to the S-Pen, Samsung will reportedly make some significant changes to the look of the Note 9 which will be slightly wider and thicker than last year's model. If the leaked images are correct, the fingerprint reader has been re-positioned directly below the rear-facing camera.
According to an insider report on Bloomberg, it will come with a new Snapdragon 845 processor, Bixby 2.0 and an improved camera which now boasts an adjustable aperture, multiframe noise reduction and a super slo-mo video mode.
All will likely be revealed in August when Samsung is expected to officially announce the device. It's safe to assume that much of the presentation will focus on the S-Pen. Hopefully it matches the building hype.
[Via Tom's Guide]