samsung note 9 concept art

What features and updates can Android fans expect from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9? A massive new leak claims to provide a glimpse of what Samsung has in store for 2018. Unfortunately, if it proves true, the new model might be extremely similar to what we saw this past year.

On May 2, an established Samsung leaker known as Ice Universe released seven new features that could be coming to Samsung’s new device. Eight days later, Ice Universe tweeted that the Note 9 will be almost indistinguishable from last year’s Note 8.

The first question: Can we trust this leak? Ice Universe has a decent track record. They previously leaked the first photos of the Galaxy S8 in February 2017 and accurately predicted most of the Galaxy S9’s features ahead of its January launch.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Leak: Alleged New Features and Updates

Ice Universe’s list of seven features most notably mentioned a complete revamp to the Note 9’s user interface, an update they identified as “Crown UX.” These leaked features also speculated that the device might include the long-awaited fingerprint scanner, but days after this list was posted, Ice Universe tweeted that the Note 9 will “almost [certainly]” not come with the reader.

samsung galaxy note 9 concept art
Unofficial concept art of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Via  DBS DESIGNING.

Ice Universe’s Note 9 Highlights:

  1. New S-Pen
  2. Crown UX
  3. Bixby 2.0
  4. Under-screen optical fingerprint exclusive program
  5. 3850mAh battery 18w fast charge
  6. New color: Teddy Brown
  7. Camera
  8. The claim that the Note 9 won’t include a fingerprint reader was backed up by well-known smartphone analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. AppleInsider reported that in a note to investors Kuo stated that “under-display fingerprint solutions may currently have many technical issues.” This may have led to Samsung pumping the brakes on this feature for this upcoming release.

    If these rumors prove to be true, it looks like Note users will be in for something pretty similar to the Note 8.