This guide will take you through some reasons why you should, and shouldn’t, buy the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in August and beyond.
If you’re hunting for a new Android smartphone, the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and the Galaxy S9 should be on your shopping list.
The Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 are cheaper than they once were and they’ve been upgraded to Samsung’s version of Android Oreo. Android Oreo brings a long list of new features, enhancements, fixes, and patches along with it.
These Galaxy devices and others, like Samsung’s Galaxy S7, should have your attention, but you’ll also want to add another Galaxy device to your shopping list. Maybe to the top of it.
After a seemingly endless stream of rumors and speculation, the Galaxy Note 9 is official and it’ll go on sale tomorrow ahead of a release date later this month.
As expected, the Galaxy Note 9 is a powerhouse. Samsung’s new entry in the long-running Galaxy Note series comes with a long list of upgrades including a brand new S Pen stylus, a huge high-resolution display, a high-performance processor from Qualcomm, tons of storage space, and a massive battery.
The Galaxy Note 9 isn’t cheap, but it’s certainly worth investigating if you’re looking for a powerful smartphone you can hold onto for several years.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 pre-orders open up on August 10th at 12AM Eastern or 9PM Pacific. We aren’t expecting a sell out so you don’t need to stay up or wake up early to ensure you get one on release day.
The Galaxy Note 9 release date is confirmed for August 24th in the United States and it’s coming to the usual smattering of carriers. You’ll also find it through Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Straight Talk Wireless, Target, and Walmart.
With pre-orders opening up and the release date just a few weeks away, many people are trying to decide if they should buy the new device now or wait.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to pre-order and the best reasons to wait.
Buy If You Want the Best Software Support
If you plan on keeping your next phone for several years, you might consider buying the Galaxy Note 9.
Samsung didn’t advertise this on stage during the Galaxy S9 launch event and it didn’t talk about it during the GalaxyNote 9 event either, but these devices should receive at least two years of major Android OS upgrades with bug fixes and security updates mixed in.
While you might be tempted to skip the Galaxy Note 9 and go with a cheaper alternative like the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S7, software support for those devices will come to an end much faster.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s hardware upgrades ensures the device will get feature-rich versions of Samsung’s upgrades for several years to come. Samsung’s Android updates for older phones are often limited by their aging hardware.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is one of the first Galaxy devices to run Android 8.1 Oreo, a newer version of Oreo, and Samsung’s new Experience UI. It’s also running Samsung’s new Bixby 2.0 assistant.
Bixby 2.0 features improvements to the AI’s accuracy, an improved SDK, better support for third-party applications. As of right now you can use Bixby to launch third party apps, but you can’t do much else.
Bixby 2.0 will eventually make it onto other devices like the Galaxy S9, but you’ll likely have to wait for Samsung to issue it with a major software update, probably Android 9.0 Pie. And if the roll out is anything like Oreo, that might mean waiting until late 2018 or the first half of 2019.
We expect the Galaxy Note 9 to be one of the first Samsung devices upgraded to Google’s new Android 9.0 Pie update. Android Pie is now available for Pixel phones and select devices from OEMs like Essential.
If you plan on keeping your next phone for several years and you think you might want the latest features, fixes, and patches without having to install custom software, think about going with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 over an older Galaxy phone.