Samsung sends invites to Aug. 9 event; get ready for the Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy Note 8 was Samsung's first flagship phone with dual rear cameras.
The Galaxy Note 8 was Samsung’s first flagship phone with dual rear cameras.

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Samsung’s next flagship Galaxy Android phone is just around the corner.

The Korean electronics giant has just sent out press invitations for its next Unpacked event on Aug. 9. Samsung’s widely expected to announce the Galaxy Note 9 at the event.

The Unpacked event kicks off at 10 a.m. ET and will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Media invitations usually offer a tease and this year’s invite is no different. It’s hard to say what Samsung’s hinting at, but it looks like there’s gonna be a new gold (or is that yellow?!) color.

What's this invite teasing for the next Galaxy phone?

What’s this invite teasing for the next Galaxy phone?

That’s not a button on the Note 9 you’re looking at in the invite above — it’s the button on the S Pen.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is the company’s next chance to dunk on Apple. 

The next Note is rumored to resemble the current Note 8. Rumors on the phone have so far been few and far between. 

A Bloomberg report earlier this month said the Note 9 will have an upgraded Qualcomm processor “for some markets.” The phone will also have camera improvements, like similar to the ones on the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

Purported benchmarks suggest the Note 9’s exact chipset could be a Snapdragon 845 and and Exynos 9180, paired with 6GB of RAM. Some markets might even see a variant with 8GB of RAM and a whopping 512GB of storage, which would be a first for a Samsung phone.

Last year, Samsung introduced the Note 8 at the end of August and launched it in September, pitting it up against the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The phone then had to compete with the iPhone X, which launched in November.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is the company’s next chance to dunk on Apple. 

With an earlier August announcement, Samsung could be looking to sell the phone before Apple unveils its new iPhones in September. Apple is rumored to be launching three new iPhones — a more affordable 6.1-inch iPhone with LCD screen, an updated iPhone X, and an larger 6.5-inch “iPhone X Plus” all in September.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is a fantastic phone, but Samsung played it safe after its Note 7 literally went up in flames and was recalled and then discontinued worldwide in 2016.

We’re hoping this time around the Note 9 has a few more substantial updates. There have been on and off rumors about the phone having an in-display fingerprint sensor — a feature Chinese phone makers like Oppo and Vivo appear to be fully embracing — but nobody seems to be sure about it.

We’re also praying that the Note 9 won’t cost $1,000, but that seems unlikely since the Galaxy S9 and S9+ already fulfill a lower price point for Samsung.

Mashable will be attending Unpacked 2018. For now, let the speculation begin for Samsung’s next big thing. 

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