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Galaxy Note 9: Samsung’s still averse to the notch and 512GB variant might not come to the West

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 launch is creeping closer, but there’s still plenty to be revealed about the device expected to launch on August 9th. The latest leaks suggest that its 512GB storage model won’t be coming to the West, but Samsung will likely be joining Vivo and Oppo in forgoing the divisive notch.

Rumours surrounding the upcoming Note 9 have been circulating for quite some time, with consistently reliable leaker Ice Universe revealing that Samsung could ensure the device is the first mass-market 1TB-capable handheld smartphone/phablet thanks to an industry leading 512GB microSD slot combined with a premium 512GB internal storage model.

A slip up from South Korean retailer KT Plaza Shop revealing pre-order details on the Note 9 shows that Samsung does plan to release 64GB, 246GB and 512GB variants, however the largest model is believed to be exclusive to South Korea and China when the device launches. There could be plans to release the premium model in the West but nothing has been revealed so far.

Elsewhere, it looks like the infamous cut-out really is dying out as an increasing amount of smartphone manufacturers forgo the notch in favour of technologies that allow for a truly bezel-less device. Ice Universe has once again revealed that Samsung is likely to be among these companies with its Galaxy Note 9.

Posting a picture of the upcoming device’s screen panel, Ice Universe shows that Samsung won’t quite be going for the edge-to-edge design of recent Chinese manufacturers and will retain its top bezel and chin. While this means the camera won’t be popping out of the top, the bezels are thinner than the previous Galaxy Note 8, hinting that the new device will offer Samsung’s biggest screen-to-body ratio yet, although numbers have not been officially confirmed.

KitGuru Says: It’s perhaps best for Samsung not to opt for the notch after the company heavily mocked its rival when Apple release the iPhone X. Are you glad that the notch is being phased out or is it a feature you’re going to miss when it’s gone? What do you think of Samsung’s reported Galaxy Note 9 design?

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