We’re still over a month away from the official unveiling of the Galaxy Note 9 at Samsung’s Unpacked event on August 10. In the meantime, plenty of rumours have been flying about online, and one of the most recent involves the battery.
Thanks to some earlier ‘leaks’ from renowned tipster Ice Universe, as well as an alleged early hands on by a Russian tech reviewer — there is an assumption that the Note 9 will be sporting a 4000mAh battery.
If true, this is a huge improvement on the both the Note 8’s 3300mAh offering, as well as the 3500mAh S9 Plus. And while this is most definitely good news, there’s just one small problem that may have just been leaked…
Once again, Ice Universe has been feeding the rumour mill — saying that the charging specs of the Note 9 battery hasn’t improved, even with its larger capacity.
The Samsung Note9's battery is 4000mAh, but its charging specifications have not improved. Like the S7/S8/S9, the EP-TA200 charger has a maximum power of 10W. This is the slowest charging speed in the world except for iPhone. How long does 4000mAh take? ???? pic.twitter.com/Ko3YQxepfx
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 30, 2018
This is bad news for fast charging fans who don’t want to wait over two hours for a full charge. I am admittedly ones of those people, to the point where I detest wireless charging because it’s too slow, despite actually liking the concept.
It’s also a somewhat questionable move when fast charging is becoming increasingly expected, particularly in high priced flagship phones.
But there may be a good reason for the slow rate of charge, if the rumour turns out to be true. As convenient as fast charging is, it can have a negative impact on the battery life of a phone in the long run.
Considering the Note 7 scandal from two years ago, it would make sense for Samsung to take a conservative approach when it comes to battery safety and life. The company also stated that its phones would still have 95 per cent battery capacity after two years, which would presumably require the avoidance of fast charging capabilities.
Samsung may also be banking on the significantly larger battery to satiate customers who are seeing both large batteries and fast charging from competitors in market. More capacity theoretically means less need for quick, last minute charging. Unless you’re someone like me, who feels anxious when any way phone battery drops below 50 per cent.
We won’t know if any of the rumours are true until August, but a mammoth battery with slow charging is believable. It would certainly add to the rumours that the Note 9 is going to be bigger in almost every way — including RAM, storage and size.
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