Another day, another “leak” of what appears to be Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note9 smartphone. It’s natural Samsung would be more than willing to express excitement for its sequel to the Galaxy Note8 — a phone that didn’t exactly take the world by storm.
But for this device to so thoroughly and steadily leak prematurely, just days before release, is starting to feel a bit... off. Product leakage happens to the richest of companies, yet we can’t help but wonder: What gives, Samsung?
This leak, this time in the form of a promotional video of the phablet, shows off the smartphone as only a computer-generated and professionally produced ad can: With neat special effects and a completely sterile void in which to show off the smartphone.
The video doesn’t reveal anything particularly new or exciting, though. It has the pretty standard spiel that accompanies every big phone launch (something something “all new”, something something “powerful”), along with some beauty shots of a bright yellow “all new powerful S Pen” sliding in and out of the Note9.
Samsung’s been teasing this smartphone since June. By now everyone remotely interested in the device already knows about its trio of upcoming colours, its boring design, and its larger, 6.4-inch screen. Even an upcoming Samsung accessory was seemingly leaked by Amazon earlier this week. Heck, someone “accidentally” published a Note9 pre-order page for New Zealanders yesterday.
At this point, all these “accidents” are starting to make the company look as though it’s desperate to keep the headlines coming.
The only thing left for Samsung to do at this point is to ship the damn things to stores so people can buy them already. You have less than a week of waiting left, however, so before you commit to paying what’s rumoured to be the same outrageous price as the Note8, maybe look into something a little less expensive?
Even though we’re still in the middle of winter, Samsung’s Galaxy Note9 launch is less than two weeks away. With the launch scheduled to take place on August 9 — two to three weeks earlier than previous Note launches in years past — the Note9 looks as though it’s trying really hard to get out in front of Apple and Google before they release their devices later this spring.