We’re well out from the reveal and/or release of the next hero phones from Sasmung and Apple. But once we’ve moved past the last device in a brand line, there’s no bad time to start hypothesizing about that’ll come next. In this case, that means using the iPhone X (the first one), iPhone 8 Plus, Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy S9 Plus to figure out what both companies might well be up against.
The chart you’ll see below is made with a variety of elements, none of which are direct from Apple or Samsung. I want to be VERY CLEAR here: The following is an exercise in informed guesswork. We won’t know what the final specifications are for either device until they’re revealed by their makers.
On that same note: Samsung’s not been particularly secretive about hiding their next Galaxy Note’s name. It’d be shocking to find Samsung NOT release a Galaxy Note 9 this late Summer. We’re slightly less sure about the expected “iPhone X Plus.” That’d be a bit more of a surprise – but also a welcome one.
Word on the street is that Apple’s “notch” is evolving. Because of the hardware required to sense various elements – and the camera up there – they’ve opted for a notch on the first iPhone X. But because of the ever-evolving nature of the beast, the iPhone X Plus could have an ever-so-slightly different notch shape and/or size.
The Galaxy Note 9 probably won’t have a whole lot of surprises up its sleeve. Compared to the iPhone X, the iPhone X Plus won’t seem too daring. Compared to the Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy Note 9 won’t blow your eyeballs out of your head. Not for lack of quality, but for lack of any major surprises in delivery.
We can safely expect that the Galaxy Note 9 will have a curved-edge display. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus have curved display edges, like their predecessors. The Galaxy Note phone series has followed along with the specs of their Galaxy S partner series for the past several years, without fail.
What I’d like to see
I’d like to see a flip-flop between these two units. I don’t expect it to happen, but imagine Android in the iPhone X, complete with the full collection of high-end sensors and a relatively generous camera array at its back. That’d be kinda neat, I suppose.
The Galaxy Note 9 with iOS inside – that’s a combination I’d like to see happen. It’d basically be an iPad mini with Apple Pencil capabilities – but the Apple Pencil would be a bit smaller. As someone who uses an Apple Pencil and an iPad several nights a week at least, I’m confident that having such a setup would be even more excellent available at all times of the day.
But what’s an iPhone have that’s good for an Apple Pencil? Nothing, really. All Apple Pencil-compliant apps are currently relegated to the iPad ecosystem. For now.
The Samsung Galaxy Note series brought the stylus to the modern world of mobile phones in a big way. Not line the past, where styli were used to peck and prod smart devices in a rudimentary way. Samsung made way for precision – and with the real-deal Galaxy Note 9, they’ll undoubtedly give that world a re-up.
OK but when though
The iPhone X Plus will probably come around the same time as last year’s iPhone X. That’d mean Apple would reveal the device in mid-September, 2018. The Galaxy Note 9 is more of a conundrum. It’s been rumored that the Galaxy Note 9 will come earlier than the Galaxy Note 8. That’d mean earlier than mid-August – as mid-August was the timing for reveal for both the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy Note 7, with releases both in early September.