SAMSUNG IS PLANNING to launch the Galaxy Note 9 earlier than usual in a bid to “outshine” Apple’s iPhone X2. So says a report out of Korea, which claims that the Note 9 will be released in July or August, with Samsung Display set to start producing the handset’s OLED panel this month – two months earlier than usual.

As well as looking to beat Apple’s next-generation iPhone(s) to market, this early launch comes as Samsung looks to “make up for the less-than-stellar performance of the S9”.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are expensive. Really, really expensive. The Galaxy S9 retails for $720 if you buy an unlocked model directly from Samsung, while the larger Galaxy S9+ will set you back $840. Purchase either new phone from any major US wireless carrier other than T-Mobile, and you’ll pay even more — as much as $800 for the Galaxy S9 or $930 for the Galaxy S9+. Those are sky-high sums to pay even if they are Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphones, and not everyone wants to cough up that kind of cash.

Industry sources told the Korea Herald that Samsung Display has “prepared three of four solutions” for Samsung Electronics to embed a fingerprint sensor inside the Note 9’s display, adding that the firm is “seriously considering” one of the solutions.

Separately, SamMobile has hinted that the Galaxy Note 9 could launch sooner than expected, having received confirmation that Samsung has commenced development of the smartphone’s software, and has started testing two builds – N960FXXE0ARB7 and N960FXXU0ARC5.

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