Samsung Vice Chairman, Lee Jae-Yong, has reportedly instructed engineers to make a minor design change on the Galaxy Note 9. The change is expected to delay the device’s launch by a fortnight – from July to the beginning of August.
According to Korea’s The Bell, Vice Chairman Jae-Yong visited a Shenzhen store to trial some of the new Xiaomi, vivo and Oppo phones, and was inspired to make a design change on the new Note 9.
The news comes after DxOMark awarded Xiaomi’s new flagship phone, the Mi 8, a similar photo photographic score as Samsung’s Galaxy S9+.
The requested change will reportedly reduce the Galaxy Note 9’s front glass thickness by 0.5mm.
The forthcoming Note 9 was rumoured to feature 1.5mm thicker glass than its predecessor, albeit with more powerful hardware.
Many commentators forecast the Galaxy Note 9 will incorporate an in-display fingerprint scanner. Reduced glass thickness is therefore expected to enhance this feature.
The predecessing Galaxy Note 8 was globally launched in September. This year Samsung decided to bring up its Note 9 debut, reportedly to avoid impeding the launch of its highly anticipated ‘Galaxy X’.