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It's telling that we don't know if Samsung's CEO is holding a Galaxy Note 9 or Note 8 in this pic

We can't be for sure, but it looks like Samsung's CEO took the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 out for a little real-world play time.

Published onJuly 16, 2018

An image of Samsung's CEO holding what appears to be a Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
  • An image of Samsung’s CEO DJ Koh holding a Galaxy Note device might be our first real-world look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
  • However, it is quite possible he’s holding a Galaxy Note 8, since the devices look so similar.
  • With the launch of the Galaxy Note 9 only a few weeks away, it is absolutely possible that Koh is already using it as his daily driver.

Today, an image of Samsung mobile division CEO DJ Koh started making the rounds online. The photo seems unremarkable at first glance, but upon further inspection, it seems possible that Koh is holding a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in his hands.

The picture, reprinted above from Sam Mobile, doesn’t give us a clear look at the device. However, the back camera setup does appear to be different than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which would suggest Koh is using a Note 9.

Samsung will launch the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in early August. If this photo is actually of a Note 9, it would be our first real-world look at the device.

Here’s a zoomed-in version of the phone in Koh’s hands:

An image of Samsung's CEO holding what appears to be a Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

I’ve stared at this photo for a few minutes straight, and honestly, I can’t definitively tell which device it is. Sam Mobile is certain it’s a Note 9, but I’m not totally convinced.

The Galaxy Note 9 is here: Everything you need to know

Regardless, the fact that we can’t easily tell the Galaxy Note 9 from the Galaxy Note 8 is a telling summation of the initial rumors surrounding the upcoming flagship smartphone. So far, what we’ve learned about the phone from leaked information points to a device that is so similar to the Note 8 that it will be hard to encourage people to upgrade. Although we expect a lot of upgrades to the S Pen, those new features will likely not be “sexy” enough for people to ditch their current device.

We can tell one thing for certain from the device in the photo: it is NOT the blue Galaxy Note 9 with its companion yellow S Pen that Samsung ads have already shown us.

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