There are strong indications that Samsung Electronics is set to launch the Galaxy Note9 Smartphone later this year by August 9 at the Samsung’s Unpacked event, which will be held in New York.

The new smartphone, according to a source closed to the arrangement will come with a revamped camera and an upgraded processor from Qualcomm Inc.

ET Telecom reports that Samsung is also working on a smart speaker coupled with its digital assistant Bixby, taking on Inc.’s Echo line of devices and Apple’s HomePod.

Samsung had 23 percent of the smartphone market in the first quarter versus 16 percent for Apple Inc., according to data from IDC. Earlier this year, Samsung released the Galaxy S9 phone with an upgraded camera, which has been well received by consumers.

The Note phone line helped usher in the large-phone format, a growing category that appeals to single-device consumers. Apple, which for years resisted making a large-screen iPhone, changed course in 2014 with the iPhone 6 Plus. Later this year, Apple plans to launch its biggest smartphone yet, a model with an almost 6.5-inch screen that looks like a bigger iPhone X.


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