It’s that time of the year again, no, not Christmas, but the start of the Samsung Galaxy S9 leaks and rumors. The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are almost 8 months old, and people have already started to wonder what its successor is going to be like.
The company recently released the Galaxy Note 8, but then its main rival Apple announced the new iPhone X. Hence, the battle starts once again, to deliver the best smartphone ever, and the next big thing from Samsung is definitely going to be Galaxy S9.
With the Galaxy S8, Samsung introduced the Infinity Display, so what will it be with the Galaxy S9? Here’s what the rumors and leaks say about the next flagship from Samsung. All that you need to know, including release date and other tidbits. It is important, however, that you take these with a pinch of salt.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Release Date
The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will most likely be announced around late February 2018, if Samsung follows tradition. And they will, as every year, Samsung usually unveils the Galaxy S series of smartphones, just one day before Mobile World Congress.
In 2018, Mobile World Congress will start on February 26, which likely means that the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus would be announced on February 25th and go on sale in the next week or so. Reports have also stated that Samsung has started development of the next Galaxy smartphone.
Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Specs
Design and Display
We can blindly expect Samsung to use the similar bezel-less Infinity Display on the next Galaxy smartphones. However, the company might increase the resolution and finally provide a 4K display. There have also been rumors that the fingerprint sensor would be embedded under the display, making it more easily accessible than the current solution on the S8 and Note 8.
Design wise, it is safe to assume that the Galaxy S9 would look similar to the current models. A rumor did mention that Samsung may bring curved edges to the top and bottom as well. The display size may not change, and the S9 could feature the same 5.8-inch display and the S9 Plus, a 6.2-inch display.
Once again, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ could be the first Android smartphones to feature the next gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. As usual, a Samsung made Exynos chipset would be used in international variants of the Galaxy S9.
You can expect at least 6GB of RAM on the new devices, as the Note 8 already has 6GB of RAM, so it is very likely that Samsung will continue that trend. Internal storage can be expected to start at 64GB, and go up to 256GB.
The world of mobile photography now mostly revolves around dual camera setups. 2017 is the year of the dual cameras, and it’s only going to continue in 2018. The Galaxy Note 8 features a dual camera setup, so it is only natural that the Galaxy S9 will feature it too.
We can also expect improvement in low-light photography, larger aperture, bigger sensors, wider angles, and more. Samsung will definitely want to compete with the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 in the camera department, which means users will reap the benefits.
Samsung could also include a 3D camera in the front with face recognition technology, something that’s better than the Iris Scanner and similar to the FaceID setup on the iPhone X.
Over the past few years, we’ve been seeing a gradual shift from complete bloatware to almost no bloatware UI from Samsung. The TouchWiz UI has given way to Samsung Experience UI on the Galaxy S8 and Note 8. The new UI is lighter, has less clutter and bloatware, and provides a much better user experience.
Expect Samsung to improve upon this and provide an even more polished and smoother UI on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. It will be based on Android 8.0 Oreo as well, and include all the new features and a tonne of other Samsung specific features.
After the Note 7 fiasco, Samsung has been very careful with batteries. The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus don’t feature particularly large batteries, and even the Note 8 has a 3300 mAh. However, thanks to a more efficient chipset and improved power management, the latest Galaxy devices have fared well in battery life tests.
Therefore, don’t expect a huge battery on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, but you can certainly look forward to a long battery life.
Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Price
We expect the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus to be priced similarly to the current S8 variants. The S9 could cost you around £700, whereas the S9 Plus could be priced around £800.