We can expect to see the Samsung Galaxy S9 presented at MWC 2018. The latest news has some juicy details from an alleged photo of the retail box.
Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9
- The latest news
- Price and release date
- Design and renders
- Fingerprint sensor
- Technical specifications
A photo of what seems to be the retail packaging of the Samsung Galaxy S9 has surfaced on Reddit. The box resembles that of the Galaxy S8, so it could well be the real deal. But it's not just about the box, but what's on it: it shows the technical specifications of the upcoming device.
Although it is not possible to verify the source of this leak, if you take a look at the photo below, you can see how the packaging resembles that of its predecessor.
The interesting aspect is certainly not the box itself, but the technical specifications indicated that seem to match what has leaked up to now. Here they are below:
- Display: 5.8" Super AMOLED panel (which is reduced to 5.6" when considering rounded corners), resolution in QHD+.
- Camera: 8MP on the front, only one 12MP lens on the back with optical image stabilizer and aperture that can switch between f/1.5 and 2.4. Features include super slow motion.
- Audio: Stereo speaker tuned by AKG.
- IP68 certification against water and dust.
- Iris scanner.
- 4GB of RAM accompanied by 64GB of internal memory.
- Wireless charging.
As you can see, there is nothing particularly surprising revealed, being an incremental improvement over the Galaxy S8. AKG is part of the HARMAN group which Samsung bought last year. It supplied the headphones for the Galaxy S8 and continues its audio work on the successor.
While there don't appear to be many novelties in the hardware department, Samsung could still surprise us on the software side.
Thus, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is expected be the stage chosen by the Korean company to unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to the world. This was confirmed by DJ Koh, chairman of the brand's mobile division, at the CES in Las Vegas.
Since MWC 2018 officially begins on Monday, February 26, press events are typically held from the day before; so if Samsung is going to launch the new phone at MWC, the first appearance of the Galaxy S9 could well be Sunday, February 25.
After the unveiling, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is expected to go on sale in March. The device is being developed under the internal codename "Star" and it will likely cost at least $720, which was the starting price of the S8.
Since there's little official information about the design of the Galaxy S9 available at the moment, the design of the device is largely unknown. That means the rumor-based renders appearing online differ widely. Take these with a grain of salt before you feast your eyes on all the fun possibilities.
Reputable leaker Steve H (@OnLeaks) stoked up excitement by leaking not one, but two CAD based 360 degree renders showing the S9 and S9 Plus.
Sooo... You've been eagerly waiting for him, there you finally have it! #Samsung #GalaxyS9 360° video render + dimensions, on behalf of @91mobiles... 😏 https://t.co/EcE3Illv0p pic.twitter.com/VzMx6MgGc2— Steve H. (@OnLeaks) 14. December 2017
Feast your eyes on the videos below. First, the Galaxy S9:
And now the big brother, the S9+:
OnLeaks has an excellent track record for accuracy that has made him something of a superstar in the world of mobile tech leaks. His renderings of S8 and iPhone X earlier this year certainly proved reliable.
According to sources cited by Sammobile, Samsung will introduce the new flagship in a purple color in addition to the traditional black, gold and blue. We don't know the official color names, but we assume that the purple version could be close to the Deep Blue version of Galaxy Note 8.
However, the purple color could be exclusive to certain markets. This is the case, for example, for the red version of the Galaxy S8, which is currently only available in South Korea. Now it remains to be seen if further leaks will confirm (or debunk) this violet color.
Although a patent filed by Samsung suggested that the next flagship will have a front-located fingerprint reader, local news reports in their home country of South Korea indicate like that manufacturer has aborted this plan in favor of a more conservative approach, keeping the fingerprint scanner on the back.
Some Samsung fans may well find this quite disappointing, as user feedback about the fingerprint sensor placement on this year's Galaxy S8 was far from overwhelmingly positive.
A front-located fingerprint sensor would eliminate the finger strain that can come with using the current generation Samsungs, but such a placement would also open up Samsung to more accusations of copying their old rival, Apple. This is because they'd have to put a notch in the bottom of the display, a feature sported by the iPhone X which is dividing opinion. Still, Apple often points the way for other companies to improve on.
Samsung remain determined to better integrate fingerprint ID technology, and it is now expected that they will work to integrate a front-located, possibly in-display fingerprints scanner on their next flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 9.
|Galaxy S9||Galaxy S9 Plus|
|Display||5.8 inches||6.2 inches|
|Resolution||2.960 x 1.440 (QHD+)||2.960 x 1.440 (QHD+)|
|Chipset||Exynos 9810 / Snapdragon 845||Exynos 9810 / Snapdragon 845|
|RAM||4 GB||6 GB|
|Storage||64 GB, MicroSD-Slot||64 GB, MicroSD-Slot|
|Camera||Single-Camera, 12 MP||Dual-Camera, 12 Mp|
In the US, the S9 would likely have the next generation Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 845. In other markets, it should carry Samsung's latest in-house chip, the Exynos 9810. In terms of camera, the Plus version will likely have a dual camera setup compared to the single camera on its little brother.
What do you want to see in Samsung's 2018 S series flagship? What do you think the codename means? Let us know in the comments below.