Samsung is all set to launch its upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones at the MWC 2018 next month in Barcelona. The upcoming flagships have been in talks for a long time now and now that the launch is nearing, rumours about the devices have started to surface.
Samsung has been working on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ and the smartphones have already been the subject of several rumors and leaks. According to sources familiar with Samsung’s plans, the Galaxy S9 may make its first public appearance during the CES, which starts from January 9, 2018.
A leaked photo was spotted on Reddit and it shows the welcome screen of the smartphone during the initial setup. If you look closely at the leaked photo, you can see that the bottom bezel is slimmer compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Another leak from China had revealed the the device’s RAM and storage variants. “According to insider revealed S9 / S9 + will launch the following memory with: S9 DDR and Flash Combo 4 + 64 & 4 + 128, S9 + DDR and Flash Combinations 6 + 64 & 6 + 128 & 6 + 256. Taking into account the market demand, Samsung will not push 512 combinations,” writes the user on Weibo.
Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ Specifications
The new flagship Galaxy S9 series is rumored to be very much identical to its predecessors. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will sport the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch dual-curved, edge-to-edge Super AMOLED Infinity displays as the Galaxy S8 series. However, Samsung has moved the fingerprint sensor below the camera module.
Samsung recently unveiled the Exynos 9810 SoC that will be powering the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. The Exynos 9810 is an octa-core SoC with a maximum clock speed of 2.9GHz. Samsung has claimed that the single-core performance is twice as fast as the Exynos 8895 SoC that was on Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8. The chipset will also come with onboard AI and support 3D facial recognition for biometric authentication.
In the camera department, the Galaxy S9 is expected to come with a single rear camera, whereas the S9 Plus is expected to come with a dual-camera setup with Live Focus for DSLR-like bokeh effects.
Other features such as a heart-rate sensor, wireless fast charging, water and dust resistance and USB Type C-port are expected to feature on the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Additionally, the new Galaxy smartphones are set to retain the 3.5mm audio jack. In the software department, they are likely to run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.