The new Galaxy S9 and S9+ are just around the corner – Here’s everything we know about the 2018 Samsung flagships that are expected to be announced in just a couple days.
The brand new devices will be officially revealed at MWC in Barcelona on the 25th February.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
There are really no details that we do not already know about the upcoming flagship devices yet – all of the renders we can imagine and specifications have leaked out – leaving a very little detail to our imagination.
The Galaxy S9 duo will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset (in the US) and the rest of the world by Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 chipset. The Snapdragon chipset will be clocked at 2.6 GHz (Octa-core) while the Exynos version will be clocked at 2.9 GHz (Octa-core).
There will be two RAM options available – depending on which Galaxies you pick up. The S9 (smaller) will come with 4GB of RAM while the S9+ will have 6GB. Storage wise, both will have 64GB built-in – and it will be expandable up to 400GB – with a proper SD card, of course.
Both devices will have a nearly identical “Infinity Display” with curved edges on both sides on the devices – much like on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ from last year. The S9 will have a 5.8″ AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, while the S9+ will be a 6.2″ display with the same resolution as the S9.
As you may have already seen the images, both Galaxies will finally have a proper fingerprint placement – on the rear, in a centered position. We aren’t yet clear if Samsung has only improved it’s own Iris Scanner, or if it will opt-in for an iPhone X like FaceID technology – some rumors suggested that before.
In terms of other features, both phones will have Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Stereo Speakers, NFC/Samsung Pay and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The S9 will have a single 12MP camera with f/1.5 aperture while the S9+ will have the same camera, with an additional f/2.4 aperture sensor. The dual setup will likely stay the same as we have previously seen on the Note 8, though expect to see a lot of new improvements in the software segment – and perhaps a few new features too.
Also, the selfie shooter will most likely have a few other sensors (FaceID alike) and will have a built-in Animoji support.
The Galaxy S9 will have a 3000 mAh battery while the S9+ will have 3500 mAh. The endurance will likely be a lot better – thanks to the new software tweaks by Samsung and the better performing, power saving chipsets.
The Galaxy S9 will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue and Lilac Violet colours options, while the S9+ will get Coral Blue and Lilac Violet colours. (Market dependant)
We have also recently heard that the prices would be higher than last year. The Galaxy S8 launched at £690 in the UK. The base Galaxy S9 is expected to launch at £740 in the UK. Other region’s prices are currently unknown at this moment.
We have heard that Samsung would stick with their DeX docking station and would likely release a new, updated version along with their new 2019 flagship devices.
The new “Dex Pad” will launch alongside the new flagships and will be completely re-designed.
Image credits @evleaks
@evleaks has posted an image of the dock, confirming it’s new design and perhaps new functions, ports.
The renders shows off the ports available on the dock, including; a full size HDMI port, two full size USB ports and a USB-C port. It’s missing an Ethernet port, though we might not judge by this as Wi-Fi is pretty much acceptable and widely used everywhere – and the S9 will likely have the ‘currently-the-best’ one built-in too, so that’s fine from our end.
Not much else is known about the new DeX Pad other than the device will sit flat.