Samsung is expected to release the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus in the run-up to MWC 2018 on February 25th. As is the case with most flagship smartphones, specs and renders of the duo has been plastered all over the internet lately. In this article, we will lay out everything you need to know about the two handset, so do read on.
Not Much Of A Change In Design
The image of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus above suggests that there will not be a major design overhaul of the duo. The front of the two phones sport similar designs as last year Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. In terms of screen size, the Galaxy S9 will feature a 5.8-inch QHD+ Infinity Display similar to the Galaxy S8. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S9 Plus will sport a 6.2-inch display of the Galaxy S8 Plus. Also, the curved display with minimal bezels will be a feature on both handsets as expected.
Specification of the S9 Series
As for the internals, the Galaxy S9 will also feature similar hardware to its predecessor, save for the processor. The device is expected to pack 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The bigger Galaxy S9 Plus will pack more memory, with 6GB of RAM coupled with 128GB of internal storage. Being 2018 flagships, both handsets will run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC and Samsung’s Exynos 9810 processor. The type of processor that powers the duo is based on region, and the United States usually receives the Snapdragon variant.
A Focus On Photography
Samsung is reportedly placing a large focus on the photography front of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. Being the smaller of the two, the Galaxy S9 will sport a single 12-megapixel shooter on its rear, and will feature a variable aperture. On the other hand, the Galaxy S9 Plus, will pack a dual-camera setup, with an aperture ranging from f/2.4 to f/1.5. In addition, a “super slow-mo” feature will debut on the duo, though the resolution will be fixed at 720p. Selfies will be handled by an 8-megapixel camera found on the front. Unlike previous Samsung flagships, the Galaxy S9 lineup will come with two stereo speakers on the bottom. The position of the fingerprint scanner of the duo will be situated just below the rear camera, making for an easier reach.
Update, 9th February : New Colors for the S9 & S9+
The infamous Evan Blass, who is known for his amazing leaks posted some of the renders on the colors of the S9. We all know that there will be a Black S9 for sure. With the S8 and the S8+, we had wide array of colors. Evan Blass posted two different color – Coral Blue and Lilac Purple.
From what it looks like, Orchid Grey is no more and most probably the Lilac Purple will be the replacement for the Orchid Grey. The Coral Blue on the other hand, is a color that we’ve seen ever since the S7 edge and it’s coming back with the S9 and S9 + as well.
Update 2, 9th February: New Samsung DeX Pad, which is Backwards Compatible
The Samsung DeX dock we saw last year might get replaced with this new DeX Pad, which now docks in a flat manner. It also has 4 I/Os on the front. We see there’s 2 USB-A, 1 HDMI and 1 USB-C. This time it’s a lot more functional and it isn’t the greatest looking thing. According to Evan Blass, it’s designed in a lay flat way so that the phone can also serve as a PC Touchpad and Keyboard to make the experience better. It’s also backwards compatible, which means it should work with S8 and the Note8 devices.
Update 3, 20th February: New Colors and Final Press Renders
In a recent leak, Evan Blass, showed another color that’s not part of the first three colors which we updated earlier. From this leak, we might be seeing a Titanium Gray variant of the S9 and S9 Plus which looks super sexy. We are not sure whether this color will be available in all of the market, but now we know this color is happening.
We now also see interesting final renders of the Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ which will be used for the upcoming Samsung Unpacked that will be taking place at Mobile World Congress 2018.
Release, Availability And Price
The handsets will be launched on February 25th in Barcelona and will likely be available for pre-order on March 1st. It will be retailed on March 16th in key markets, and the price of both devices is expected to slightly higher than their predecessors. Be sure to check back on this post, as we will update it when new leaks surface. Be sure to like our Facebook as we keep you posted with interesting articles about tech.