Samsung Galaxy S9 And Galaxy S9+ Rumor Roundup: Snapdragon 845, Y-Octa Displays, Camera Upgrades And More Make It To The Top Rumored Features
Samsung will launch the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on February 25th. This year, the Korean tech giant will take it slow, focusing on less eye catching features instead. Samsung's approach with last year's flagship smartphones is nothing short of stellar. It finally stands on its own two feet, even when compared against Apple. Now, after leading the pack with edge to edge display, Samsung looks forward to cooling down. If you're wondering how, we've collected all the important details for this year's flagship smartphones from Seoul. So head over below.
Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Will Feature Snapdragon 845, 4/6GB RAM, New Position For Rear Fingerprint Sensor, Same Battery Capacity As Predecessors And Key Camera Upgrades
The rumor mill is actively sharing details for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ since November 2016. Apple made a big change last year, when it chose to completely remove fingerprint recognition from its tenth anniversary iPhone. The move blended in perfect with an industry wide shift to 18:9 displays, as manufacturers finally matured their forms enough to remove bezels.
Samsung led this change, along with LG and will build the Galaxy S lineup's fantastic form even further. This year's Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will improve form, their build and design from last year. These include a more compact outer shell, 90% display to body percentage and a new position for the fingerprint sensor.
Samsung will continue its trend of two different processors on the Galaxy S lineup this year. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will feature both Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 and Samsung's Exynos 9810. These two, will follow previous performance trends. Several alleged benchmarks for the processors, in tandem with Samsung's upcoming smartphones have surfaced over the rumor mill. These, show strong GPU and compute performance improvement for the chips, respectively.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will increase RAM count over their predecessors. When compared against other features, such as photography, details for memory are scarce. The ones which do exist paint a dismal picture. They suggest that the smaller Galaxy S9 will feature 4GB, while the larger Galaxy S9+ will feature 6GB of RAM. However, we expect that both the devices will feature at least 6GB - any amount less will limit performance for both the Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810. An alleged retail box leak suggests 4GB for the S9, so the verdict is still out.
While sources conflict on RAM, details are more to the point for internal storage. It's suggested that the Galaxy S9 will feature 128GB for maximum storage. The Galaxy S9+ on the other hand will enable users to purchase up to 256GB - adequate even for the most avid camera users. Of course, if Samsung manages to equip the larger Galaxy with its 512BGB eUFS chips, expect jitters all around the smartphone world.
Finally, battery capacity will not increase this year. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will feature 3000mAh and 3500mAh battery packs - respectively. The big upgrades on the pair are reserved for photography, as both Samsung and TSMC expect processor production to mature towards 7nm next year.
Design & Aesthetics:
The big changes on Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will relate to their design and photography. Samsung will refine the form factor it introduced on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.A big leak which surfaced on the 6th of this month suggests a more 'squarish' form factor for the smartphones. Both the S9 and S9+ will decrease in height and increase in width. They will also increase thickness, as the Galaxy S9 will measure 8.4mm, up from the Galaxy S8's 8mm. The larger Galaxy S9+ will measure 8.5mm, for a similar net increase.
Display will follow a 18:9 aspect ratio, but Samsung will shave off the top and bottom bezels, to ensure maximum front surface area for it. This will amount up to 90%, making for top tier viewing experience. The back of both the S9 and S9+ is of glass, since they will retain wireless charging. However, Samsung will not upgrade quick charge times on them, with similar hardware for it this year. Diagonals for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will measure 5.8" and 6.2" respectively.
Finally, users will also get a 3.5mm earphone jack, and amazing front speakers. In fact, the S9 pair will stand out in audio, according to several sources.The device will also adopt SLP boards, increasing their manufacturing cost for performance improvements. To conclude, it's unsettling that some sources expect 4GB RAM on the Galaxy S9. This amount is insufficient for the device to completely stretch out its hardware wings. So fingers crossed.
Photography - Back and Front:
The big upgrades on both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ this year, will relate to photography and camera. Samsung will finally grace the lineup with a dual camera setup, after choosing the Galaxy Note8 to debut the feature. In addition, a big pile of rumors also mentions variable aperture for the rear cameras, for the Galaxy S9. However, out of these, only one claims that both the S9 and S9+ will debut it.
Camera resolution is rumored around 12MP for the Galaxy S9, however, rumors of 20MP do contradict this regularly. Dual Aperture will carry the bulk of upgrades in photography, but is not the only serious improvement. Far fetched rumors also claim that both the S9 and S9+ will record FHD video at 480fps. Finally, a 3 stack camera sensor for both the rear cameras will add as the final cherry on top.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will also support Iris scanning, as Samsung looks to compete with Apple's impressive True Depth setup. The most relevant information over the past four months suggests that resolution for both Iris scanners will increase by 1MP to 3MP. The setup might imitate Apple's True Depth solution on the Galaxy S9+. The device will feature separate front camera and iris sensors. In comparison, the S9 will utilize one sensor for both capabilities.
A final leak also claims that dynamic range will improve by miles this year. You can take a look at the alleged camera samples above. All in all, camera features are overdue for serious attention on the Galaxy S lineup, especially after Samsung skipped dual camera setups on both of the S8s. The critical resolution upgrade for the iris scanner stands to boost mobile payments - which forms an important chunk of usage internationally.
Display And Miscellaneous:
Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature different displays; the larger device features a film-touch display, while the smaller features an advanced Y-Octa panel. Samsung debuted the feature on its Note7, but it failed to catch traction for obvious reasons. It skipped the displays on the Note7's successor, and built up production capacity instead. So there's a reasonable change that while aspect ratio on the Galaxy S9 lineup stays the same, display technology will improve.
Resolution on this upgraded panel is QHD, with rounded corners. Aesthetically, it will ensure that Samsung's 2018 flagships stand out of the pack. Overall, both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will pack a solid punch, along a price increase. This year will once again mark well-rounded flagships, which focus on the complete feature mix. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We'll keep you updated on the latest.
Stay in the loop
GET A DAILY DIGEST OF LATEST TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Straight to your inbox
Subscribe to our newsletter