Galaxy S9 features we can look forward to next year

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We recently reported that the Galaxy S9 firmware development has begun. Our report mentioned that there will be two models – the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ – and that they’re likely to be launched early next year. Samsung fans will be wondering what Galaxy S9 features might be introduced by the company in 2018. Let’s go through some possibilities.

It goes without saying that this is an opinion piece on what the Galaxy S9 may or may not have. It’s speculative. What you read here is just meant to give you an idea of what Samsung might introduce with the Galaxy S9. Whether or not it does that is another matter altogether.

Galaxy S9 features to look forward to

As far as the handset is concerned, it’s possible that the new flagships might retain the 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch display sizes of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ respectively. Since both existing models feature a dual-edge curved Infinity Display, we will surely see a return of the Infinity Display with the Galaxy S9.

Will the Galaxy S9 finally mark the beginning of the 4K era for Samsung’s mobile displays? Samsung has long been rumored to be considering a jump to 4K resolution for its mobile displays. However, there are several concerns that need to be addressed before such a decision can be made, power efficiency being one of them.

Whether or not Samsung will address the issue of the fingerprint sensor placement remains to be seen. Quite a few of its fans believe that the fingerprint sensor is not ideally placed at the back. They have repeated this concern with the Galaxy Note 8 as well.

There have been rumors that Samsung might integrate the fingerprint sensor into the display itself. This was rumored for the Galaxy S8 as well. Perhaps the optical fingerprint recognition technology will be ready in time for the Galaxy S9

The same metal and glass build that lends a premium look and feel to the Galaxy S8 will likely be adopted for next year’s flagship handset as well. Expect IP68 water and dust resistance as well as improved Gorilla Glass protection.

These are the basics. You’d expect this from a new iteration of a flagship smartphone. Samsung might end up surprising us with some changes that have long been rumored for some of its previous devices. Will the company finally ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack with the Galaxy S9?

Many of its rivals have already jumped on this bandwagon and Samsung is expected to hop onboard at some point in the future. This remains a possibility for the Galaxy S9 until there’s more clarity on the matter.

One of the most highly anticipated of Galaxy S9 features will be the dual camera system. Samsung introduced its dual camera system with the Galaxy Note 8 last month. It’s the first Samsung smartphone with two cameras at the back. We will likely see the Galaxy S9 sport a dual camera as well.

It was rumored countless times that the Galaxy S8 would have a dual camera system. That didn’t happen, though. We did see images of a Galaxy S8+ prototype with a dual camera so Samsung did toy with the idea but decided against it at the end. Therefore, it’s quite likely that the Galaxy S9 will get a dual camera.

The dual camera will likely be one of the biggest selling points of this handset. It remains to be seen, though, if the Galaxy S9 gets the same 2 x 12-megapixel dual pixel AF camera – f/2.4 telephoto lens, f/1.7 wide-angle lens dual camera system as the Galaxy Note 8 or if Samsung opts for a new setup.

There are likely going to be quite a few Galaxy S9 features baked into the software. The handset is going to be powered by Android 8.0 Oreo when it arrives. The new software features might also include improvements for Bixby.

We may get to see Bixby playing nicely with additional third-party apps. Samsung might have taken steps by then to further expand Bixby’s ecosystem so that it’s capable of doing more than it can do right now.

We can also look forward to the Galaxy S9 touting the latest in mobile silicon paired with a greater amount of RAM, faster internal storage, and possibly a bigger battery. The 3,000 and 3,500mAh batteries in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are good enough but there’s always room for improvement. Fans will certainly appreciate if Samsung bumps up the battery capacity on its next flagship pair.

As for how much customers might have to pay for the Galaxy S9, it certainly won’t be cheap. The Galaxy Note 8 has firmly pushed flagship pricing for Samsung north of $1,000. The Galaxy S8 models are barely under $1,000 as well. So keep that in mind as the expected price range for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9+.

Evolutionary or Revolutionary?

The Galaxy S8 was quite a big improvement over the Galaxy S7. Does the Galaxy S9 have the potential of being the same over the Galaxy S8? It’s unlikely, given the way things work in the mobile industry.

Unless there’s more information to suggest otherwise, it’s quite likely that the Galaxy S9 is going to be an evolutionary upgrade. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. That certainly doesn’t mean that the Galaxy S9 won’t be worth every penny. What that means is that the new flagship may not raise the bar as high as the Galaxy S8 did for the competition.

It’s still early days, though. There will be countless reports and rumors in the coming days bringing us information about expected Galaxy S9 features and improvements. We’ll also get to see leaked renders of the new flagships, though they may not always be accurate.

Keep in mind that nothing is set in stone as yet so the expectations could very well change in the future. That’s just how it is these days in the run-up to a major flagship launch.

What Galaxy S9 features are you looking forward to the most? Strike up a conversation with us by leaving a comment down below.

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Tondern
8 days 16 hours ago
Tondern
The Nougat upgrade on my S6 Edge+ has been good, that’s why I didn’t feel the need to upgrade this year. Also other manufacturers don’t make any phones I’m willing to spend money on, even if I keep telling myself I want to try another brand. Battery life is still excellent and I really want 6gb of RAM in my next phone I hope the S9 delivers just that. People keep saying 6 gigs are useless but you can clearly see on all multitasking tests the S8+ with 6 gigs and Note 8 are absolutely superior in their multitasking perfomance.… Read more »
chippyuk
11 days 12 hours ago
chippyuk
I actually got use to the rear fingerprint reader within seconds of using the S8+ more recently the Note 8. I do not have huge hands and have never found it it an issue unlocking the phone, never! In all honesty I think I actually prefer it as you can hold the phone lower down in the hand with thumb close to or on the power button, this allows me to move around pretty much the whole screen with my thumb. To me personally it makes more sense with phones of this size when navigating around only to reposition when… Read more »
maccyb
13 days 1 hour ago
maccyb
4K resolution is unlikely as the screen on S8/Note8 is in reality 3k now, as can be easily noticed using Gear VR. Base 128gb storage could be good but with sd card expansion, it’s not so important. Bigger battery maybe, coupled with the excellent efficiency they’re getting would be a good idea. Stereo speakers for some people would be good.. I only use earphones and good quality Bluetooth speakers, so it doesn’t bother me,, but some do want it. On the camera a killer big 1.5 aperture on the main camera and 12mp on the selfie camera would be nice.… Read more »
WP00
13 days 6 hours ago
WP00

To those wishing for the in-display fingerprint, I’ve been told by my sources that it’s unlikely to happen, and we will likely see the high rear scanner for one more generation before in-display happens with the Note 9, at the earliest, S10 at the latest.

14 days 9 hours ago
Ron Josiah

I hope to see a completely bezel-less design with NO notch at the top and 6GB of RAM for better multitasking.

redzuanaqw
14 days 10 hours ago
redzuanaqw

I hope S9 will have:
1. Bigger battery (3500mah for S9 4000mah for S9+)
2. OIS on front camera
3. Fast charge 3.0 or better
4. Better speaker quality
5. Fingerprint on screen
6. 128GB ROM

gtone339
14 days 11 hours ago
gtone339

S7 = incremental upgrade over the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S9 will be just the same as the S8 but with performance & hardware improvements.

whqhdrbs
14 days 15 hours ago
whqhdrbs

I think it will be rather perfection of s8…1. Samsung invented a way to put 3 different sensors in a single lense so it could have just 1 lense on the front 2. display with even better color 3. bixby more languages and compatible with IOT 4. better cam 5. longer battery life 6. FP reader on the display…..

Jubanif
14 days 15 hours ago
Jubanif

SAMSUNG …👏👏👏👏

billywongwashere
14 days 15 hours ago
billywongwashere

Evolution in and out. It will be like the s7 to the s6. Good refinement to make a great phone.

Predictions are 1440+ screen, 6gb ram, dual camera module from note 8 with SW update, smaller bezzil on top and bottom, still a single speaker on the bottom, 64 GB ram, similar shape but overall package could be up to 5mm shorter, slightly bigger battery if they can use new tech to make the internal smaller.

Tbh if they do that I will upgrade from my s8 😉

14 days 17 hours ago
avinash_jha

Even thinner top and bottom bezel, dual camera. But mostly in screen fingerprint reader. That would cement Samsung’s position as technology master above Apple (it’s already has the lead). Ohh And iris scanner enhanced to work even in direct sunlight.

o0MHJ0o
14 days 21 hours ago
o0MHJ0o

Dual Stereo AKG tuned Speakers, dual camera, 6-8GB RAM, 64GB storage, 3300mAh and 3700mAh batteries
higher quality Slow motion photography and 4K at 60fps
better HDR support
better AR support
headphone jack and PLEASE! FASTER wired charging Quick Charge 2.0 is so slow now. considering other OEMs are on QC 4.0
Display and design is beautiful, just a RED colour is needed – it wont change just after one year.
better face recoginition/better iris scanning
FPS built into the display

and that’s my wishlist for the S9s – wouldn’t hurt to have Bluetooth 5.0 headset released for the device too

Shenoysiddhant
14 days 18 hours ago
Shenoysiddhant

Totally agree with you

allargon
14 days 21 hours ago
allargon

Will they skip the S9 and go with the S10 to match Apple’s numbers? I hope not.

krym73
7 days 18 hours ago
krym73

most likely for marketing reason they will. You would be surprised how many ppl would believe the Note series was inferior to the S just because of the number. Im pretty sure that’s why apple didnt call the 8,7s(which is what it actually should be called).

Ogishi
14 days 22 hours ago
Ogishi

Evolutionary outside, revolutionary inside.

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