Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors
Heading into the autumn months, it is slowly time to start looking ahead to things scheduled to happen in 2018. Yes, that's a complicated way of saying 'here's what we expect of the Galaxy S9'. Now, obviously, development on the device is in full swing, so little is known and even less confirmed. However, a few tidbits of information are floating around the interwebs, so here's what we know about the device supposedly codenamed 'Star'.
Galaxy S9 specifications
As far as technical details go, we are expecting the Galaxy S9 to come with processors from both Qualcomm and Samsung's own semiconductor branch. US models should come with Snapdragon 845, and the global S9 will have a SoC based on Samsung's second-generation 10-nanometer process. It is not known yet what number Samsung will slap on their own Exynos brand.
Memory-wise, we're expecting Samsung to continue the line set by the Galaxy Note 8. In other words, we're expecting no less than 6GB of RAM in the Galaxy S9. And though it is not known, we do not expect Samsung to raise the base model's storage beyond 64GB.
Galaxy S9 design
As Samsung launched the impressive 'Infinity' look of the Galaxy S8, it was clear this is not just a one-off design gimmick. And indeed, the Note 8 is based on the same blueprint. Knowing Samsung, the next generation of devices will not change too much on this front. Therefore, the Galaxy S9 will once again come with the trusted dual-edge display, no home key, and a display that covers an impressively large part of the phone's front.
Unfortunately, at the moment it does not seem like the fingerprint sensor will make its way to the display. Although Samsung has taken a lot of slack for putting it on the back of the Galaxy S8, we actually still think it is a pretty convenient place. It takes some getting used to though. And as the iris scanner gets faster and better, there will be less need to use it anyway.
Galaxy S9 display
Concerning the display of the Galaxy S9 only one question matters. Will the device bring the long-awaited bump in resolution to a 4K UHD pixel count? This step is needed in order to develop not only the visual experience of Samsung's flagship phones but the Gear VR ecosystem as well. At this point in time, however, details have yet to emerge.
Galaxy S9 camera
Since the Galaxy Note 8 brought the biggest improvement to Samsung's camera game in two years, the Galaxy S9 will probably rock a comparable dual cam setup. In order to keep up with competition, Samsung might increase aperture, optical zoom or widen the angle of view, but that is just speculation on our part. However, we do expect more details to emerge before this year is over.
Galaxy S9 software
In 2017, the Galaxy S8 was released with the Samsung Experience UX, formerly known as TouchWiz, version 8.1. The Note 8 came out with versie 8.5, so it is not hard to spot the pattern. Or at least, it would not be a long shot to expect the Galaxy S9 to be released with SE 9.0. Needless to say, the S9 will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, just because this is how Samsung does these things.
As for specific features, there is not doubt the Galaxy S9 will have the same App Pair function seen on the Note 8. With App Pair, you can add shortcuts to the phone's edge display, that bring up not one, but two apps in multi-window mode.
It is, of course, likely Samsung will have more tricks up her sleeve for the Galaxy S9. However, more details will have to come to light in the coming months.
Galaxy S9 battery
The same applies to the Galaxy S9's battery. It will be interesting to see where Samsung takes the mobile battery game. The company has famously burned its fingers on the Note 7 in 2016, opting for a more conservative approach in 2017's flagship devices. Will we see the Galaxy S9 pushing capacity boundaries once again? Or do the Koreans now primarily seek longevity through further optimization of hard- and software? It will be the S9 providing the answer.
Galaxy S9 release
We may bring this Galaxy S9 rumor overview early, but we did not beat the first rumors about the phones' supposed earlier-than-usual release. Thus, a January launch could be in the books, followed by a launch soon after. Needless to say, we remain skeptical about any such rumors, as all Galaxy flagships have been preceded by fierce rumors about an early release.
Looking at actual Galaxy S release dates, however, we expect a launch late-February or early March. With a global release following sometime between mid-March and late-April.
Galaxy S9 could sport an in-house camera sensor that’s capable of shooting at 1,000 fps
Samsung is working on a camera sensor that's capable of shooting at one-thousand frames per second (fps) to rival the one on board the Sony…Read more
Galaxy S9 could sport a ‘full-screen’ design, reveals patent
It's been revealed that Samsung filed for a design patent with KIPRIS in May 2016 for a smartphone, which is believed to be the much-anticip…Read more
Galaxy S9 launch to reportedly take place as early as January
We have heard rumors of Samsung bringing its Galaxy S flagships to market ahead of its regular schedule quite a few times before, but those…Read more
Samsung secures first batch of Snapdragon 845 CPUs for the Galaxy S9
Samsung has reported reserved the first batch of Snapdragon 845 CPUs for the upcoming Galaxy S9. The octa-core processor, which was inadvert…Read more
Galaxy S9 rumored to feature a modular design
Many companies have tried to embrace modular design for their smartphones. They enable customers to enhance the functionality of their smart…Read more
Galaxy S9’s battery could be big thanks to Samsung’s decision to use SLP technology
Smartphones components have gotten amazingly compact in recent years, and devices like the Galaxy S8 are examples of the kind of high-perfor…Read more
Samsung’s rear fingerprint sensor will be back for a third round next year, says analyst
When will Samsung switch to an under-display (or in-screen) fingerprint sensor? Nobody knows, and the last we heard, Samsung was having trou…Read more
Galaxy S9 to sport the same Infinity Display as the Galaxy S8
The Galaxy S9 should sport the same shape screen as the Galaxy S8, according to The Bell, which also claims that the firm has already placed…Read more
Virtual Reality 5
Samsung’s next-generation Gear VR should have a super-high resolution display
According to industry insiders, Samsung's working on a standalone Gear VR that's equipped with an OLED display, which is believed to have an…Read more
Galaxy S9 reportedly codenamed ‘Star’ as development begins early
According to Korean publication The Bell, Samsung has chosen 'Star' as the codename for the Galaxy S9 (and 'Star 2' for the larger model). D…Read more
Virtual Reality 1
Exclusive: Samsung readying Kids Mode for the Gear VR
The Gear VR is the most popular sophisticated virtual reality headset in the world right now, and as per recent statistics, it sold more tha…Read more
Samsung and Qualcomm have reportedly started working on the Galaxy S9’s processor
It has only been a few days since the Galaxy S8 was released and a new report out of South Korea is now telling us that Samsung and Qualcomm…Read more