The Mobile World Congress (MWC 2018) is still more than a month away, but one of the biggest highlights – Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup – is already doing frequent rounds of the rumor mill. The smartphones are already gaining attention for the mysterious variable camera aperture, and the newer Snapdragon 845 SoC running under the hood.
Adding to the list, the Galaxy S9 and its larger variant Galaxy S9+ have been leaked on Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL), revealing details about their battery capacities. Based on the listing, the Galaxy S9 will be equipped with a 3,000mAh battery while the Galaxy S9+ will draw its juice from a 3,500mAh battery.
If the certification is to be believed, the smartphones will be equipped with same battery capacities as the Galaxy S8 lineup from last year. The nominal voltage is also the same (3.85V), which means both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will have 11.55Wh and 13.48Wh in their respective batteries, GSMArena reports.
The certification matches the recent FCC listing where the phones are mentioned with their model numbers ‘G960’ and ‘G965’. The FCC lists two new Samsung smartphones with model numbers SM-G960U (Galaxy S9)and SM-965U (Galaxy S9+), which fall in line last year’s Galaxy S8 (model number SM-G950U) and Galaxy S8+ smartphones (SM-G955U).
The US variants of both the versions have appeared on the website with their respective model numbers. The listing indicates that the models will support most cellular bands in the US at the time of launch. As is the tradition, the models launched in the US market will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC while those released in other regions such as India, will feature its Exynos counterpart.
The upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphones are expected to receive subtle improvements under the hood, without much of a change on the surface-level. To begin with, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are likely to be equipped with the same quad HD+ Infinity Displays with 18:9 aspect ratio as their predecessors. However, the bottom bezels are expected to be narrow this time around. With Snapdragon 845 SoC at the heart, the base models are likely to receive 4GB of RAM, with one high-end Galaxy S9+ model pairing it with as much as 512GB of internal storage.
As for the camera, the Galaxy S9 is rumored to pack a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a variable aperture, which will be able to switch from f/1.5 to f/2.4 based on subject. It will further support slow-motion recording. Up front, there could be an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera.