Days before the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, every bit of detail around the flagship smartphones, including their approximate pricing has been leaked. The latest to add to the list are what appear to be the official images of the smartphones in full glory.
Acquired by German website WinFuture, the images highlight all the specifications and features we have already known through multiple leaks and revelations. To begin with, the dual-camera setup on the Galaxy S9+ is shown in the images. The brand new color option of Lilac Purple is also shown in one of the images. Other features stressed in these images include the ‘bit deeper’ display on the new Galaxy S9 lineup, along with the presence of stereo speakers from AKG, and a repositioned fingerprint sensor.
Based on the latest reveal, the Galaxy S9 will pack a 5.8-inch SuperAMOLED Infinity Display with Quad HD+ resolution, and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The Galaxy S9+ will pack a 6.2-inch display with same aspect ratio and technology. Under the hood, the Galaxy S9 duo will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or its equivalent Exynos 9810 SoC with 4GB of RAM for the base model and 6GB of RAM for the Galaxy S9+. Default storage will be 64GB with the option of expansion via microSD card.
Camera receives a renewed focus on the new smartphones. While the Galaxy S9 gets a regular 12-megapixel sensor at the back, it differentiates with the use of a variable aperture that can adjust between f/1.5 and f/2.4 based on the light conditions. The Galaxy S9+, on the other hand, will be the first in its series to boast a dual-camera setup. It includes a pair of 12-megapixel+12-megapixel sensors out of which one has a variable aperture while the other has a fixed aperture. Up front, both models include 8-megapixel f/1.7 sensor for selfies. As the report indicates, the cameras are capable of not only great low-light photography, but also attain slow-motion video recording capability of up to 960fps.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are said to include an iris scanner, which comes combined with face recognition to deliver Apple iPhone X-like biometric authentication. Samsung is reportedly also planning to offer an iPhone X-like Animoji feature where the system using facial mapping to reproduce animated emoji. As for power, the Galaxy S9 is expected to include 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S9+ will include at least 3,500mAh battery. The phones are said to come with wireless charging support. On the software front, the Galaxy S9 duo are likely to run the Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung’s own Experience 9.0 UI. The smartphones will further come with IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, thereby allowing them to survive up to 30 minutes at depths of up to 1.5 meters.
Meanwhile, Samsung has officially unveiled a new ringtone for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. Titled “Over the Horizon”, the ringtone has been the default option for Galaxy smartphones since 2011. Last year, the ringtone was revised for a more jazzy and youthful touch. In its 2018 version, the ringtone gets treated by Icelandic composer Petur Jonsson who is shown performing the tune on a piano in the official video. Samsung says the new sound will be soothing, and have the power to relax the mind, as opposed to how people usually feel when a phone rings, GSMArena reports.
Samsung will unveil the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at the upcoming MWC 2018, which kick starts on February 26, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain. The company is expected to start accepting pre-orders a day prior to the tech show. Shipping is expected to begin March 8, 2018.