Samsung is set to launch the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at MWC next month. The South Korean company has sent out media invites for the event on February 25 and we now have our best yet at the upcoming flagships ahead of its official debut.
Noted tipster Evan Blass has posted what looks like the official renders of the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Blass has a proven track record of getting hold on Galaxy flagships even before they are officially announced. He had revealed the images of Galaxy S8 duo and Galaxy Note 8 ahead of their launch last year.
In his article for VentureBeat, Blass mostly reiterates the information that we have heard through multiple leaks in the past. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be iterative updates to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and will have minor design changes. The images show that Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ might have thinner chin than their predecessors, which could lead to even higher screen-to-body ratio.
The smartphones will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 mobile platform in the US and China while all other markets will get models powered by company’s own Exynos 9810 SoC. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will feature 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED displays with the larger model having better hardware than its smaller counterpart.
Finally, here are the rear component layouts: pic.twitter.com/r8GYVbzt44
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 26, 2018
Blass says Galaxy S9 will arrive with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage while Galaxy S9+ will have 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The difference is not only in memory department but also extends to the camera space. The report reiterates previous leaks suggesting only Samsung Galaxy S9+ will have dual rear camera setup.
With the Galaxy S9 series, Samsung is putting more focus on mobile photography as evident from its invite for the Unpacked event. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will have 12-megapixel primary rear camera with variable aperture that will mechanically adjust from f/1.5 in low-light scenario to f/2.4 in bright light conditions. People briefed on the hardware features have revealed that the cameras will be capable of shooting super slow-mo videos and 720p slow-motion videos at 480fps. The Galaxy S9+ will also have an additional 12-megapixel camera with fixed aperture at the back, which could be used as zoom lens like the Note 8.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are said to feature a standard 8-megapixel front camera. Like Huawei, Samsung is also planning to bring animated characters similar to Apple’s Animoji this year but it is not likely to use dedicated hardware like TrueDepth camera on iPhone X. Other hardware changes are expected to come in the form of stereo speakers mounted at the bottom and fingerprint sensor placed below the vertically placed camera module.
Blass had previously claimed that Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be available for preorder starting March 1 and will go on sale starting March 16. The press shots shared by Blass further confirm the March 16 retail date. It needs to be seen how much of an improvement does Samsung bring in terms of camera improvement and most importantly what happens to its Bixby assistant this year.