According to latest leaks, it appears we’re not very far from the unveiling of the next smartphone in the Galaxy S series. After revealed that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are codenamed Star 1 and Star 2, trusted leakster Evan Blass has reported that Samsung is working on unveiling the two phones at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, that is scheduled take place the coming January.
Project Star: Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960 – Star 1) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965 – Star 2). Definitely a "tock" year. More to come…
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) November 21, 2017
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) November 22, 2017
It’s unclear how much Samsung will reveal at the trade show, but from what Blass reports, the company would still be holding its traditional Galaxy Unpacked event in March, to officially launch the smartphones. As Blass writes in a VentureBeat report, “The two phones are said to be nearly identical in appearance to their predecessors — to borrow a term, this will clearly be a ‘tock’ model year.” Essentially implying that there won’t be any major changes or additions to the line next year.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, carrying the model number SM-G960 and SM-G965 respectively, are expected to feature the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved-edge Super AMOLED “Infinity” displays, as their predecessors. Powering the device will apparently be the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, built on 10-nanometer fabrication techniques.
However, while the two smartphone will look like their predecessors, they will be changing the tradition a little bit. Unlike the Galaxy S8 duo, which different only on the basis of screen size and RAM, in case of the Galaxy S9 duo, one smartphones will be equipped with more features in the other.
Reportedly, the the Galaxy S9+ will offer more RAM (6GB vs 4GB) and a second rear camera, similar to the Note 8. Both models will come with 64GB of internal storage, supplemented by a microSD slot. Also, the 3.5-mm headphone jack is believed to be retained.
Further, the report suggests that despite the fact that the camera configuration on the two smartphone will differ, the placement of the camera will be the same on the two, with that sitting above the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phones. This should make the fingerprint sensor easier to reach than it was on any of the 2017 Galaxy phones.
Additionally, Samsung is also expected to add AKG stereo speakers to the next year’s Galaxy smartphones. A new DeX docking station is reportedly in the works as well, allowing the phone to serve as a touchpad or virtual keyboard.