At a press conference by Samsung at CES 2018, the company’s Mobile Communications Business President DJ Koh has finally broken the news we had all been looking forward to. Koh confirmed that Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will in fact be launched at the Mobile World Congress 2018, which will be held in February.
While that was the extent of what was revealed by Koh, we have come across numerous leaks about the smartphones, one of which had also hinted at an MWC launch. Most recently we learnt in these leaks that along with a 64GB, 128GB and 256GB variant of the Galaxy S9+, the device may also be launched in a humongous 512GB storage variant in select markets.
This may not be the case for the smaller Galaxy S9, which is believed to be coming in two variants – 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model, and a 4GB RAM and 128GB storage one.
From what we have known so far, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ will be incremental upgrades to last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ when it comes to design. Which means, the bezel-less Infinity display with an 18:9 aspect ratio will return. However, while that remains the same, the leaked render images show that the fingerprint scanner may be repositioned on the Galaxy S9 duo. Instead of the fingerprint scanner placed next to the camera, in the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ it will reportedly be placed below it.
Recently, Samsung also unveiled the Exynos 9810 SoC that will be powering the Galaxy S9 duo, and has detailed some of its features. Built on the 10nm process, the Exynos 9810 will be an octa-core SoC with maximum clock speed of 2.9GHz. Samsung claims that the single-core performance is twice as fast as the Exynos 8895 SoC that powered the Galaxy S8 duo and the Galaxy Note 8. Multi-core performance has also been boosted by 40 percent, the company said. The chipset will come with onboard AI, and support 3D facial recognition for biometric authentication to take on Apple iPhone X’s Face ID feature.
In the photography department, sadly, the Galaxy S9 is expected to come with a single rear camera, whereas the ‘plus’ variant is expected to come with dual-camera setup with Live Focus for DSLR-like bokeh effects for your photos.
Other features such as a heart-rate sensor besides the camera module, wireless fast charging, water and dust resistance and USB Type C-port are expected on the Galaxy S9 duo. And while Google, HTC and Apple have done away with the 3.5mm audio socket, the new Galaxy smartphones are likely to retain it. In the software department, both smartphones are likely to run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.