THE GALAXY S9 is just a month away from becoming official, with Samsung confirming that its 2018 flagship will see a launch at MWC in February.
It’s unlikely the impending unveiling will have many surprises in store, though, as we already know a hell of a lot about the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, courtesy of the online rumour mill.
We’ve rounded up everything we know about the handset so far below.
– 5.8in / 6.2in QHD+ Super AMOLED curved display (570ppi / 529ppi)
– Android 8.0
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (US) / Samsung Exynos 9810 (UK)
– 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM / 6GB RAM
– 64GB/128GB / 64GB/128GB/256GB storage
– Cat 18 LTE support (1.2Gbps download speeds)
– Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
– 12MP Dual Pixel camera with OIS (f/1.5, f/2.4) / Vertical dual rear-facing camera, 8MP front-facing camera
– Bixby AI assistant with dedicated button
– USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
– Stero speakers
– Wireless charging support
– IP68 water and dust resistance
– Built-in FM radio
– Updated DeX docking station
30/1/18: A report out of Korea has outed Galaxy S9 pricing details for the first time. If legit, the S9 will fetch the Galaxy S9 will cost KRW950,000 ($875, £620), while the Plus-sized variant will arrive slapped with a KRW990,000 ($920, £655) price-tag.
However, given last year’s Galaxy S8 was priced at KRW935000, cheaper than both the S9 and S9+, it’s unlikely Brits will see such a good deal, with Samsung’s flagship duo likely to fetch above the £700 mark.
The same report from ET News claims that pre-orders will begin on 2 March, in South Korea at least, with shipping to begin on 8 March.
29/1/18: The Galaxy S9 and S9+ have leaked in full just weeks ahead of their official unveiling. The mega-leak, courtesy of VentureBeat‘s Evan Blass, gives us our first proper look at the flagship duo (above) and reveals almost all there is to know about the handsets.
The report reveals that while “neither will be significant departures from their predecessors”, the both will ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU in the US and China, and Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 SoC in the UK. This will be paired with a choice of 4GB or 6GB RAM on the S9, while the S9+ will ship with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage as standard.
Confirming Samsung’s ‘reimagined’ camera, VentureBeat writes that both handsets will feature ‘variable aperture’ on their primary 12MP camera, which switches between f/2.4 and f/1.5 and allows for super slow-mo video capture. The S9+ will pack a dual camera setup comprising of a second 12MP fixed-aperture lens, and both will sport an 8MP camera around the front.
A separate leak, via SamCentral, also reveals that the S9 and S9+ will feature something called ‘IntelligentScan’, which combines face and iris scanning to improve accuracy and security even in low or very bright light.