It’s around that time of the year when Samsung puts its finishing touches on its flagship S series smartphone, the Galaxy S9. So far, due to the company testing at various commissions before it can be used commercially, we can get a glimpse of what is to come from the Next Big Thing.
All of the following are rumors and should be treated with a grain of salt. All leaks are thanks to Android Authority, BGR.com and Evan Blass as well as Reddit user minhvn.
Since the launch of the S6, Samsung has released two models of the S series, one small and one large. For the S6 and S7, there were larger Edge variants and for the S8, there was a Plus variant since the Edges has become the norm. For the S9, the same is true but this time, there are some more features that will be exclusive to the Plus variant, unlike the S8 Plus. Some of these differences are discussed below. As is norm, the major carriers in the US will have its own variant, using different sensors for better compatibility with their respective network.
The S9 and S9 Plus will both have a significant camera upgrades from last year. Reports are, according to a Reddit user minhvn, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will have camera lenses that use variable aperture, adjusting to 1.5 aperture in ideal lighting and 2.4 aperture for dark lighting to non-ideal lighting. Additionally, it is expected that the S9 Plus will have dual rear cameras, with the regular sized S9 sticking to a single rear camera. Additionally, the camera is allegedly expected to capture 4K videos at 120fps.
The Galaxy S9 will receive a minor tweak in the design from the S8/S8 Plus. The front of the phone is expected to be identical except for the bottom bezel being thinner. The back receives a much needed improvement, with the dual camera on the Plus variant, as well as a more centered fingerprint scanner on the rear, just below the camera and heartrate sensor.
The S9/S9 Plus is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 845 in the US and China and the Exynos 9810 in all other countries. Both processors are based on a 2nd generation 10mm manufacturing process and expected to deliver between 20-30% more power than the previous generation. Interestingly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is not capable of 4K resolution at 120fps while the Exynos 9810 is expected to be capable of such. Due to network compatibility, its not likely that the Exynos variants will be sold to the US/China market so it will be interesting what Samsung does to rectify this.
Other Notable leaks
The S9/S9 Plus will be packaged with EKG earphones, since Samsung acquired the company last year. Also, it will feature stereo speakers, a first in Galaxy phones. It will feature an improved iris scanner and facial recognition.