Travel Gadgets: 6 Things You Can Expect from the Samsung Galaxy S9
Guest post by Reymart Sarigumba
For Samsung, there’s no rest for success; they didn’t bog down easily after the Note 7 fiasco nor did they rest on the Galaxy S8’s incredible success. They continue to set the bar higher for their upcoming release – the Galaxy S9. The Galaxy S8’s successor is said to give its first glimpse in the US’ biggest annual trade show – the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, but there’s no mention of it during Samsung’s presentation at the tech event in Las Vegas. However, according to zdnet.com, it’s official that we’ll about to see the Galaxy S9 in February at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain.
Now, that the rumors begin to pour in for the Galaxy S9, here are some juicy tidbits about this much-awaited Samsung smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Cost
Now that we know the “when” and the “where” of the Samsung Galaxy S9’s debut, the next thing fans, and smartphone aficionados want to find out is its price. Although there has been no confirmation yet as to how much it will cost, you might observe that the prices for flagship smartphones have been moving upward over the past year, so expect the S9 to be at least a bit more expensive than its previous iteration.
According to many reports, the Galaxy S9’s appearance will probably resemble the Galaxy S8. This is because its predecessors like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6 were both similar design-wise with only minor tweaks. This alleged Galaxy S9 render from Twitter unveils a fingerprint sensor on the back with a camera lens arranged vertically, sporting a couple of sensors such as a flash unit. Its front façade displays bezels which look similar in size to the S8. There’s also a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port situated on the bottom of the device.
Another render posted on Twitter by a Chinese leaker called Ice Universe revealed that the Galaxy S9’s front panel will look nearly similar to the Galaxy S8. There will also be new color options according to SamMobile like purple, aside from the black, gold, and blue variants from the previous iteration.
The Galaxy S8’s edgeless curved display already sports slim bezels, and these might shrink a bit more on the S9. As for the screen aspect ratio, the device may retain the 18:5:9 ratio and screen resolution, however, this may still change depending on the size of the bezels. While the S9 will probably come with the same form as its predecessors, it’s not yet conclusive whether it will sport a rounder display or a square-shaped screen similar to the Note 8.
While nothing is official yet, the Galaxy S9 is speculated to have a single camera on the back while its Plus variant will sport a dual-camera setup just like the Note 8. The primary camera on both variants will reportedly offer a super wide aperture of f/1.5, which no other smartphone company has managed to create. Meanwhile, the S9’s front-facing camera is rumored to have an aperture of f/2.4.
In terms of processing power, the Galaxy S line series phones are amongst the most powerful devices on the market, so it is expected that the S9 will go down that path. Much like the Galaxy S8 series, the S9 will probably have two different chipsets – international models will likely feature the latest Exynos 9 Series 9810, while the U.S models will have run the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip. Speaking of which, this latest chip from Qualcomm will be first integrated into the S9 according to this report, protecting Samsung’s position from the competition.
When it comes to storage, the Galaxy S9 will reportedly have a storage capacity eight times the size of its previous iterations. This is based on the announcement from Samsung on December 2017, stating that it began producing its first 512-GB Universal Flash Storage for future mobile devices. However, this report didn’t confirm whether the Galaxy S9 would have the chipset, but industry experts are hopeful it will make its first appearance in Samsung’s latest flagship device.
Another Galaxy S9 feature that remains a mystery is its software innovations. However, there are some hints as to what to expect on the device from this press release issued by Samsung. Although the press release mainly discusses the things that the Exynos 9 Series 9810 chip could offer, it also suggests that its future flagship devices will have an Animoji and improved facial unlocking features.
When it comes to whether the Galaxy S9 will launch with the latest Android Oreo 8.1, unfortunately, this will not be possible according to XDA Developers. Their report states that the S9 will launch with the Android Oreo 8.0, which isn’t bad since it’s still a new state-of-the-art operating software.
Since its release and up to this day, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is still considered as one of the best smartphones. If all of the rumors above about the S9’s specs and features turn out to be true, then it will definitely dethrone its rank.
This article is written by Reymart Sarigumba. Reymart is currently a tech content writer for iPrice Group.