The Samsung Galaxy S series has become one of the most popular line of Android devices in recent years. The S8 and S8+ brought with it a totally new design language with the now signature dual curved Infinity Display. That said, this year, it comes as no surprise that the company’s next flagship is among the most anticipated around the world.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 looks like it will carry a lot of the same design queues from the S8 including the Bixby button. However, the insides of the device will be updated and it is rumoured that Samsung will be upping its game when it comes to the camera. It also looks like Samsung will be changing up how they differentiate the S9 and S9+.
Galaxy S9: Reimagining the Smartphone Camera?
Well, you can’t say rumoured when Samsung sends a teaser with a gigantic 9 and the tagline “The Camera. Reimagined.”. So, let’s start with the camera. The biggest change in the camera will be the inclusion of a variable aperture sensor in the Galaxy S9. What this means is that the camera sensor will have the ability to change the width of the sensor opening allowing more or less light in as needed. According to the rumours, the sensor will have two fixed apertures at f/2.4 and f/1.5 and will have optical image stabilisation.
The biggest difference between the S9 and the S9+ will possibly be the camera. The S9 will be sporting a single 12-megapixel sensor with the said variable aperture; while it’s larger sibling will be sporting a dual camera set up with an additional 12-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/2.4. The S9+ is also rumoured to be coming with a facial unlocking feature similar to that of the iPhone X. It apparently will also have Samsung’s version of Animojis.
Also of note in the rumours is the inclusion of a slow motion feature in the camera with capabilities to shoot 960 frame per second. No word on how long you’ll be able to shoot in slow motion. The front camera module will be an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus. No word on whether the front facer will have optical image stabilisation.
Iterative Insides, Will It Make A Difference?
On the Specifications front, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ seem to be a minor iterative updates of the S8 and S8+. The S9 and S9+ are carrying most of the same insides as its predecessors.
The S9 will be coming with a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display while the S9+ will have a slightly larger 6.2-inch. Both will have a QHD+ resolution of 2960×1440 in the 18.5:9 ratio which has become the industry standard. Both devices will be rated for IP68 water and dust resistance.
Aside from this, the S9+ will also be coming with a larger 6GB of RAM while the S9 will only have 4GB. On the processor front it looks like the S9 and S9+ will be running on the Snapdragon 845 for the North America and the Exynos 9810 for the rest of the world. Although there are whispers of the Exynos version being scrapped due to some performance issues. The S9 will have a smaller 3,000mAh battery while its big brother will have 3,500mAh. The 3.5mm headphone jack will apparently be making its triumphant return to the Galaxy S9 and S9+.
It’s rumoured that Samsung will finally be including dual speakers on the S9 and S9+. This would be the first smartphone from Samsung that will be sporting the front firing speakers.
Literally Pretty Enough to Burn a Hole in Your Pocket
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be announced in a few days on the 25th of February slightly before the kick off of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Pre-orders for South Korean and North America are expected to start immediately after the announcement. The smartphones are rumoured to be hitting the market on the 8th of March.
For Malaysia, we expect that pre-orders will be kicking off a week or two after the announcement with the device being physically available in the first two weeks of March. We expect the dates for pre-order will be within the first week of March with devices landing in market shortly after.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is rumoured to be costing USD$800 (RM3,120.20) to USD$925 (RM3,607.74). Its larger sibling S9+ is rumoured to cost close to USD$1,000 (RM3,900.33) to USD$1,200 (RM4,681.46). We expect that the official pricing for Malaysia will be about RM3,399 for the S9 and RM3,999 for the S9+.
You can tune in to the livestream of the Unpacked event on the 25th of February at 6PM CET (12PM Eastern/9AM Pacific for the U.S.). For Malaysia, the livestream will be at 1AM on the 26th of February.