Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 plus are the upcoming smartphones from Samsung. According to Venture Beat, Samsung’s upcoming flagships are “may scheduled to make their first public appearance” at CES in Las Vegas in early January . But the company is still expected to hold an unpacked event in March, where the two handsets will be officially announced. If Samsung does announce the two devices in March, they will likely go on sale a month later. Samsung used the same strategy last year that worked great based on the Galaxy S8’s sales numbers.
Features of Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus
It’s not yet clear about the features but this is certain as there won’t be major upgrades over their predecessors that is Galaxy S8 and S8 plus.
According to various new sources and research it is found that these smartphones will come with the same curved displays as the Galaxy S8 series. This means you will see 5.8- and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED panels with QHD+ resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
To recall, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are identical except for screen and battery sizes. Things may be different when it comes to their successors, as you can expect to see more differences. The Galaxy S9 is said to have 2 GB of RAM more than its smaller brother (6 GB vs 4 GB). It might also feature a dual-camera setup, while the S8 should only have a single shooter on the back. Rumors also claim the camera could capture videos at 1,000 fps for those super slow motion shots.
The back of the Galaxy S9 will change a lot
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Both devices will be powered by the same chipset. They should come with either the Exynos 9810 or the unannounced Snapdragon 845, depending on the region with 64 GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a new location for the fingerprint scanner. Also under-display fingerprint scanners aren’t ready yet and that the first Samsung device to get it will be the Note 9.
The Galaxy S9 smartphones will still sport fingerprint scanners on the back, but they won’t sit right next to the camera like on their predecessors. Instead, they’ll likely be located below the cameras, in the middle of the devices. This is fantastic news, as the scanner’s location on the S8 is one of its biggest drawbacks. Not only does it look weird, it’s also impractical.
According to Business Korea, Samsung will stick with the same 2D facial recognition software found on the Galaxy S8. The company has decided to ignore 3D technology due to “technological limitations” and concerns over user security. But the facial recognition feature, as well as the iris scanner, could get a small upgrade and both security options should be faster.
When it comes to software, Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will run Android Oreo with Samsung’s Experience UI on top. Bixby, which made its debut on the Galaxy S8 series, should also be on board, probably in an enhanced form.
The upcoming handsets are said to feature AKG stereo speakers and ship with a free pair of AKG headphones in the box and you also expect to see the same IP68 rating for protection against dust and water as on the S8 and a larger battery.
In design the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will be very similar to their predecessors with a few exceptions. The handsets will have even smaller bezels below and above the display. The screen-to-body ratio could be as high as 90 percent, which is roughly six percentage points more than on the S8 series. This will make the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus even more compact, although the difference won’t be huge.
Except for the smaller bezels, nothing will change up front. But do expect to see changes on the back. The design should be different because of the fingerprint scanner’s new location. The backs of the two smartphones also won’t look identical because of the Galaxy S9 Plus’ dual-camera setup.
Prices of Galaxy S9 and S9 plus
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus launched at $725 and $825, making them more expensive than their predecessors. Even though the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus likely won’t offer a lot more than the S8 series, rumors claim they might come with higher price tags. The fact is that Samsung dictates pricing with its Galaxy S series. If the S9 will cost more, you can expect devices like the LG G7, Huawei P11, and HTC U12 to come with higher price tags as well.
Note that nothing is confirmed and the above details are what many news channels are reporting as well as from leaks that we come to collect from our research.