As with any kind of technology these days, there’s always something happening in the world of mobile phones and, in the last few days, news has emerged of an imminent release for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. As this is big news indeed, what do we actually know of the product?
When is it available?
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ may only have been launched in the spring of 2017 but, already, we’re about to see their successors because the S9 and S9+ are set to be unleashed upon the world, on February 25th, 2018. The day after that, they will be officially launched at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress and are then likely to be made available to buy from March 16th onwards, with the model numbers SM-G960 and SM-G965 respectively.
What will they look like?
When it comes to the front of the phones, buyers shouldn’t expect major, if any, changes from the look of the S8 and S8+. The almost all-screen design will be retained, as will the dual curved edges.
But, when it comes to the back, things are a different story. The full extent of the changes is unknown but it seems clear that, for one thing, the fingerprint sensor is likely to be relocated to a more convenient position.
The S9 and S9+ will likely retain their predecessors’ screen sizes of 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches and are also thought to incorporate Y-OCTA display technology, claimed to be thinner and have better optical properties. Also expect Mobile HDR.
What will they cost?
They won’t be at the cheap end of the market, that’s for sure. At the moment, no one knows for certain how much either phone will set you back for but the S8 and S8+ cost £679 and £779 upon release, suggesting that a figure somewhere in the region of £700 for the S9, and £800 for the S9+ isn’t unrealistic.
Purchasing a SIM only plan and buying the phone outright can bring down the cost in the long-term.
Thanks to the success of iris scanning in their recent predecessors, the feature seems set to be retained but with increased resolution, enabling the scanner to be used in low light and by those wearing spectacles. The phones are also likely to be able to produce 3D scans of faces.
It seems likely the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will both use dual 12-megapixel cameras, with f/1.5 and f/2.4 cameras respectively, plus a slow-motion mode that offers 1,000 fps.
The S9+ will have a dual camera on its rear and will use the new BBAR (Broadband Anti-Reflection) coating to help the fight against glare.
Expect both phones to possess a front camera with an 8-megapixel sensor and iris scanner alongside.
The latest processors from Exynos or Qualcomm (possibly the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845) are likely to be used, though which one your phone will have is likely to depend on where exactly you live.
Samsung will possibly use the Exynos 9810 chip, featuring an integrated neural engine for dealing with AI tasks, freeing up some of the main processor duties, granting enhanced battery life and performance.
The S9 and S9+ are expected to use Android Oreo with an exclusive user interface. As with the S8 and S8+, expect Bixby to be included, as well as Google Assistant.
The S9 and S9+ are both expected to possess 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, in addition to microSD.
We may see an increase in capacity for the S9, of between 3,000 and 3,200mAh. However, it is not clear if the S9+ will also see an increase.
It’s not at all clear whether the S9 will feature a headphone jack. It may be that the phone will come with AKG Bluetooth in-ear headphones, although the lack of a jack because of that cannot be stated definitely.