Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: Everything About Samsung’s 2018 Flagships

Samsung Galaxy S9 concept

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, the successors to Galaxy S8 and S8+, are expected to hit the market in early 2018. The new series is expected to raise once again raise the bar for premium smartphones with its Infinity Display that features minimal bezels, and with no home button in sight.

At the moment, the rumors on S9 and S9+ are relatively thin as the focus is on the recent launch of Galaxy S8 and S8+ and the upcoming launch of Galaxy Note 8.

The key feature is said to be embedded fingerprint sensors, long rumored for the Samsung S8 series. Though there is not much information on the new phone, it is said to retain the screen dimension of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, according to a report from The Investor.

Galaxy S9 and S9+ are expected to launch sometime during the first quarter of 2018, with availability shortly after.

Coming to the design, there is no substantial difference to be spotted. However, Samsung might focus on changing the position of the fingerprint sensor, the most criticized element on the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

The expectation is to stick with Super AMOLED panel and focus on mobile HDR. To everyone’s surprise, it might also come with a 4K display, more reason being Sony offers one on its Xperia XY Premium. It should also have a boost in VR capabilities considering Samsung’s recent moves with VR hardware, but for now it remains a guess.

On the camera front, the Galaxy S device is known for its steady progress since the launch of Galaxy S6, so the expectation is already set really high. There is not much information on the megapixels front, but it is expected to come with great performance and advanced features. Galaxy Note 8 is rumored to be coming with a dual camera setup, following the trend set by LG, Huawei and Apple. If this turns to be a fact, then it wouldn’t be surprising to see the S9 to bring new standalone features from the Note series.

The Galaxy S9 is expected to have the latest processors from Exynos and Qualcomm, giving it improved battery life. There is no information on the RAM and internal storage being floated at this point. The S8 and S8+ both have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and microSD support. It is still unclear if these numbers will be bumped up, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see a jump in RAM to 6GB, given that some devices like the OnePlus 5 already offer this. While things are unclear at this time, for sure, S9 and its larger iteration will still have some advancement from the Note 8.

On the software side, it will be launched with Android O, which will have matured into Android 8.1 O by then. It is too early to comment on the software features, but the much talked-about Bixby might be on board since Samsung seems to have mostly overcome difficulties with the English version of Bixby Voice.

All said and done, things are far too early for any of these Galaxy S9 and S9+ rumors to be taken at face value. More devices are in the pipeline prior to the S9 launch, including the Pixel 2 line up and the Galaxy Note 8, not to mention the limelight-hogging iPhone 8.

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