The S8 series is expected to raise standards in the smartphone world with its Infinity Display that features minimal bezels, no home button in sight and some very cool features including the now-working Bixby Voice English version. But what of the follow-up S model for next year, the Galaxy S9 and its larger cousin, Galaxy S9+?
At the moment, the information available on Galaxy S9 and S9+ is relatively thin, and the phone is not expected to be unveiled until the first quarter of 2018.
The few pieces of information gathered so far show that Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, which will be more efficient than Snapdragon 835 found in the S8 device (in the US); other markets will have the latest processor from Samsung’s own Exynos line.
Samsung might look at shifting the fingerprint sensor position, the most criticized element of S8 and S8+. Galaxy S9 is expected to come with improved battery life and will continue with Super AMOLED panels, and focus on mobile HDR. The assumption is that S9 will come with a 4K display, especially since Sony already offers one in the Xperia XY Premium.
Needless to say, with Samsung’s advancements in camera technology since the launch of Galaxy S6, the expectation is really high, and we’re curious to know how they can further enhance the photo experience. According to the current rumor, Galaxy Note 8 is to come with a dual camera, following the trend set by Apple, Huawei and LG. If this is true, then it wouldn’t be surprising to see the S9 to bring new standalone features from the Note series, including the dual camera and other aspects.
On the price front, it is going to be more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S8, as there is no reason for not to increase the price given the improved features that the next flagship devices are expected to be bundled with.
Components have a tendency to get more expensive until you reach critical mass. For example, OLED is selling at a premium now because Apple and Google both want whatever Samsung, LG and the other two major players can make for the next several years. Over time, OLEDs will become cheaper the way LCD did.
We can also look forward to Bixby, the company’s home-brewed AI assistant, on Samsung’s Galaxy S9. We assume it will come with Android O because of the timeline, but it could be either Android 8.0 or 8.1 by then. However, it is probably too early to comment on the OS version.
There’s quite a bit of useful tidbits about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, but with the phone nearly 10 months away from launch, a lot could change between now and then.