Samsung Galaxy S9: Samsung is one of the stalwarts when it comes to the smartphone-making companies. The South Korean tech conglomerate has successfully produced various wonder devices over the years and their flagship device, the Galaxy series has managed to receive impressive reviews from both the experts as well as the fans. Quite naturally fans are seemingly excited about the upcoming edition of their flagship device in the Galaxy line-up.
It has been just a few days that we have come across the Samsung Galaxy S8. The smartphone is still not available on the market, and already the fans have started speculating about the next generation smartphone from the house of Samsung which is going to be termed as the Samsung Galaxy S9.
The craze surrounding this handset from Samsung has reached such a height that the fans have already started talking and predicting about the smartphone. The company has been tight-lipped about the Galaxy S9, and rightly so, for it has been not even a month that S8 has been launched. But that does not mean that there isn’t any new rumor on the internet regarding what the probable features of the Samsung Galaxy S9 are going to be. So in this roundup article, we have accumulated all the latest news, updates and rumors on Samsung Galaxy S9 and also discussed the probable features and what are the fans expecting from this forthcoming technological beast.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Release Date
Samsung is such a brand which likes to follow some certain pattern, particularly when it comes to the release date. If you notice the launch date of the last couple of iterations of the series, we can derive that the Korean tech giant showcased their flagship devices on the biggest possible stage. Samsung released the Galaxy S7 at the MWC 2016. However, they set March 29 as the date for the launch of Samsung Galaxy S8. There is still a lot of time to go before the smartphone becomes available on the market but the trend that has been set states that the flagship device gets launched before the end of the first quarter of the year. And hence, it becomes all the more obvious that the Galaxy S9 Release Date will be set during the first quarter of 2018 (February-March).
According to the latest report from The Bell, the manufacturing process of the device will kick off before the end of the ongoing year. So chances are there that the smartphone might get launched during the MWC 2018 event (26 February to 1 March 2018). And even if the smartphone gets announced during the Mobile World Congress 2018, it is very unlikely that the device will be launched before the end of the first quarter of the year 2018.
|Galaxy S Series Smartphone||Official Release Date|
|Galaxy S||4th June, 2010|
|Galaxy S2||2nd May, 2011|
|Galaxy S3||29th May, 2012|
|Galaxy S4||27th April, 2013|
|Galaxy S5||11th April, 2014|
|Galaxy S6||12th june, 2015|
|Galaxy S7||11th March, 2016|
|Galaxy S8||21st April, 2017 (Tantative)|
|Galaxy S9||19th March, 2018 (Tentative)|
Samsung Galaxy S9 Features and Variants
The Samsung Galaxy S8 which has been lately launched by the South Korean smartphone developers will be available on the market in two variants – the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. On a similar note, Samsung Galaxy S9 will also be available on the market in two variants – S9 and S9+. While the lower end variant will come on the market with a smaller screen dimension, the ‘+’ variant will be available on the market with a bigger screen. That is the convention for all the Samsung Galaxy smartphones. We predict that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will come with a screen resolution of 5.8-inches very much like the lately launched device. Chances are very low that there is going to be an upgrade as far as the screen dimension is concerned.
Samsung smartphones have always flaunted some real grandeur when it comes to the looks department, and the fact is that the new Galaxy Note 8 device is a renewed testament to that. But not everyone prefer or finds it convenient to carry around a tablet, and for them, waiting for the Galaxy S9 smartphone next year is perhaps the best thing to do right now.
What we are expecting: experts are of the opinion that the Galaxy S9 will come with a redefined design. The present version of this smartphone series which has been lately launched along with the earlier Galaxy S7 comes with a curved edge and we think that the developer will make the back edge of the Galaxy S9 even more curved so that it perfectly fits in your palm.
However, new design leaks and concept renders hint at a major design upgrade. In fact, new concept designs suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone will certainly retain the Edge design of the company’s flagships, but will also go for a bezel-less structure at the top and the bottom. This basically translates to a fully bezel-less “totality” display, as the experts put it. We have not heard of anything from Samsung that confirms this, but it would be a feat worth watching out for. The concept is, however, a work of fiction, and it also shows the integration of an in-display fingerprint scanner- something that Samsung is probably keeping on ice for the Note 9.
It will be really interesting to keep an eye on this section which will be dealing with the design of the smartphone. There are a number of speculations going around in the market and it remains to be seen whether eventually, the features turn out to be true.
Support for virtual reality is one of the expected features of the display because we have already seen a number of smartphones coming with a support for virtual reality. In fact, most of the Samsung smartphones come with a support for virtual reality. Hence it will be absolutely shocking to find the Samsung Galaxy S9 appearing on the market without the support for the virtual reality.
VR Ready Display: Samsung Galaxy S8 supports 2K resolution on its 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display. With more than a year to go before the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9, we are expecting that the handset will come with a 4K display resolution. That’s one of the highly optimistic speculations but the direction in which things are heading in the field of technology; this might eventually turn out to be true. Also, S9 will definitely retain the 3D touch technology which is one of the features in the lately launched flagship.
Always-On-Display: The Always-On Display (AOD) feature which made its debut with the Galaxy Note 7, will also be present in the Galaxy S9. The AOD feature has already undergone major upgrades and is expected to get richer in the upcoming Galaxy S9.
Bezel-less Screen: It also speculated that Galaxy S9 will have a less bezel screen. Measuring 5.5-inch, it will be protected by gorilla glass 4 on both the front and back sides of the phone. Additionally, the screen will be curved. It will have a three-edge Infinity display.
‘Sunflower’ AMOLED Display: Samsung introduced the concept of ‘Infinity Display’ in its latest flagship device which has hit the shelves recently. In fact, that has been one of the biggest selling points of the new flagship from Samsung, (despite few reports regarding its improper functioning). That makes it all the more evident that Samsung is ready to invest more on its display when the time comes for the launch of the next-generation flagship device. And if we go by the latest report it can be stated that the South Korea tech giant is all set to bring in the all the new AMOLED screen technology in Samsung Galaxy S9 which has been codenamed by the insiders as ‘Sunflower’. Now it is not yet clear how things are going to shape up once this new technology gets incorporated in the device, but certainly, the fans can expect something out-of-the-box in this case. Definitely, things are going to get even clearer in the future days.
Screen Size: Of late we have heard that the Galaxy S9’s screen size will be identical to that of the Galaxy S8. It looks like the smartphone giant is planning to retain the 5.77-inch and 6.2-inch display that came along with Infinite Display in the Galaxy S8. Industry insiders report that Samsung Display was made aware of this specific information along with the fact that a fingerprint scanner will also be embedded in the display. To recall, this is something that is not available in the S8. It’s interesting to note that the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will come without the stated feature, largely because of time constraints as well as other technical issues. This makes the Galaxy S9 display an exception and a unique draw for smartphone lovers.
Under the Hood
Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with the latest SoC that Qualcomm has manufactured – the Snapdragon 835. At this point, we can predict that the next generation processor that Qualcomm manufactures will feature in the next generation flagship device from Samsung. Thus it implies that Samsung Galaxy S9 will come with the next generation chipset from Qualcomm. The other variant of the S8 comes with an Exynos 8895 processor and the second variant of the S9 will also come with the latest Exynos chipset that Samsung will produce by the time we near the launch of the handset.
Qualcomm brought Snapdragon 835 SoC with the latest Galaxy S8 and S8+ last month, and now it is again collaborating with Samsung to bring out something even better. The American multinational semiconductor company is working on the next generation of flagship chip, which is the Snapdragon 845. Although it is also possible that another company TSMC could begin the development of the chipset.
As per new reports, Samsung Galaxy S9 may feature both 7-nano, 8-nano chips, unlike the S8 that is built on the tech giant’s 10-nanometer manufacturing technology. The report tells us that Samsung is currently working on the production of the 7-nano chip and that when the S9 rolls out, they are also expected to use the 8-nanometer manufacturing technology for the next generation Exynos chip. And speaking of the next generation Exynos, it is being speculated that may ditch Qualcomm in favor of Exynos 9810 with CDMA support for the Galaxy S9. Qualcomm has been accused of indulging in unfair licensing practice and apparently wants to prevent Samsung from selling its Exynos SoCs to third-party manufacturers.
On the front of storage, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is expected to sport better RAM than its predecessor. But other reports suggest that not much variation is expected to be made. But it would be great to see a second variant of the device coming on with a 128 GB native storage capacity. The smartphone, very much like its predecessor will come with a dedicated MicroSD card slot which will support an expansion of storage up to 256 GB.
The Galaxy S8 was expected to flaunt a dual-lens camera setup, as per the rumors had been indicating for a long time. But eventually, the rear camera setup came with a single-lens setup with a 12-megapixel sensor along with the f/1.7 aperture, Phase Detection AutoFocus (PDAF) technology, OIS and LED Flash. Evidently, nothing much has changed from the Galaxy S7. So chances are minimal that there will be a major upgrade when Samsung Galaxy S9 comes out. But it’s too early to predict what will eventually happen. Also, the selfie might undergo some crucial changes as well.
Galaxy S8 is backed up by a non-removable Li-ion 3,000 mAh battery. The S8+ comes with a slightly more powerful battery of 3,500 mAh. It is estimated that perhaps the upcoming version s9 will have an even better battery despite the fact that the processor controls the power consumption of the device much more efficiently. A 3,500 battery for the basic S9 and a 3,700 mAh battery for the ‘+’ variant will make things look much better.
One big change that Samsung might incorporate into Galaxy S9 is the inclusion of a highly powerful battery. Known as “Super Capacitor”, the battery will get completely charged in, believe it or not, just two minutes. This will come in handy, especially since smartphone depletes its battery pretty fast than a normal phone, and we hardly have time for charging the phone, because we are constantly on it.
Besides, Samsung is also planning on re-establishing its scarred reputation following last year’s disaster with Galaxy Note 7. As per latest rumors, the tech giant is developing solid state batteries that won’t explode. Although authentication of the news is impossible at this point, the information comes from an executive of the Korean battery maker Samsung SDI. The Solid State batteries are alternative to lithium-ion batteries and are much safer. Although the S9 is speculated to roll out in 2018, Samsung most likely won’t take any chances with safety and might wait for two years until they can incorporate the battery in Samsung Galaxy S9.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Other Additional Features
Many reports have suggested before the release of the Samsung Galaxy S8 that the device is likely to feature an iris scanner. And the consumers are not disappointed by Samsung as the device comes with the Iris scanner. Samsung has previously included this feature in the Galaxy Note 7, and finally, it will make its debut in the smartphones with the Galaxy S8, when it will out on sale in the showrooms. Hence, Samsung Galaxy S9 being the successor of the S8 will definitely have this feature.
Note: Samsung is trying to include the mini projector in the forthcoming Galaxy S8, but we think this is a long shot. And quite evidently it hasn’t come with the Galaxy S8. So the probabilities are there that it will come with the Galaxy S9 instead. Apart from that, the regular flagship features like a fingerprint scanner, an improved always-on display, microSD card slot, water, and dust proof body; all these will be present in the Galaxy S9.
Another intriguing feature of the device is going to be the fact that it will have IR blaster and NFC. Besides, it will also have a 3D touch fast charging with a bonus of wireless charging as an additional offer. It will also sport a USB Type-C port.
The upcoming flagship from Samsung will have the ability to record 4K video at 30 frames per second. Since the device will come with 1gbps LTE Cat16 wireless chip, users can be ensured of its compatibility with the fast LTE network of today along with the 5G networks which will be the future.
One of the biggest glitches of the Samsung Galaxy S8 has been the AI Bixby. It has failed miserably much to the disappointment of the tech enthusiasts as well as the developers. In fact, Samsung had expectations on its AI. But it turned out to be a complete failure in the end. That certainly paves the way for a much better Bixby in Samsung Galaxy S9. With still a very long time to go before even the developers can think of the beginning of the productions of the smartphone, there is every chance that Samsung Galaxy S9 will hit the market with a better Bixby. That will certainly bring it at par with its prime competitors in the field of technology.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Price
Samsung gradually increases the price of their flagships with the launch of new iterations. The Galaxy S7 was priced at around $750 during the time the handset was launched. Samsung Galaxy has been launched with a price tag of $849. Clearly, there is a hike. So if consider the price hike as a pattern, the Galaxy S9 should be priced at near about $950. Yes, it is difficult to predict the price of the Samsung Galaxy S9 so early, despite the fact that the S8 has already been launched. But certainly, it will have a price tag attached to it than the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8.
Predicting the Galaxy S9 price, release date, specs and the key features is undoubtedly a tough task, particularly with S8 yet to be made available on the market. But that does not prevent the tech enthusiasts from getting excited about this upcoming smartphone. With still a lot of time to spare we have accumulated all the news, updates and rumors floating around on the online media on this particular handset. Hence, stay tuned for more details and official news on the Samsung Galaxy S9.