Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, What We Know So Far
Samsung’s newest flagship smartphones are set to be unveiled in a few days and so far, plenty of information has already appeared online like its design and key specs. So while we’re waiting for the official announcement, here’s a roundup of what we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
Similar design as the Galaxy S8 and S8+
Based on the leaked images of the Galaxy S9 and S9+, most of the design was retained and has plenty of similarities to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Early information revealed the same screen sizes at 5.8-inches and 6.2-inches, same WQHD+ 2960 x 1440 resolution, and same 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Button placement seems to be retained and still has the dedicated Bixby button.
The differences will be noticeable from behind, as the placement of the fingerprint scanner was moved to the bottom of the camera module for better reachability. There’s also a new Lilac Purple color option which will appeal to the ladies.
New Exynos or Snapdragon chipsets
What we like about benchmark leaks is that it gives us an early look at the device’s engine. And based on what has been released on the Internet, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be powered by either a Samsung Exynos 9810 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, depending on the region. This is no surprise considering that Samsung has used two different chipsets in the past. The Philippine market will most likely get the Exynos variant. As for other specs, the new flagships were tipped to be released with 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage options.
Powerful low-light cameras
According to leaks, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will come with new camera modules with the latter sporting dual-rear cameras and placed vertically instead of horizontally like the Galaxy Note8. The specs mentioned are 12MP sensors with an aperture as wide as f/1.5 which coincides to reports that the new devices will have better low-light performance. Samsung has even teased its prowess in a short YouTube clip.
Speaking of teasers, Samsung has also released a short video that hints at a feature similar to the iPhone X’s Animoji. The clip doesn’t reveal much aside from its ability to turn yourself into an animated character. We’ll know more about it once it the devices gets revealed. For now, here’s the video.
One of the weaknesses of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is the loudspeaker. It’s decent but not enough for a flagship smartphone considering that some of its competitors use dual-speaker setups. That could change with the Galaxy S9 and S9+ as reports point to stereo speakers for better audio.
Looks like Samsung also wants to take on the Apple iPhone X’s FaceID with ‘Intelligent Scan’. It’s not going to work the same way though as the technology is reported to use both Iris Scanning and Face Recognition to verify a person’s identity.
And that’s it for now. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are set to be unveiled at MWC 2018 in Barcelona on February 26, Philippine Time. We’ll be there to cover the unveiling so stay tuned.