Samsung is all set to unveil its flagship phone for 2018, the Galaxy S9, in the Mobile World Congress on the 25th of February. The company has been pretty tight-lipped regarding the specifications of this new phone, barring a few occasions. However, with as little as a month to go for the final unveiling, pictures of the phones- the Galaxy S9 and S9+, have been leaked, as reported by Venture Beats. Photos of the phone can be seen on Twitter in the @evleaks handle, which is the account of Evan Blass. The photos are quite clear, and give us a pretty good idea of what the flagships will look like when they finally go on sale on March 16.
From the photos, it can be seen that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will retain many of the specifications of the S8 series, which makes sense, considering the predecessor was a huge success in the market. The only updates seem to have been made in the camera sector, and of course security.
According to Venture Beat, the Galaxy S9 will come with a 5.8 inch display, while the S9+, which is larger in size, will boast a 6.2 inch display and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Both the phones will retain the Super AMOLED display of the S8, with minimum bezels on both sides of the screen.
Chipset and OS
Both phones are being powered by the Snapdragon 845 in China and the United States, while it will be powered by the Exynos 9810 in the other markets around the world. The S9 will come with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, while the Galaxy S9+ will come with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. Both phones will run on the Android 8.0 Oreo.
Both of Samsung’s flagship models for 2018 seem to have been equipped with some hardware updates. Take the camera, for instance, which is also being reportedly touted as the USP of these particular models. The cameras are certainly reimagined, with the inclusion of a variable aperture on the 12 megapixel primary camera, which means that it will now be able to switch between f/2.4 and f/1.5. The camera also come packed with other features, such as Super Slow-Mo mode, Dual Pixel technology, and the brand new addition: Super Speed technology. We know for certain that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will have a single 12 MP rear lens.
It is being rumored that the Galaxy S9+ might come with a dual camera at the rear- combining two 12 MP sensors, with an 8 MP front camera.
Thankfully, Samsung has made some changes in the security system as well. We do not yet know whether the S9 and S9+ will come with the much coveted face detection, but we are happy that the location of the fingerprint sensor seems to have moved. The Venture Beat photos do not reveal anything about the rear of the S9, but it does claim that the fingerprint sensor will no longer be beside the camera, as in the S8, but instead will be vertically aligned with it. This means that the sensor will be right underneath the camera, which is the usual position for these sensors, and will be easier to spot when your hands are blocked in a busy road. This is a welcome departure from tradition indeed.
In other news, it is being reported that Samsung has installed stereo speakers at the bottom of both the phones. The Galaxy S9 will come with a 3,000mAh battery, while the S9+ will come with a 3,500mAh cell.