With Mobile World Congress fast approaching, all eyes in the industry are set on Samsung's Galaxy S9 announcement on February 25. While leaks and rumors about the S9 and S9+ have been flooding in for quite some time, we're getting a much clearer picture of these handsets as the announcement draws near.
Because of this, we're highlighting some of the most exciting new features to help you decide if the Galaxy S9 is the right phone for you. So sit back and look through some of the juicy tidbits that'll come standard with the newest Samsung flagship, then see if it has what it takes to sway you from your current device and make the switch to the Galaxy S9.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are slated for release shortly after their February introduction. According to multiple sources — most notably, Evan Blass — the S9 and S9+ will be available for sale on March 16, 2018. Before this, the flagship handsets will be available for pre-order on March 1.
The official design of Samsung's upcoming flagships has long been been an area of speculation, but thanks to a massive leak by WinFuture, we know exactly what the S9 and S9+ will look like.
As opposed to an all-out redesign, the S9 will be more of an iterative update to the Galaxy S8. The new models will feature even thinner bezels along the bottom and sides. The flagship will now also sport a center-mounted fingerprint sensor on the rear, giving it a cleaner, more elegant look, unlike the S8's off-center sensor design which looked more of an afterthought design-wise.
Thanks to WinFuture, we now know that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available in three different colors when it arrives to the public. The site released over 20 Galaxy S9 shots, featuring profiles of the S9 and S9+ in Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, and Coral Blue.
For the US market, the S9 and S9+ will introduce us to Qualcomm's latest processor, the Snapdragon 845. Along with this, WinFuture has stated that the the S9 will feature 4 GB of RAM, while the S9+ will ship with 6 GB. There has been talk that Samsung will only offer 4 GB of RAM to complement the S9's powerful processor. According to AndroidHeadlines:
The Galaxy S9 will pack in 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, which is quite surprising considering that most rumors suggested that the phone will ship with 6 GB of RAM on the inside.
For the rest of the world, however,The S9 will most certainly by powered by Samsung's in-house Exynos 9810 processor, which the company has recently introduced.
Samsung has gone with a dual camera setup for one of its 2018 flagship phones. WinFuture shows the S9+ sporting dual cameras, with the standard S9 featuring a more traditional single camera setup. This aspect, combined with potentially more RAM and a larger display, makes the S9+ truly worthy of its "plus" designation.
According to WInFuture, the S9 and S9+ will have rear cameras consisting of 12 MP modules, along with 8 MP front cameras. The S9+, in particular, will come standard with variable aperture, giving users the added ability of being able to switch between f/2.4 and f/1.5 apertures, respectively. The site also confirms Samsung has built a groundbreaking 960 FPS slow-motion into both the S9 and S9+, though maximum resolution for that frame rate is still unknown.
According to WinFuture, the Galaxy S9 will come standard with AKG-tuned stereo speakers to give it equal footing against major competitors like the iPhone X and Pixel 2. This claim is seemingly backed up by a post on Reddit, which shows an image of the flagship's retail box listing this feature, along with other key specs.
As an added bonus, the 3.5 mm headphone will likely survive intact with the arrival of the S9 and S9+. An image posted by Evan Blass showing off Samsung's DeX Pad clearly shows a headphone jack located on the bottom of what purports to be the S9.
If these juicy tidbits regarding the S9 and S9+ have piqued your interest, be sure to check out our full roundup to learn even more about Samsung's latest and greatest flagship.