Samsung Galaxy S9: Galaxy S9 Release Date, Rumors and Price.
Samsung is known for its great productivity in the area of technology, with its amazing Smartphone deals. The Samsung Galaxy S8 hit markets in early 2017, so it’s quite amazing that we’re hearing about the Samsung Galaxy S9, as it might only be months away.
The rumors are coming “fast and furious” for what the new phone will look like and feature, so we’ve rounded up the best of them here – as well as answering some key questions. And below all that you’ll find our wish list of the various things we most want from Samsung’s next flagship.
The latest leaks suggest the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (and presumably also the standard S9) will have an Exynos 9810 chipset, at least in some regions, and just 4GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Price?
Though the price, for the Samsung Galaxy S9, is not yet revealed, we’re expecting £639 / $725 / AU$1200 based on current projections, as we’re expecting the Galaxy S9 to come in around the same price as its predecessor.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Release Date?
We’re expecting a March 2018 launch. While recent rumors suggest the S9 will launch in January, that seems too early given people are locked into contract cycles.
Samsung Galaxy S9 News and Rumors?
So far, we don’t know much about the Samsung Galaxy S9, but some sources claim Samsung has been working on the display panels for the Galaxy S9 since late March 2017. If true, that’s apparently about 6 months earlier than usual. Samsung and Qualcomm have also started working on a new mobile chip according to the latest rumor.
The chip is apparently likely to be called the Snapdragon 845 – up from the Snapdragon 835 found in some versions of the Galaxy S8 – and is supposedly going to be used in the Samsung Galaxy S9.
The Snapdragon 845’s use has again been rumored, this time by a reasonably reliable source, so it’s looking likely. So far, we don’t know anything about the power or performance of the Snapdragon 845 chipset, but we’d wager it won’t be the only one Samsung uses, with a new Exynos chip likely headed to S9 handsets in some parts of the world.
And speaking of a new Exynos chip, Samsung has now unveiled the Exynos 9810, which is likely to be used in the S9 outside of the US. It includes an LTE modem which supports theoretical download speeds of 1.2Gbps – faster than any other phone, meaning you could potentially download an HD movie within just 10 seconds.
The benchmark is questionable though, as while it lists the Exynos 9810 chipset, which is likely to be used, along with Android Oreo, the actual scores achieved by the phone in the benchmark are far lower than we’d expect from a Samsung flagship, so the listing could be fake.
Elsewhere, it seems one of the big chipset developments may allow the company to include a much bigger battery. A new report suggests Samsung will now use Substrate-like PCB tech that will allow the Exynos chipset manufacturer to include a bigger battery without increasing the size of the processor.
That may mean the extra battery won’t be on the Qualcomm Snapdragon-toting Galaxy S9, but it could mean big improvements for those who get the Exynos version.
One of the big issues with the Samsung Galaxy S8 was the fact the fingerprint sensor was shoved to the back of the phone, after rumors abounded that the reader was supposed to go under the display’s glass but it just didn’t work.
All of that points to the Samsung Galaxy S9 having fingerprint-sensing technology below the glass. Then again, one tipster claims an in-screen scanner isn’t in the cards, as does another recent report, so don’t count on that feature just yet.
When it comes to the camera, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is rumored to be able to shoot some incredible slow motion video. Industry sources claim Samsung is working on a rear camera that can shoot at 1,000 frames per second, which would be better than anything on the market in a phone right now.
The Galaxy S9 is sure to get some new features too, one of which could be a modular design, with magnets on the back letting you attach hardware accessories (which could take the form of battery packs, zoom lenses or any number of other things), a bit like Motorola’s Moto Mods.
Only one source has mentioned this possibility so far, so we’d take it with a huge pinch of salt, but it could be a key selling point of the S9 if true.We’ve also seen a Samsung patent for a sensor which would analyze atmospheric conditions and alert you to how much pollution there was in the air.
As you can imagine, the rumors remain tight to the ground at the moment, but we’ll be scooping our way through the best and worst of them – so bookmark this page if you ever want to know the very latest on the Samsung Galaxy S9.
What we expect to see in the Samsung Galaxy S9
The Samsung Galaxy S8, though is still the new shiny, but we’ve had a brainstorm about the improvements we’d like to see on the Galaxy S9.
A foldable Screen
Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy X – a phone with a foldable display – have been building for the past few years. A Samsung executive has told the media that the company doesn’t plan to launch a fully foldable phone until at least 2019, but plans may change in the coming months.
For Samsung to build the first truly foldable phone and sell it in 2018 would be a major boost to the South Korean company, and may change the way we use our phones forever.
A smaller Version
Samsung doesn’t offer an Android alternative to the iPhone SE. Instead the company has the Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus for the mid-sized and larger phone lovers out there.
We’d like to see Samsung embrace a smaller display on the Galaxy S9, or offer up a third version that includes a smaller screen instead.
A fingerprint Sensor under the Screen
It’s quite clear Samsung wanted to move the fingerprint sensor under the screen for the Galaxy S8, but didn’t have enough time to make it work.
Instead Samsung included a touch-sensitive home button under the display, which is useful, but we’d like to see the company go the full way and include a fingerprint sensor below the screen.
An Affordable Price
Samsung has had to increase the price for the Galaxy S8, making it one of the most expensive flagship phones on the market. If you’re buying it as part of a two-year deal it’s not as expensive as you’d expect, but we’d like to see Samsung reduce the price for next year’s phone if at all possible.
Rumors for the release of Galaxy S8 suggested Samsung was working on a dual-lens shooter like the iPhone 7 Plus or the LG G6 but it never came to manifest.
Considering the camera improvements on the Galaxy S8 seem to be rather limited it would be great for Samsung to push the camera tech in the phone to a dual-lens setup on the Galaxy S9.
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