Samsung may not be the one launching the year’s high-end smartphone first (all thanks to HMD Global which is likely to unveil Nokia 9 in January 2018), but that hasn’t stopped the Korean smartphone giant from creating a buzz in the tech world.
The company is likely to unveil successors to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the first quarter of 2018 with advanced features which include a better camera quality and screen protection technology. Even so, the two devices– Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ — will face a tough competition from Apple iPhone X’s high-end features which includes a bezel-less screen, face recognition phone authentication system and advanced camera system.
As rumours keep pouring in, here’s what you should know about the two high-end smartphones:
When will Galaxy S9 and S9+ be released?
Earlier reports suggested that Samsung could unveil its upcoming flagship device at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which is scheduled to take place in January next year. Some reports also suggested that Samsung could continue with its long-standing tradition and unveil the two devices at the Mobile World Congress, which is slated to take place in Barcelona in February next year.
However, a new report by Bloomberg claims that the Korean giant could unveil the device as early as late February 2018 and release the device the following month.
How much will Galaxy S9 and S9+ cost?
Samsung is likely to continue the trend and price Galaxy S9 and S9+ higher than its predecessor. To recall, Galaxy S8 and S8+ were launched at a starting price of Rs 57,990 and Rs 64,990 respectively in India. It remains to be seen if the two smartphones will cross the Rs 70,000 mark in India.
What new features will Galaxy S9 and S9+ have?
If rumours are to be believed, Galaxy S9 and S9+ will feature Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor Snapdragon 845, which was announced earlier this month. The processor has a dedicated security chip that will protect user data. It is also 30 percent faster than its predecessor Snapdragon 835.
The company is likely to ship the two smartphones with either Snapdragon 845 or its maiden Exynos 9810 chipset, based on the region.
Just like its predecessor, Galaxy S9 is likely to feature a dual-camera setup. However, the word on the street is that the company is planning to add a 1000fps camera sensor to the phones, which will allow users to record videos in super slow motion (for reference, videos we see every day play at a speed of 25fps).
As far as the screen is concerned, the company is likely to retain Galaxy S8’s 18.5:9 aspect ratio. However, there’s no confirmation on the actual screen size yet. The company is likely to continue its trend of using super AMOLED screen along with Infinity Display in Galaxy S9. The device is likely to be protected by IP68 water and dust resistant technology.
Apart from this, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will feature 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal memory, Android Oreo out-of-the-box along with Samsung’s personal digital assistant Bixby.