- Business Insider
Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 smartphone is almost here.
According to a C-level executive at a major casemaker, the go-to-market schedule for Galaxy S9 / S9+ is as follows:
Launch – 2/26
Pre-orders – 3/1
Ships/releases – 3/16
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 16, 2018
Evan Blass, a well-known tech informant, says he learned from a C-level executive at a smartphone-case maker that the Galaxy S9 and larger Galaxy S9 Plus will be available to preorder on March 1 and will go on sale on March 16.
Before Samsung confirms all the details then, here’s what we know about the Galaxy S9 so far:
Samsung has not said when it will release the Galaxy S9, but it did recently confirm its unveiling in February.
- Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider
This makes Blass’ claim of a March release for the Galaxy S9 quite plausible. His reported schedule is very similar to Samsung’s past smartphone releases.
Though the Galaxy S8 was delayed until April last year because of safety concerns, the Galaxy S7 was announced in late February 2016 and released in mid-March, as were several older devices in the Galaxy-S series.
Samsung sent press invites for a launch event on February 25.
Though concrete release details for the Galaxy S9 are still not yet available, Samsung has sent out press invites for its upcoming launch event, confirming the date for February 25.
The invite also hints at the phone’s name. We assumed it would be the Galaxy S9, but the giant “9” on the press invites somewhat confirms this. The image also suggests the device and launch event may focus heavily on camera updates.
A recent barrage of leaks will tell you almost everything there is to know about the Galaxy S9, from its new camera and associated features to even the phone’s new stock wallpaper.
- Screencap: Samsung
Recently, the device reportedly surfaced in a video leak, showing off its touchscreen ability as well as its design similarities to the Galaxy S8.
Other details come directly from Samsung, with the manufacturer recently sharing information about its latest camera technology on its official website.
The camera features include updates to autofocus and settings that allow users to have more control over the camera parameters without having to go into pro mode. Many have connected these details to the Galaxy S9, especially since the launch event invite hints at camera updates.
Another recent leak from Evan Blass shows you can expect in terms of the Galaxy S9’s design. The render suggests a larger screen and curved edges similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge design. Many have also compared the design to the Google Pixel 2.
Blass has also shared the Galaxy S9’s stock wallpapers with the public.
The Galaxy S9 may introduce Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Face ID and Animoji.
- Screencap: Maxwell Weinbach/YouTube
Thanks to some new information, we have how more firm proof that Samsung is working on a 3D-scanning feature for the Galaxy S9, which could perform similarly to Apple’s Face ID tech.
Rumors first surfaced when Samsung announced that its Exynos 9810 chip, assumed to be in the Galaxy S9, could power new facial-recognition capabilities. The tech blog SamCentral recently published a software file, which includes code for what may be a 3D facial-recognition feature for the Galaxy S9. There is also a video, showing how the feature would work.
The feature, which Samsung reportedly calls Intelligent Scan, may be included on the Galaxy S9 as an unlock and authentication feature in addition to Samsung’s standard facial recognition and iris scanning. The feature is intended to make facial recognition more accurate in low-light or extra bright conditions.
Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Animoji feature might be a camera mode called 3D stickers, which would allow users to add animated images to images. The Galaxy S9 may have another camera feature called Tag Shot, which would allow users to tag photos with a location and weather details.
Aside from the Galaxy S9’s new camera tech, most other aspects of the Galaxy S9 sound pretty similar to last year’s phone.
- Brad Barket/Getty Images for Samsung
So far, most details about the Galaxy S9 suggest it’s an incremental update.
Samsung has said consumers can expect updates to its Bixby artificial-intelligence assistant, especially an easier-to-navigate interface. Bixby’s latest eiteration may allow users to have a continuous conversation with AI assistant after saying “Hi Bixby” only once.
Several leaks also suggest Samsung may tweak the device’s design to make it easier to use.
The Galaxy S9 is expected to feature a rear-facing fingerprint scanner in a centralized location, which would make it easier for users to find. The Galaxy S8’s scanner is to the right of the camera module, and many say it isn’t where they’d naturally place their hand.
Other leaks suggest the Galaxy S9 will have new camera features, such as super-slow-mo video. Samsung may also take a cue from Apple by including a single-lens camera on the standard Galaxy S9 and a dual-lens camera on the S9 Plus.
Consumers should also expect other well-known Samsung features on the Galaxy S9, such as wireless charging and resistance to water and dust.
There are expected to be dual-SIM models of the Galaxy S9 for specific markets, such as Europe.
— PhoneArena (@phonearena) January 16, 2018
Many of the Galaxy S9’s internal hardware specs remain up in the air.
- Hollis Johnson
Recent reports suggest Samsung is unlikely to update the battery capacity on the Galaxy S9, though previous rumors indicated there could be a slight power bump. With no changes expected to the display size or quality of the S9 models, an increase in battery power may not be necessary.
Leaks have also suggested that the Galaxy S9’s memory and storage capacity is likely to remain similar to the Galaxy S8. Samsung is also known to include expandable storage on its devices, also expected for the S9.
For now, it seems likely that the Galaxy S9 will retain the traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack at a time when several manufacturers, including Apple and Google, are releasing premium smartphones without it. There is evidence, however, that Samsung has considered removing the headphone jack from the Galaxy S9.
Galaxy S9 Retail box!
Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP OIS F1.5
Super Slow-mo (I think 960fps)
Stereo Speakers tuned by AKG ????
— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) January 12, 2018
Color option details for the Samsung Galaxy S9 have surfaced
- Screencap: Evan Blass/Twitter
Evan Blass recently shared renders of the Galaxy S9 in a new color called “Lilac Purple,” pictured above. Blass also revealed to us that the Galaxy S9 may come in “Midnight Black,” “Titanium Gray,” and Coral Blue color options.
Coral Blue, a popular color option for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7 Edge and short-lived Galaxy Note 7, was missing from the color lineup for the Galaxy Note 8 in exchange for a color called “Deep Sea Blue.”
It might cost $100 more than last year’s Galaxy S8.
A new report from Tech Radar suggests Samsung will sell the Galaxy S9 for £789 in the UK, which is £100 more expensive than how much the Galaxy S8 cost at launch. Right now, the Galaxy S8 costs $750 in the US.
We’ll have to wait and see if Samsung bumps the price of its latest flagship, which wouldn’t be surprising considering Apple now sells the iPhone X for $1,000 to start. The most expensive Samsung phone right now is the Galaxy Note 8, which costs $950.
Samsung may take another stab at social media.
- Thomson Reuters
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 might include a new Samsung social networking app called ‘Uhssup.’
News of the social network first surfaced after Samsung submitted a trademark application in January. Now, the Korean publication Heraldcorp says the app would allow users to share their location and communicate with others what they’re doing at pinned locations. The app may also have features similar to WhatsApp, according to Heraldcorp.
We haven’t seen any leaks of this app so far, so take this rumor with a grain of salt. Many have also noted that Samsung’s previous attempt at a social media/messaging app, called ChatOn, is now defunct.
There are also several far-fetched rumors about the Galaxy S9.
- Hollis Johnson
Some rumor suggests there could be a Galaxy S9 model featuring eight times the internal storage capacity of current Galaxy devices.
This rumor stemmed from Samsung’s announcement that it had developed a 512 GB capacity for onboard storage to allow devices to support large multimedia files, particularly high-quality videos.
Samsung also recently released the Galaxy A8 smartphone, which includes a dual-lens front-facing camera that made us wonder whether the Galaxy S9 would have such a feature. However, it appears the dual-camera set may be exclusive to the rear camera on the S9 Plus.