Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ were made official in March 2017 and started selling the following month, which makes them just seven months old.
To be honest, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are not that old, but in a few months’ time, the duo will be replaced by new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets. To be precise, the S9 and S9+ should be here in about four months’ time, but according to VentureBeat, the duo’s first public appearance will take place at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 in January, which is less than two months away from now.
The man behind the latest development is none other than the notorious leaker Evan Blass. His track record speaks volumes and there’s little we can doubt in his latest discoveries. Apparently, Blass says that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are being developed under codenames Project Star 1 and Star 2, respectively. Like the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the two will stick to the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch AMOLED display screens with curved edges and the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio, which means the resolution will still be QHD+.
The current Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and Exynos 8895 chipsets that power the Galaxy S8 and S8+ models are products of the 10nm process. According to Blass, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will still come with 10nm technology – the same technology that is being used to make the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810. In short, the U.S. variants of the S9 and S9+ will be powered by the former while the latter will power the international variant.
Apart from the display size and the subsequent battery capacity, Samsung Galaxy S8 is the same phone as the Galaxy S8+. However, Blass says that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will not follow this pattern. Instead, the Galaxy S9+ will be more powerful than the standard Galaxy S9, which kind of makes sense. This is essentially what Apple does with the standard and plus variants of the iPhone, but this is not the only thing that Samsung will be borrowing from Cupertino.
The standard Galaxy S9 will ship with 4GB RAM while the high-end Galaxy S9+ will come with 6GB RAM, something we saw on a variant of the Galaxy S8+ and Note 8. In addition, the S9+ will rock a dual camera setup on the back as opposed to the standard S9, which will have a single-lens setup. Unlike the 2017 Galaxy flagships, the upcoming models will place the fingerprint scanner in a place many consider as ideal – right below the camera lenses and not on the side.
Even though the storage will remain unchanged at 64GB, you still get a microSD card slot as well as the traditional 3.5mm audio jack, a feature that quite a good number of OEMs have been dropping from the high-end phones, including Google. Blass also notes that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will have AKG stereo speakers on board alongside a new backwards-compatible DeX dock, where users will be able to place the phone flat and use the screen as a virtual keyboard or touchpad.
Going by this report, the differences between the Galaxy S9/S9+ and Galaxy S8/S8+ are quite subtle, something we’ve seen before with respect to the Apple iPhone. Usually, Apple makes huge design changes after releasing an S model – a model that only brings subtle changes when compared to the previous release. Samsung is taking the same path, which has been evident since the Galaxy S6/S7 and now the Galaxy S8/S9. If anything, drastic design changes can be expected in 2019.
As noted earlier, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be teased at the CES 2018 show. However, we just don’t know how many specs or features will be revealed, but some sources say there won’t be much apart from showcasing the new capabilities of Bixby 2.0. Still, Samsung should have its March launch event on track.
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