For some time now, the only viable challenger to the iPhone crown has been Samsung. The Galaxy S line has been the go-to option for those who, for whatever reason, can’t get with the Apple ecosystem. Now, we’re coming up on the release of the next flagship phone in the series – the Galaxy S9. Let’s take a look at what we can expect.
The Galaxy S8 was an extremely popular phone, selling30% more than the previous S7 model. So, naturally, people are anxious to see what Samsung can bring to the table in order to keep the sales coming with the next generation. The Korean electronics giant typically reveals their newest phone a couple of days before the Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference in Barcelona. This year, the MWC will be held from February 26 to March 1. The phone should be available in stores a few weeks after.
Being that this will be the latest flagship phone from Samsung, expect to see outstanding design features and the latest gee-whiz technological upgrades.
In the design area, expect to see an all-screen front on this phone with even skinnier bezels than before. Samsung calls their new look the “Infinity Display.”
Current rumors indicate a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display just like the S8 had, keeping the unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio intact.
This would mean the S9 would have a 90% screen-to-body ratio, up from the S8’s already impressive 84%.
Some analysts are predicting that Samsung will use an under-the-screen fingerprint scanner from Qualcomm or Synaptics. This would be good news for everyone who hated the fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone in the S8 due to it’s awkward positioning and the likelihood of smudging your camera when you try to use it.
The camera is expected to be upgraded. Samsung reportedly is working on new slow-motion video capture to include in the S9. According to reports, the new technology can shoot video at 1,000 frames per second – better than any other phone on the market. As a point of comparison, the iPhone X shoots slow-motion video at a measly 240 frames per second. Renders making the rounds on the internet show dual-lenses for the camera with a fingerprint sensor beneath. It is possible that there will be differences in the camera and fingerprint technologies in the S9 and the S9+.
For processing power, the new S9 is likely to use the Exynos 9810 processor designed by Samsung. It might possibly use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 which is built by Samsung. Either way, it will not be an underpowered phone. For example, the octa-core Snapdragon 845 reportedly runs at 2.8 GHz which is a 30% performance increase over the previous generation. Some experts expect the US models to use the Snapdragon chip while models in other countries will be powered by the Exynos chip. Both chips support facial recognition and face tracking filters.
Dominic Sunnebo is Global Director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech and an expert in mobile technology. He expects the S9 to feature a dual-lens camera, the newest Exynos processor and a battery charging capability of 50% in 15 minutes. According to Sunnebo, Apple’s iPhone X is there attempt to catch up with the Galaxy S8, but Samsung cannot relax because Apple’s brand is powerful enough to overtake the Koreans if they do not push the envelope.
All of this new technology and design comes at a price, though. The S9 will likely follow in the footsteps of the S8 which entered the market at £689, which was similar to the iPhone 8 price of £699. The iPhone X is much more expensive at £999. Sunnebo expects the S9 to come to market at £829.
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