Samsung fans and early tech adopters have been waiting for the Galaxy S9 to finally drop and the wait is near its end. Little has been revealed about the Galaxy S9 (Samsung likes to keep an air of mystery surrounding their releases), but we’ve done some digging. Here’s what you need to know.
The Hard Facts
One thing we know for sure is the time and venue the unveiling of the Galaxy S9 is going to take place: 25.02.2018, Sunday, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. From the official announcement to launch it’s usually a few weeks, so it’s not unreasonable to assume that the S9 will hit stores around the world sometime in March.
Another hint we’ve received from Samsung’s Twitter account is that the S9’s camera will be the main focal point and selling feature.
Rumored Price, Specs and Features
We’ll have to wait until the Mobile World Congress to confirm the exact price point. However, as a direct competitor to Apple’s high-end phones, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will most likely land in the $699-$999 range.
No official information has been released to support any claims surrounding specs or the camera performance, but experts report that potential directions Samsung could take are to improve:
* low-light photography through a lens with a wide aperture (f/1.5 lens);
* resolution and focus with a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera;
* overall performance through the Snapdragon 845 processor.
The Snapdragon 845 processor stands as the heaviest addition to the hardware that will affect the phone’s performance and enable the inclusion of interesting features. There are some reports that speculate that outside the US, Samsung is going to use its in-house Exynos processor.
Based purely on the technological aspects, it’s expected for Samsung to chase up to Apple through the possible inclusion of face-scanning unlocking to mirror Apple’s Face ID system alongside with considerable perfecting of its own eye-scanning tech. A fingerprint scanner is also rumored to be engineered directly into the touchscreen, though that’s less likely to be true.
On the less sci-fi side of additions, an FM radio option could very well find its way onto to S9 as users have been vocal about the option to tap into local radio broadcasts.
The Patent That Has Everyone Talking
As rumors circulate that the Galaxy S9 will end the entire S range, there’s much speculation as to what Samsung’s next step is going to be. A new patent submitted to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) shows that’s in store for us. A full, bezel-less front screen.
The bezel’s functions are going to be integrated within the display. Such as the fingerprint reader and added pressure sensitivity to enlarge the range of commands a user can perform with a single finger press.