THE GALAXY S9 is just a month away from becoming official, with Samsung confirming that its 2018 flagship will see a launch at MWC in February.
It’s unlikely the impending unveiling will have many surprises in store, though, as we already know a hell of a lot about the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, courtesy of the online rumour mill.
We’ve rounded up everything we know about the handset so far below.
– 5.8in / 6.2in QHD+ Super AMOLED curved display (570ppi / 529ppi)
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (US) / Samsung Exynos 9810 (UK)
– 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM / 6GB RAM
– 64GB/128GB / 64GB/128GB/256GB storage
– Cat 18 LTE support (1.2Gbps download speeds)
– Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
– 12MP Dual Pixel camera with OIS (f/1.5, f/2.4) / Vertical dual rear-facing camera, 8MP front-facing camera
– Bixby AI assistant with dedicated button
– USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
– Stereo speakers
– Wireless charging support
– IP68 water and dust resistance
– Built-in FM radio
– Updated DeX docking station
– Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue, Lilac Purple variants
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will launch at on 25 March MWC in February.
Galaxy S9 release date, price and specs: Carrier leak points to DualPixel camera and, er, ‘3D Touch’ support
According to reports, the Galaxy S9 will be £100 more expensive than last year’s S8, with pricing set to start at £789. By the same logic, expect the Galaxy S9+ to start from £879 SIM-free.
Here in Blighty, EE has prematurely confirmed that it’ll be offering the Galaxy S9 once it’s available. Interested customers can register their interest on the operator’s website.
13/2/18: Yet more of the Galaxy S9’s specs have leaked, this time courtesy of Orange Romania, which accidentally published the product page for the Galaxy S9 over the weekend. The since-yanked page confirms that the Galaxy S9 will stick with the 5.8in QHD OLED ‘Infinity Display’, but will introduce a DualPixel camera with ‘f/.5 – f/2.5’ aperture. Predictably the product page also mentions support for 4G+, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.
However, Orange’s listing says the S9 will pack Samsung’s Exynos 8995 chipset, which is unlikely, given this is the processor found inside last year’s Galaxy S8. It also mentioned 3D Touch support, which again is unlikely given that no pressure sensitive screen technology is expected and 3D Touch is an Apple brand name.
12/2/18: The Galaxy S9 is going to be 25 per cent faster than its predecessor, according to early benchmark tests of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 SoC. Qualcomm claims this chip will offer a significant performance boost over the Snapdragon 345, and CNET – which carried out 12 benchmarking tests – found these claims to be true. The chip performed “at least 25 percent faster than the best score on all but four tests out of the dozen,” the website noted, trumping the likes of the Galaxy Note 8 and Google Pixel 2.
9/2/18: Samsung’s next-generation DeX docking station, set to debut alongside the S9, has surfaced online.
Not only does the leak give us a good look at the Samsung’s new DeX dock, but it also confirms that the Galaxy S9 will retain the headphone jack, despite earlier rumours having claimed that Samsung would ditch the port in favour of USB-C.
8/2/18: SamMobile has got its mitts on further details about the ‘super slow mo’ feature set to debut on the Galaxy S9 and S9+.
The feature, which SamMobile claims will be so impressive that it “could make up for the lack of dual camera setup on the regular S9”, will offer users two methods of capture: regular, and a mode that will only record slow-mo footage when something moves in the frame., similar to Samsung’s rear-cam selfie mode.
The feature will also take inspiration from the Sony Xperia XZ in that it will offer a mode where users can start recording a normal video, then tap on an additional button that shows up to take slow-motion at specific moments.
7/2/18: Dutch site TechTastic has backed up rumours that the Galaxy S9 will be £100 more expensive than its predecessor. It has learned from ‘sources familiar with the matter’ that the S9 and S9+ will fetch €899 (around £790) and €999 (£885) in the Netherlands, whereas the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were priced at €799 and €899, respectively, in the region when they were launched last year.
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The same report claims that Galaxy S9 pre-orders will kick off on 2 March, and will start shipping two weeks later on 16 March.
6/2/18: Evan Blass has revealed that Samsung will release a ‘Lilac Purple’ version of the Galaxy S9 (above), which will join the already-leaked Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue models.
Seperately, Twitter tipster @Hakersimar has shown off some of the accessories that will ship alongside the incoming flagship, including new cases and a high-speed wireless charger, which could potentially match the high-speed offering of cable charging.
5/2/18: Pricing for the Galaxy S9 will start from £789 in the UK, according to TechRadar. The website, citing a source in the ‘mobile phone deals industry’, reports that Samsung’s incoming flagship will be £100 more expensive than last year’s Galaxy S8. By the same logic, the Galaxy S9+ will likely be available from £879 SIM-free.
“You can expect the S9 to cost £100 more than the Galaxy S8 when it was released last year,” said TechRadar‘s anonymous source. “The truth is that last year’s massively inflated smartphone prices on handsets like the S8, Note 8 and iPhone X have shown that there are plenty of people out there willing to pay these higher prices.”
2/2/17: It looks like the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will have to depend on their processors and software efficiency to extend the life of their batteries. Parts flogger Union Repair claims, via SamMobile, that the handsets will pack 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh batteries, respectively, the same found inside last year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+.
1/2/18: Yet more official-looking images of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have surfaced online (below), courtesy of case-maker ‘dbrand.’ The slick snaps appear to confirm that the smaller device will feature a single camera, while the larger S9+ will feature a dual sensor setup. The images also seem to suggest that both phones will be made available in a simple black variant.
“It genuinely isn’t possible to find a more precise, higher quality Galaxy S9 wrap than the one you’ll find here at dbrand,” the case maker boasts, suggesting that its imagery is likely on the money given that Samsung’s launch event is just a few weeks away.
30/1/18: A report out of Korea
However, given last year’s Galaxy S8 was priced at KRW935000, cheaper than both the S9 and S9+, it’s unlikely Brits will see such a good deal, with Samsung’s flagship duo likely to fetch above the £700 mark.
The same report from ET News claims that pre-orders will begin on 2 March, in South Korea at least, with shipping to begin on 8 March.
29/1/18: The Galaxy S9 and S9+ have leaked in full just weeks ahead of their official unveiling. The mega-leak, courtesy of VentureBeat‘s Evan Blass, gives us our first proper look at the flagship duo (below) and reveals almost all there is to know about the handsets.
The report reveals that while “neither will be significant departures from their predecessors”, the both will ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU in the US and China, and Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 SoC in the UK. This will be paired with a choice of 4GB or 6GB RAM on the S9, while the S9+ will ship with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage as standard.
Confirming Samsung’s ‘reimagined’ camera, VentureBeat writes that both handsets will feature ‘variable aperture’ on their primary 12MP camera, which switches between f/2.4 and f/1.5 and allows for super slow-mo video capture. The S9+ will pack a dual camera setup comprising of a second 12MP fixed-aperture lens, and both will sport an 8MP camera around the front.
A separate leak, via SamCentral, also reveals that the S9 and S9+ will feature something called ‘IntelligentScan’, which combines face and iris scanning to improve accuracy and security even in low or very bright light.
26/1/18: A video posted on Chinese site Weibo claims to show off a working prototype of the Galaxy S9, less than a month ahead of its MWC launch. The 10-second-clip doesn’t reveal anything groundbreaking but does ‘confirm’ that the S9 will feature the same curved OLED display as its predecessor.