Not long after the release of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the first alleged leak about their successors, Galaxy S9 and S9+, has surfaced and it claims that the 2018 flagships are already in the pre-production stage with the codenames “Star” and “Star 2,” respectively. The latest news about S9 comes from Korean publication The Bell which also noted a couple of potential Samsung Galaxy S9 specs.
First on the list is slightly bigger displays. It didn’t provide specific numbers, but it’s worth noting that S8 already has a wide 5.8-inch screen while S8+ has a bigger 6.2-inch display. Whether Samsung opts to increase the actual display size by stretching the dimensions of the phone or the bezels get still slimmer isn’t known at this point. However, the site claimed the edge-to-edge or Infinity Display will remain a key focus for the 2018 flagship.
Predictions are Samsung could stick with Super AMOLED panels, since it has offered the company so much success in the last few years. It is also expected to see Mobile HDR on board again.
A dual-camera system is a key feature that’s been missing from this year’s flagships. That and the prominence of the tech should convince Samsung to upgrade the S series’ camera department. It will likely innovate and provide some distinct photography features and the dual-camera tech might come to the front snapper too, though it’s all guesswork right now.
Front Fingerprint Scanner
Previous reports stated that Samsung wanted to move its fingerprint sensor to the front for the Galaxy S8 but didn’t have enough time to make it work. This has since been a part of the complaints on the flagship. A rear placement isn’t unheard of— companies from Huawei to LG have made the phone’s back a familiar sight for fingerprint sensors — but none of them are as close to the camera lens as the S8’s. So, it makes sense that the Korean tech giant would reposition the scanner back to the front, probably embedded on the display.
Other rumored specs include two chipset variants — one Snapdragon 7nm processor and the other, in-house Exynos chipset — Android 8.0, and a Bixby AI Assistant-dedicated button.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Price, Release
It’s currently unknown how much the new devices would cost. However, The Inquirer predicts it could fetch around £689/$890 and £779/$1000 SIM-free.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ is scheduled to enter production stage as early as later this year, suggesting Samsung might launch them relatively earlier in 2018. If we’re lucky, we could see the 2018 flagships launched at next year’s Mobile World Congress. Then again, these are just speculations so take them with a healthy grain of salt.
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