Galaxy S9 Specs, Features and Release Date
Galaxy S9 is the upcoming flagship from Samsung, Ninth iteration in the Galaxy S series. It is the successor of recently unveiled Galaxy S8.
The latest flagship of Samsung, Galaxy S8 arrived with infinity display with 18.5:9 ratio and no side bezels. It also features 5.8 inch SuperAMOLED display with 1440 x 2960 resolution. So Samsung probably introduce some elegant features like iris scanner, 4K display in Galaxy S9. So now we will roundup some rumoured features and specs of S9.
Display and Resolution
Latest rumours are saying that Samsung is manufacturing 4K mobile displays internally. So it seems that the South Korean tech giant is going to introduce 4K smart phone displays with Galaxy S9. Some reliable reports told that Samsung is trying to achive 90% screen to body ratio. In the latest Galaxy S8 flagship, Samsung achived 84% screen to body ratio. So Galaxy S9 may come with 5.8 inch Super AMOLED Display with UltraHD resolution and no side bezels like Galaxy S8. Bezelless Samsung S9 will appear more gorgeous and innovative than previous S series devices. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 acts as the display protection for Samsung S9.
Processor and Ram
Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus flagships in the US will be powered by the next high-end Chipset from Qualcomm, Snapdragon 845. Qualcomm is yet to announce the Snapdragon 845 chipset. Recently leaked report claims that Snapdragon 845 will be an Octa Core chipset with Cortex A-75 and A-55 cores. Qualcomm is going use BIG.little architecture with these cores. According to the report, Snapdragon 845 will be built on 10nm LPP process, so it will be more power efficient. Snapdragon 845 also contains Adreno 630 GPU, which is more powerful over its predecessor. It may also contain X16 LTE Modem which is the Gigabyte class LTE modem. More details about Snapdragon 845 SoC will be revealed in coming days. Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus may sport 6GB Ram to support great multitasking.
Galaxy S9 may come with dual 16MP Cameras on Rear with LED flash and 8MP front Camera with LED flash. With dual image processors on the rear, the image quality and special effects are also much better. The S9 flagship might also support 8K video recording on rear side. Front camera supports 2K video recording and HDR features. Samsung improve aperture and lens much better in the S9 than its predecessors. So the angle and zoom of Camera might be improved.
Samsung used eMMC 5.0 and 5.1 flash storages in the Galaxy S lineup, prior to Galaxy S7. With Galaxy S7, Samsung introduced the UFS 2.1 flash memory for first time. Read speeds of UFS 2.1 flash storage of Galaxy S7 beats most of last year flagships. Latest rumours are saying that Samsung also going to use UFS 2.1 flash memory in Galaxy S8. So in Galaxy S9 flagship also we can see UFS 2.1 flash storage. Samsung may further improve read and write speeds of UFS storage to rival SSDs. Samsung S7 flagship may come in 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB internal memory variants. There might be no 32GB variant and microSD card support to extend memory.
Samsung shifted the fingerprint sensor to the rear side of the device in Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. That is probably due to the infinity Display with no side bezels. The new location of Fingerprint Sensor in S8 is right next to the Camera Lens. But some users and tech reviewers claim that the fingerprint sensor is not working well. So the South Korean tech giant may again shift the fingerprint sensor in the upcoming flagship. Samsung possibly shift it to the front side of the device or relocate it on the rear side. Samsung will also improve the accuracy and speed of the Fingerprint Sensor with the next iteration in Galaxy S series. More details about the Galaxy S9 Fingerprint sensor will be revealed in coming days.
Samsung introduced the iris scanner feature with the Eighth iteration in Galaxy S series. Galaxy S9 will also support the iris scanner feature, according to some leaked reports. Samsung is going to improve iris scanner by refining both Hardware and Software. With Iris scanner, users can easily unlock the device. By using Iris Scanner, users can also make payments in a more secure way. To unlock the device, users just have to align the eyes with the circles on the screen. More details about the improved iris scanner feature of the Galaxy S9 flagship will be revealed soon.
Samsung S9 may come with 3500mAh Non-removable Li-Po battery to provide enough power for its large Display.
Quick Charge 4 Plus
Qualcomm introduced Quick Charge 4+ which is an incremental upgrade over Quick Charge 4. New Quick Charge 4+ feature will come with Snapdragon 835 SoC. Qualcomm claims that Quick Charge 4+ will be 15 percent faster and 30 percent power efficient than its predecessor. With Quick Charge 4+, users can charge up to 50 percent in less than 15 minutes. Power dissipation through heat also reduced much in the latest iteration of Quick Charge.
Quick Charge 4+ also has advanced safety features which monitor case and Connector temperature. So it prevents short circuit and the damage of Type-C connector. With Intelligent thermal balancing, QC 4+ charges via coolest path and eliminates hot spots. Improved dual charge feature reduces charge time by about 15 percent compared to its predecessor. So the Galaxy S9 flagship will charge faster and also at cooler temperatures.
Current rumours are saying that Samsung is going to unveil Galaxy S8 pre-loaded with Android 7.1 OS. Samsung always uses the latest android version in its flagship phones. So in Samsung S9, Samsung may use Android O operating system which is the next major revision of android. Android O runs smoother, faster and safer than Android Nougat. So Galaxy S9 may run much smoother and faster than its predecessor. Touch latency may also be improved in Galaxy S9. So touch response time decreases and responds faster than its predecessor.
Android O is coming with many exciting features like new Notificiation channels, Adaptive icons, Picture in Picture and so on. With new Notification channels feature, users can set customizable channels for Notifications. Notifications can also be snoozed in Android O and they reappear after certain time. Adaptive icons of launcher appear differently in different OEM devices. More details of software optimization in S9 will be revealed in coming months.
64GB internal memory variant of Galaxy S9 may come with price tag around $800. 128GB Internal memory variant might be priced around $900. 256GB inteenal memory variant might be priced around $1000. Confirmed price details of Samsung S9 will be revealed in coming months.
According to latest rumours, Galaxy S9 might be unveiled in MWC 2018 which will take place in February or March of 2018. So it may be available to buy from April 2018. Exact release dates of Galaxy S9 series will be revealed soon.
Update on 8/6/2017 :
According to Sammobile, the upcoming Galaxy S flagship is code named as Star. Star 2 is the Codename of the Galaxy S9 Plus flagship. The leak claims that Galaxy S9 has entered into development phase already and also 3 to 4 months earlier than the previous schedule. Samsung S9 and S9 Plus also come with much improved infinity display. Samsung may follow the design of the upcoming Note 8 in designing the upcoming S9 flagship.
Update on 11/6/2017 :
Gizbot claims that Snapdragon 845 SoC will come in January 2018. A Wiebo Post also suggested that Qualcomm is going to release Snapdragon 836 with minor improvements over 835 in July and SD 845 in January 2018. So it seems that Snapdragon 845 is going to power all 2018 flagships like Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, LG G7 and HTC U12. It also confirms that Qualcomm is already building Snapdragon 845 chipset in association with Samsung. The leak also suggested that Snapdragon 845 chipset will be built on 10nm FinFET process.
Update on 4/10/2017 :
According to Android Headlines Blog, the upcoming flagship System on Chip (SoC) from Qualcomm, is going to be clocked at 2.5 Ghz. The information comes from an Industry insider from China, so it seems that Qualcomm might stick with the same base clock speeds of Snapdragon 835 for its successor too. Previously, Snapdragon 821 maximally clocked at 2.35 Ghz and the clock speed is increased in SD 835 to 2.45 Ghz. SnapDragon 835 is 27% much faster than its predecessor and also energy efficient due to increased clock speeds and 10nm LPE node process.
Now if really, Snapdragon 845 comes with the clock speed of 2.5 Ghz according to the rumour, we may see only marginal increase in performance. But some rumours are flying that SD 845 will be built on TSMC’s 7nm process as per the recently signed agreement between two companies. If Snapdragon 845 is built on 7nm process, we will see massive reduction in energy usage and the chip size also decreases. All major flagship phones of 2018 like Galaxy S9, LG G7, HTC U12, Note 9, Xperia XZ2 and Google Pixel 3 will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC. As these are still rumours, we have to take them with a grain of salt.
Update on 9/10/2017 :
Some rumours claim that Snapdragon 845 chipset allegedly visits the Geekbench and beats Apple A9 chipset in single core benchmark tests. According to Sources like notebookcheck, Wccftech, Firstpost, the user ice-Universe of chinese microblogging site, Weibo originally posted this news. The latest chipset from Qualcomm, Snapdragon 835 scores around 2000 points in the single core benchmark tests while the new reports say that Snapdragon 845 scores above 2600 points in Geekbench 4 single core test. The Apple A9 chipset in the iPhone 6S scores 2500 in the Single core Geekbench 4.
The Apple A10 chipset in the iPhone 7 scores about 3400 points and A11 bionic chipset in iPhone 8 and X scores about 4100 points respectively in Geekbench 4 scores. So the single core score of Snapdragon 845 is much lower compared to the Apple’s latest chipsets but the multi-core score may be on-par with the score of A11 Bionic chipset from Apple. However, the multicore scores of SD 845 haven’t revealed so far.
Update on 12/10/2017 :
Samsung has unveiled new ISOCell Image sensors with many refinements and these new sensors are expected to be in the Samsung’s next year flagships like Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 9. The new Image sensors are much slimmer than the previous ones and are more suitable for bezelless, large Display flagships, according to Sammobile. One of the newly arrived image sensors is with 24 MP resolution and the other one is with 12MP Resolution. The features of the 12MP sensor include 1.28-micrometer, 12-megapixel ISOCELL Fast 2L9 with Dual Pixel technology and the features of 24MP sensor include ultra-small 0.9μm, 24-megapixel ISOCELL Slim 2X7 with Tetracell technology.
The 12MP sensor with the Dual Pixel tech can do ultra-fast auto-focus at reduced pixel size from 1.4μm to 1.28μm. Besides that the sensor can also create in-depth pictures with Bokeh effect similar to recent Pixel 2 XL.
The 24MP sensor with Tetracell technology which enables to shot bright pictures in low-light environments and detailed pictures in bright environments. Due to reduced pixel size of 0.9μm, the Sensor occupies less space and can be fitted in a smartphone with any Camera bump.
Phonearena says that any one of the two sensors or both sensors might be present in the Galaxy S9 flagship. The same trend may follow in Galaxy Note 9 and S9+ too.
We will update this post periodically with latest news of Galaxy S9 series.