Knock, Knock.. Who’s There?
It’s the Galaxy S9! that’s who! But after two months that is. The champion of Android is going to release its latest and greatest very soon and although my chances of ever owning this gorgeous and super advanced smartphone are slim to non existent doesn’t mean I can’t be excited for it.
In this article, we’ll dig deep into the rumors regarding the Galaxy S9.
This one will be trickier to hold than the last one but who cares just look at that curved and sexy Super AMOLED display, the s8 arguably had the most appealing design a smartphone could have. However, nothing is certain as of yet this is still just speculation but there’s a good chance that the phone just might end up looking like the rendered images released by.
The S9+ is also rumored to have dual lens which is a much wanted feature including a load of other amazing features which we’ll discuss shortly. The S9 series might not even be called the S9 but just for the sake of simplicity.
The Release Date
There is very little doubt that Samsung is going to make the Galaxy S9 look very similar to the galaxy S8 and a lot harder for someone like me to afford. Well, it’s no surprise that we’re starting to hear rumors and renders of the the galaxy S9 at this time of the year. Since, it’s probably going launch when it’s predecessor did near the end of February next year. Galaxy S9 is expected to be announced at the Mobile World Congress at Bercelona on February 25th or 27th according to a Korean news agency called the Bell.
However, S8 and S8+ were incredible smartphones but they did have a lot of weaknesses that the galaxy S9 series could try and improve. Especially their biometric scanning system, to be more specific the rear finger print scanner which was inconveniently placed near the camera lens and often failed to work properly. This time things might be different though.
What We Know So Far About The Galaxy S9..
According to a report that was made yesterday by Forbes, the design for the galaxy S9 has been confirmed. There you will find the final renders of the phone and as you may have noticed on image above the design has maintained similarities with the S8 and would look almost identical to untrained eyes.
But improvements have been made. The camera is positioned vertically at the center with the flash being adjacent to it. The finger print scanner has been shifted below the camera lens to avoid smudges. The bezels are slightly thinner than the Galaxy S8 series.
The aspect ratio of the screen is rumored to use the dimensions of its predecessor the S8 which was 18.5:9. There are some speculations regarding the actual screen size of the Galaxy S9 but chances are it will retain 5.8 inches like the S8. However, another rumor suggests it may be released in at 5.65 inches. It will also retain its traditional QHD+ Super AMOLED edge to edge curved infinity display and there’s no complaint there. The screen of the S9+ however, will be a massive 6.2 inches of edge to edge curved infinity display (570ppi / 529ppi).
On the top of the screen in-screen scanner which is expected to have its own Face ID like the iPhone X. And both sides of the phone is expected to be wrapped in a water-repellent- coating.
The Galaxy S9 Hardware
The S9 is expected to be run on the Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor for the Asian version, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 for the US variant. Rumor also suggests that the Galaxy s9’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipsets will go easier on the battery life and drain up to 30% less power from the battery, offers up to 1.2 GBPS download speeds and will run 4K video at 60 frames per second. The part I don’t get is why use two different chipsets for the same device? Suffice it to say both of these chipsets are monstrously powerful processing machines; just look at their geekbench scores!
Lets Compare The Two Chipsets Separately
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 will operate on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon which is going to be a 10nm LPP(link peripheral processor). While both of these chipsets bring a ton of features to the table and are complete beasts at processing power. The Snapdragon 845 performs better by a considerable margin than the Exynos 9 Series 9810 while on multicore processing as suggested by the Geekbench scores. If you want to see what this chip can do first hand and can’t wait till February it’s currently being hosted by Xiomi MI 7.
Qualcomm claims the Snapdragon 845 is a chip that will enhance both artificial intelligence and immersion. At its core lies the Kryo 385, the semi-custom, upgraded CPU. It’s an eight-core device, with four performance cores running at 2.8GHz and four energy-efficient cores running at 1.8GHz. That represents a 25- to 30-percent improvement over the existing Snapdragon 835 in the performance cores, and a 15-percent improvement in the smaller, energy-efficient cores.
Your Info Is Safe
This Chipset offers a dedicated security chip. The Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm’s first SoC to have an SPU (secure processing unit), which is a subsystem designed to protect data about your fingerprints, iris, mobile payments, SIM etc. The SPU will generate a unique key that is required to be decrypted to access any photos you’ve taken or documents you have downloaded. This feature may also be used to produce keys to safeguard your conversations on Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.
Better Filming Experience
Snapdragon 845 will allow you to record 4K HDR videos at 60fps due to it’s image signal processing which should result in clips with improved contrast, vibrant colors, and better details. Slow-motion videos will also work better, now that SD 845 can record 480 fps at 720p, or 240 fps at 1080P.
Faster Internet Better Connectivity
Snapdragon 845 will feature Qualcomm’s latest X20 LTE modem which supports speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps, along with 802.11 AD Wi-Fi and even Bluetooth 5.0 specifically aimed at wireless earbuds to work better.
Enhanced Performance & Graphics
The Graphics and performance of the SD 845 is said to be at least 25-30 percent better than the SD 835. The phone will definitely work faster due to the Kryo 385 that has 4 A74 cores that can be clock up to 2.8 Ghz and 4 A55 Efficiency cores that handle the less power taxing tasks. The primary advantages of this extra performance will be noticed while using the Adreno 630 powered mobile VR experiences like a Gear VR or Google Daydream. And when combined with Qualcomm’s new Multiview rendering, the Snapdragon 845 should be capable of hitting 120 fps at 2K x 2K resolutions.
A Machine Learns
The AI-based visual recognition with the Hexagon 685 digital signal processor handles traditional image processing duties and serving as a sensor hub for all your fingerprint, iris, and face scanners that might be on your phone and it should also be more efficient at analyzing and identifying objects seen by your phone’s camera.
Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor
Exynos 9 Series 9810 is specified as Samsung SM-G960F on the Geekbench table. Not much is known about the this chipset but it scores higher on single core performances when compared to the SD 845. It features an octa-core CPU which includes four Samsung’s second generation custom designed main CPU cores for enhanced performance and power efficiency and four Cortex A53 cores. The second generation custom CPU core delivers significantly improved performance and energy efficiency through improved IP and architectural design. Furthermore, Samsung Coherent Interconnect (SCI) is also upgraded to support cache coherency between the CPU and GPU for HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) which enables faster calculations in fields such as artificial intelligence and deep learning.
Samsung claims that the Exynos 8895 has advanced MFC (Multi-Format Codec) that supports recording and playback of video content at a maximum resolution of 4K UHD at 120fps with the latest video codecs, including HEVC(H.265), H.264, and VP9. The Image Signal Processor (ISP) is expected to support high resolutions up to 28MP for each rear and front camera with advanced features such as Smart WDR and PDAF.
To put things in the most boringly specific details, Samsung’s Exynos 8895 has 2.3GHz Quad-Core (Custom CPU) + 1.7GHz Quad-Core (Cortex-A53) CPU, The Graphics will be processed by Mali-G71 MP20 GPU, and LPDDR4x RAM. For photography, it supports a maximum of 28-megapixel rear camera, 28-megapixel front camera and a dual camera setup consisting of a 28-megapixel sensor and a 16-megapixel sensor as well. It can handle a display resolution of up to WQUXGA (3840×2400) and 4K UHD (4096×2160).
The image below shows all the features the Exynos 8895 has in a simplified manner.
Keep in mind that these are mostly untested data and not much is yet known about the chipset’s actual performance while in usage. Hence, we’ll just have to wait until the S9 series is finally released.
The Ram & Rom
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices are expected feature 4 gigabytes and an astonishing 6 gigabytes of ram respectively. The storage options might start with a staggering 6r gigabytes and rumor suggests that it is possible that the Galaxy S9 might provide up to 512 gigabytes of internal storage which will put any smartphone available in the market including the iPhone X to shame.
On December 5th Samsung announced the production of 512 gigabyte flash storage drives for mobile devices which means the upcoming galaxy handset might get one. This will significantly improve the smartphone’s usefulness and we will finally have the abundance of data accessibility in our hands instead of having to put it on an external hard drive.
That being said, the s9 series will also have expandable memory options of 256 gigabytes just in case. You will certainly have a hard time filling it all up.
According to a new Chinese report, the Galaxy S9 is expected to come with a 3200 mAh battery which is a step in the right direction for any mobile device. That is a step up from the 3000 mAh battery the S8 use to have. It might result to a thicker phone, but I’m glad to have a an hour or two more of usable battery life than phone that I might be able to cut an apple with; no pun intended.
However, no information could be found as of yet about the Battery mAh of the Galaxy S9+. However, I have a feeling that it’s safe to assume the Galaxy S9+ might have a few hundred mAh more than the S8+ which had a 3500 mAh battery.
You may have a good idea of what the cameras of the S9 series might be capable of if you’ve read everything above. Samsung claims that the S9’s camera will surpass the S8 & S8+ in quality. Other than all the technological bells and whistles that come with the Snapdragon 845 that enhances the camera, they have introduced new camera sensors which have f1.5 aperture. Samsung is also developing a camera sensor that is capable of shooting 1000 frames per second due to both of its beasty processing units.
The S9 is expected to have a single lens front and rear camera and the S9+ is expected to have a dual lens camera. However, I could not find any reports regarding the planned camera resolution. But it is safe to assume the cameras will be more powerful than its predecessors.
The operating system for the upcoming Galaxy S9 will be the Android 8.0.0 Oreo. But there is a chance of it coming with 8.1 during the time of announcement due to 8.0 not being the latest version which I personally hope happens. It would be wise for them to do so since the new Pixel and the Nexus smartphones are both already using Android 8.1. Samsung is notorious for being slow at updating to the latest versions of android which lead to some bad PR when people started reviewing the S8 and S8+. I’m hoping that can change for the better in 2018.
How Much Will It Cost?
Samsung Galaxy S9 price speculations are in short supply for now, but one can take a good guess at retail pricing judging from the past. At launch earlier this year, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were available at £689 and £779 respectively. But the iPhone X has ruined everything by their record high price, and Samsung has picked up a few things from Apple in the past. There is a fair chance that Samsung galaxy S9 may follow that example.
But on the Contrary many rumors suggest that the price may also be lower this time. if you’re planning on buying the Galaxy S9, chances are that you may have to pay somewhere between £649 and £799 for the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is certainly making an early impressions to impress its fans before it even releases into the market. But aside from the hardware almost everything looks the same as the S8, not that it’s an issue but I would have liked to see some new tech being integrated into the device like the bendable feature or a few changes here and there that would make the phone look a bit more different. But assuming nothing blows up, I believe that the Galaxy S9 is going to make a hell of an entry.