Samsung is now gearing up to launch the 2018 versions of its flagship Galaxy series, the S9 and the S9+. They have an unpacked event scheduled for the 25th February, which is just prior to this years Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona.
Both handsets will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 (if you’re in the US and China, and Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 systems-on-chip in the rest of the world.
Unlike last year’s S8 and S8+ devices, which were nearly identical except for size differences in their Super AMOLED display diagonals, it appears that these two new devices will have some major differences. The S9+ comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, whilst the S9 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage to play with. This makes it difficult for users to have the the smaller screened device with the higher end internals.
Looking at the Unpacked invitation that has arrived here at Coolsmartphone Towers, it does suggest that the main feature of the new devices will be centred on imaging, possibly on the software and hardware fronts. Motion-detected, “super slow-mo” video capture (rapid movement triggers 480fps recording at 720p), has been mentioned, as well as variable aperture. This is a mechanical adjustment that switches between f/2.4 and smallest-in-class f/1.5 fitted to the 12 megapixel rear camera.
The Galaxy S9+ also gets a second 12-megapixel rear camera module, but this one has a standard fixed aperture. These rear camera modules are aligned vertically, meaning the rear fingerprint scanner is placed in a more sensible location, the front camera is an 8-megapixel shooter and stereo speakers.
We expect the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to begin shipping, and selling through retail, on March 16.