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Contrary to popular belief, the Galaxy S9 won’t be all that different from the S8.Samsung already has basically perfected the design. The only external changes will be the dual cameras and the fingerprint sensor placement. The main changes will be inside the phone. Thanks to the Snapdragon 845, the Galaxy S9 will be one of the most powerful phones on the market, though still a bit behind Apple’s A11 processor. It won’t have a facial depth sensor like in the iPhone X, but-great news- IT STILL HAS A HEADPHONE JACK!  Hyped now? C’mon, let’s dive into the (mostly nerdy) details.

Design changes

The Galaxy S8 fingerprint sensor placement was an unfortunate move by Samsung. We all can agree on that. Good news: They will be fixing it. It will be below the dual camera setup, which is a much better place.  Thanks Samsung. The Galaxy S9 developers have made a ‘pact’ to make the front of the Galaxy S9 a 90% screen-to-body ratio. For comparison, the S8 is approximately 84%. That means the device itself will be smaller, while the screen will be the same size as before. There is also the consideration of the front camera, speakers, and other sensors won’t have enough room. Samsung accounted for this by having a very narrow bezel on the top, and almost none on the bottom.

Processor

Let’s start with the biggest change. Qualcomm recently confirmed the existence of the Snapdragon 845, the most powerful Android processor yet. This new processor will increase battery life by up to 30%, and speed up performance by 25% as claimed by Qualcomm. It also includes a new Secure Processing Unit (SPU) which securely stores passwords and biometric data, isolated from the rest of the unit. It supports Quick Charge 4+, bringing devices from 0% to 50% in 15 minutes. It also is focusing on AI, as well as anticipating the adoption of 5G networks. Below is a detailed look at each component of the 845:

  • CPU: There are 4x 2.8GHz cores, and 4x 1.7 GHz cores in the Kryo 385 CPU.
  • GPU: Adreno 630 GPU, with 30% better graphics processing and 2x 2400×2400 @ 120 FPS for VR support.
  • Modem: x20 LTE with 1.3Gbps down and 150Mbps up.
  • Audio: Qualcomm Aqstic Audio
  • AI Processing: The 3rd Generation Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 685 DSP supports sophisticated, on-device AI processing, delivering richer camera, voice, XR and gaming experiences.
  • Camera Processing: Spectra 280 with up to 16 MP dual camera, 32 MP single camera, dual 14-bit ISPs, Hybrid Autofocus, Hardware Accelerated Face Detection, Multi-frame Noise Reduction (MFNR), Active Depth Sensing, and HDR Video Recording.

Just because it supports all these things doesn’t mean that the Galaxy S9 will have all of them.

Camera:

The Galaxy S9 will have dual 16MP cameras on the back, and an 8MP selfie camera as well as a 3MP iris scanner camera. There are rumors that this camera will have an unheard of f-stop, and legendary low light performance (more so than now). There will not be a facial depth sensor like on the iPhone X.

 

Screen

The Galaxy S9/S9+ will have the same screen sizes, resolutions, and 18.5:9 screen ratio as the S8, which are 5.8” and 6.2” with a resolution of 2960×1440. It will support full HDR, and is still by far the best screen on the market, with no competitor even coming close.

Battery

The S9 is expected to have a 3,300mAh, from the S8’s 3,000mAh, the S9+ is expected to have 3,500mAh. No explosions just in case you were wondering.

Galaxy S9 Estimated Battery Life Chart:

  • 60 hours MP3 playing (AOD on)
  • 29 hours of talk time
  • 21 hours of internet surfing (WiFi)
  • 18.5 hours of internet surfing (4G)

Storage

The Galaxy S9 will come with up to 512GB of internal storage, outdoing Apple’s 256GB. microSD slot capable of another whopping 512GB makes this phone have more storage than a lot of laptops!

The S9 will most likely come with 6GB RAM, which is a great balance between battery life and performance.

Android 8.0 Oreo

Oreo is Android’s latest big update. There are a lot of cool new features coming, and here’s a few of the coolest:

  • Increased battery performance.
  • Picture in picture.
  • Notification dots on app icons.
  • Password autofill.
  • Easy “Free Up Space” option.
  • Get app updates even when your storage is full: Your phone only needs 100kB of free space; the update streams from Google’s servers and installs on the fly.

There’s more, but you get the gist. It’s pretty awesome.

Launch Date and Price

Finally! You thought we’d never get to it.

Launch Date: Samsung was initially rumored to be announcing the Galaxy S9 at CES 2018, but most sources now say that Samsung has no such intention. They will most likely announce it in Feb-Mar, and release it in April – May.

Price: The starting price for the S9 will be ~ $850 in US dollars, and the S9+ will start at ~ $950 US dollars.

Verdict:

If you have the money, Get it! Otherwise wait until prices drop. The S9 isn’t cheap, but it’s a good deal cheaper than an iPhone X. The S8 was great enough, but still had its flaws. They ironed out pretty much everything in the S9.

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