An invitation released by Samsung to the media bore the slogan “The Camera. Reimagined,” suggesting huge improvements in the camera department, industry watchers said.
The Galaxy S9 reportedly has a camera with a variable aperture arrangement that can allow users to take pictures at a very fast f/1.5 to a slightly slower f/2.4, depending on conditions, the sources said. A lower f-stop translates into more light hitting the sensor resulting in better low-light performance. A better aperture on a lens can permit higher shutter speeds and out-of-focus blur that is favored for portrait shots by many photographers.
The Galaxy S8 main camera is still rated one of the best in the business, with an aperture of f/1.7 compared with the slightly better f/1.6 adopted by LG Electronics’ V30 smartphone.
The Galaxy S9 Plus will feature a dual camera with optical zoom functionality, the Galaxy S9 will have just a single module. There have been hints that the S9 may be able to easily shoot hundreds of shots in very quick succession so the images can be viewed in super slow motion.
The report further added, Galaxy S9 camera will carry Samsung’s latest ISOCELL mobile imaging sensor, which can permit more shots to be processed more quickly by the smartphone.
Also, Galaxy S9 will reportedly feature a kind of facial recognition system that uses advanced camera sensors, similar to the TrueDepth system found on the iPhone X from Apple. An improved biometric authentication system called “Intelligent Scan” will reportedly combine iris scanning technology from Samsung’s previous models and face recognition.
The Galaxy S9 smartphones are widely expected to ship with the newest Infinity Display that curves around the edges of the smartphone and gives the device an almost bezel-less appearance. It is also reported that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will retain the current screen sizes of 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches, respectively.
The company will also reportedly showcase a mobile application processor (AP) with enhanced features for multi-tasking, as well as artificial-intelligence platforms that could be used in the Galaxy S9 smartphone.
Samsung will also reportedly equip the Galaxy S9 with 4 gigabytes (GB) of memory and the S9 Plus with 6 GB memory and 128 GB of storage. The Exynos 9810 processor for international models and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor for US models.
Samsung is widely forecast to launch the Galaxy S9 smartphones in lilac purple, midnight black, titanium grey and blue coral, although these colors may not hit the market at the same time, with some not available in certain countries. Samsung said that it is unveiling lilac purple on its flagship for the first time.
The smartphone is set to be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress, which kicks off Feb. 25. The Galaxy S9 pre-orders to kick off sometime early March in South Korea and prices will be around US$920, higher than last year’s Galaxy S8.