We have heard several rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9, including specs and a possible dual-camera setup. A new report today provides more concrete details, especially regarding the camera system, and a possible earlier announcement.
According to VentureBeat’s Evan Blass, the S9 and S9+ will be shown off at CES 2018 in January, which is only about two months away. According to a new rumor allegedly originating from “someone briefed on the company’s plans”. It’s unclear how much information about the devices will be shared on that occasion, however, since Samsung apparently still plans to hold an official unveiling event in March.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will have the exact same screen sizes as their predecessors, and very similar looks. There is going to be a strategy change, though, since unlike what it did with the S8 and S8+ Samsung plans to differentiate more of the S9 and S9+’s specs. The smaller device (SM-G960) is codenamed Star 1 and feature the same 5.8-inch curved AMOLED display, while the S9+ (SM-G965) uses a 6.2-inch panel.
The new handsets will boast 10nm chipsets, which we assume are going to be either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 or a new Exynos part, depending on market. The Galaxy S9 will also only feature 4GB of RAM versus 6GB on the larger unit. Shared specs include 64GB of storage expandable via microSD and the 3.5 millimeter audio jack.
VentureBeat also notes the addition of AKG stereo speakers, with Samsung working on a new DeX docking station where the S9 is used as a touchpad or virtual keyboard.
The area that will house the rear camera on the S9 (and dual cameras on the S9+) and the fingerprint sensor will be arranged vertically this time around, with the scanner on the bottom, so it definitely looks like Samsung’s been listening to user feedback regarding the odd placement of the biometric sensor in this year’s models. And in another first, the S9 family will come with AKG-branded stereo speakers.
Samsung will be launching a new DeX docking station too, alongside the S9 and S9+. This will be backwards compatible with the company’s 2017 flagships, and will allow the phones to lay flat and turn their screens into a touchpad or a virtual keyboard when attached to an external display.
We don’t know how many specifications or features will be revealed at this CES announcement, but it sounds like there’ll be some interesting stuff on the S9 and S9+, despite this being a minor upgrade.
It’s unclear what exactly will be revealed in Las Vegas, as the launch is still pegged for March at another event.