1Galaxy S9: How Samsung Will Improve on Its Flagship Handset Line
Coming off a successful year with the launch of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8, Samsung is already preparing for the release of its Galaxy S9. According to an ever-growing number of reports, Samsung plans to release updates to its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in March or April of next year. And when that happens, the Galaxy S9 line will reportedly come with an improved processor, refined designs and some important tweaks that will make using the smartphones even more appealing. Samsung will also ensure that some of the finer things in the earlier handsets remain. This eWEEK slide show looks at some of the most prominent rumors about what Samsung has planned for the Galaxy S9.
2Expect Only Minor Design Changes
3Is a Third Galaxy S9 in the Works?
In an interesting twist, some reports say Samsung will deliver not two, but three new Galaxy S9 smartphones next year. The first two, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, will be minor upgrades over last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. But a third phone, a Galaxy S9 Mini, would boast a 4-inch screen. All other features should be the same.
4Bring On the Dual-Lens Camera
5Fingerprint Sensor Finds a New Home
As discussed, Samsung is said to be planning to move the physical fingerprint sensor baked into the Galaxy S9. Rather than place it to the side of the rear cameras, Samsung will reportedly move it under the dual-lens camera. It’s worth noting that the dual cameras will be vertically aligned, according to reports.
6Qualcomm Will Be Inside
7A True Face ID Competitor Comes to Galaxy
8Fast-Charging, Long-Lasting Battery Is a Near Guarantee
No surprise here, but tipsters are saying the Galaxy S9 smartphones will come with fast-charging batteries. In fact, there’s a good chance that the Galaxy S9’s battery will last all day on a single charge and will be replenished in no time. The Galaxy S8 offered the feature, which makes its addition to the Galaxy S9 a near guarantee.
9Fast Modem Connectivity Gives Galaxy S9 an Edge
10Don’t Expect Major Display Changes
11Galaxy S9 Will Have Same Pricing, but Earlier Availability
Samsung likely won’t modify pricing on its Galaxy S9 line, instead keeping to its existing cost structure. However, the company is expected to unveil the device around Mobile World Congress in February 2018 and could deliver it to store shelves soon after in early March or at the latest, April.