Samsung S9 and S9 Plus To Launch on 25th February 2018
Samsung has sent out media invites for an event that the company is hosting on 25th February 2018. The event is happening at the upcoming MWC 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.
Besides, Samsung every year unveil the new Galaxy Flagship phones around the same time. This year phones as we know are called S9 and S9 Plus, successor to the S8 and S8 plus.
The Duo will be the key attraction at the MWC. Not to mention, the upgraded LG V30, Nokia 9 may come to the party. Another show stopper can be the highly anticipated Xiaomi Mi 7 or the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s.
Before we get into details about the upcoming Samsung phones, let’s take a quick journey in the past.
Released in 2015, Samsung S6 was a good phone but came with a smaller battery (2550 mAH) capacity that led to lesser sales volumes. To make things worse, Samsung even added a Quad HD display that further ruined the battery life.
But Samsung S7 and S7 edge are immaculate devices, with a stunning display, fast performance, and incredible cameras.
Last Year the brand launched the S8 and S8 Plus. Both the phones are ahead of the curve and came with the voguish bezel-less display.
But there was no further improvement in the Camera in comparison to the S7. In fact, Apple, Google, HTC are playing catch up with Samsung for almost last 2 years.
Samsung releases phones in early March with the flagship processor and other cutting-edge technology and rest of the industry than adapt it.
But the question is, can Samsung do something unique this year that keep it ahead of the rivals?
We will find a definite answer on 25th February, but for now, there are a lot of promising things that the leaks are suggesting about the new S9 and S9 Plus.
For starters, the most significant leak so far is the variable aperture camera that works like a DSLR.
The variable aperture camera means the camera can change the aperture size based on the lighting condition. As per the leaks, S9 can have the biggest aperture camera with f/1.5 in comparison to the LG V30 that comes with F/1.6 aperture.
Moreover, the camera has an aperture range from f/1.5 to f/2.4. So in low light conditions, it can use f/1.5 aperture and for portrait shots with deep bokeh can utilize the f/2.4 aperture.
However, it is not clear if we can have multiple stops between the aperture range to perfect the shots, perhaps in the manual mode.
Furthermore, Samsung is teasing 4 new ISOCELL camera sensors: Bright, Fast, Slim and Dual.
All these sensors serve different purposes and help improve the overall imaging experience.
For instance, the Bright Isocell sensor uses the Samsung Tetra-cell technology to merge four neighboring pixels to form a large pixel, to click a brighter image.
Similarly, the Isocell Fast sensor allows for 1080P video recording at 480 FPS.
It is almost 2 years since we saw the revolutionary Samsung S7 camera, we are hoping to see discernable improvements in the upcoming phones.
Tragically, the leaks suggest that Samsung will use the Dual camera set up only in the more expensive S9 plus whereas the S9 will have a single rear camera.
Samsung in the previous series has not done this, but probably company wants to make more money by pushing the sales of the expensive model.
Notably, the S9 will have a single camera with 12 MP lens with f/1.5 to f/2.4 aperture, and the S9 plus will flaunt Dual 12 MP camera.
Also, the front camera is not getting a megapixel bump but will have 8 MP lens similar to the S8 series.
Design, Performance, and OS
Samsung is essentially going to use the same display size and design as the S8 and the S8 plus, with some minor tweaks.
The Samsung S9 will come with the 5.8 Inch Display with the QHD+ (2960*1440) pixels AMOLED Display and with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. On the other hand, the elder sibling will have the 6.2 Inch display with similar resolution and aspect ratio.
Both the phones will run on the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and some countries will get the Samsung Exynos 9810 processor. Both the processors are made from the 10 Nm manufacturing process similar to the Apple A11 chipset.
As per a leaked image of Samsung S9 box, it still has 4 GB Ram and 64 GB internal storage.
The S9 plus comes with 128 GB storage and 6 GB RAM. The 4 GB Ram seems low for 2018 and 2019 since most flagship phones now offer 6 GB ram as standard.
Furthermore, it comes with the Android Oreo 8.0 OS along with the Samsung experience 9.0 UI.
Another highlight feature can be considerably improved sound quality. The sound is Achilles heel for Samsung, and despite several attempts, they lag rivals in this department. Samsung is partnering with AKG to improve speaker and earphone sound quality; we hope they do a better job this time.
To recall, a couple of days back Vivo unveiled the Vivo X20 Plus UD, the first in-display fingerprint scanner mobile. We still don’t know if Samsung is going to use this technology in the upcoming Galaxy phones. The chances are slim. However, we can expect an improved IRIS scanner in the S9 and S9 plus.
Lastly, the phones have similar batteries as the S8 and S8 Plus, fast/wireless charging, and water/ dust proof IP 68 rating.
So let’s wait for some more exciting leaks and actual launch on 25th Feb, stay tuned for more 🙂