Galaxy S9 and S9+ review
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ had hardly been unleashed into the world less than 6 months ago and the rumour mill has already started about the upcoming S9.Here’s what we know about the S9/S9+ so far:
The S9 and S9+, despite the expected futuristic bezel-less aesthetics, will be a nicely-crafted sandwich between glass and aluminum. The finger print scanner embedded under the display is on everyone’s wish list, yet it’s doubtful whether this feat can be achieved and there is a high probability that a rear-mounted sensor will be attached instead.
Samsung recently added 2 camera sensors to its lineup so it’s highly probable that S9 and S9+ will have it out of the box. These new range of ISOCELL image sensors will be bright, fast, slim and dual.
The first one features a 12MP camera sensor having Dual Pixel technology called the Fast 2L9. It comes equipped with 1.28μm pixels which are capable of fast auto focusing and depth-of-field effects, just like the new Google Pixels do.
The second one features a 24MP camera sensor having Tetracell technology called the Slim 2X7. It is equipped with 0.9μm pixels which makes it the first camera sensor to have pixels of that size.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will most likely feature 4K video recording at 60fps. Galaxy Note 8 is on the verge of having this feature via a software update, which makes it certain enough that Galaxy S9 and S9+ will definitely have it.
Both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be powered by either a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset or an Exynos 9 Octa 9810 chipset by Samsung. The new high-end Snapdragon chip contains an Adreno 630 graphics unit for graphic-intensive tasks like games, augmented and virtual reality. Another of Snapdragon’s high-end feature could be its modem, which could be equipped with 5G, allowing it to theoretically top downlink speeds of 1.2Gbps. With the Snapdragon’s single-core score of 2422 and a multi-core score of 8351 points, the device will set new standards for Android performance.
A standard 6GB RAM is expected in the upcoming S9 and the S9+, which is similar to what to what the Galaxy Note 8 has. The 8GB RAM could also be on the cards but nothing is set in stone and we are yet to find out.
A 64GB of base storage looks set to feature in both the Galaxy S9 and the S9+, yet there is a possibility of 128GB of storage in the premium versions. Support for the microSD card slot will likely remain, making it popular amongst people who watch their videos in 4K resolution.
The S9 is expected to boast a 3,200mAh unit while the S9+ will likely feature a 3,700mAh unit under its trunk.
It’s almost definite the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will feature fast wireless charging on deck due to it becoming the latest trend in the industry. It is expected that Samsung will introduce an all-new 10W wireless charger for the Galaxy S9 but everything right now is nothing more than mere speculation.
Price and release date
We expect the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to cost as much as the S8 and S8+ did at their launch. When the Galaxy S8 was launched, it cost around $749 while S8+ was priced around $849.
Consequently, we expect Galaxy S9 to start at $749 (Rs. 82,500), while S9+ could be priced around $849 (Rs. 93,500). Adding the safe $50 margin, we could be faced at around $799 (Rs. 88,000) for the Galaxy S9 while $899 (Rs. 99,000) for S9+.
Regarding the launch date, we might see the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at either MWC 2018 which is starting on February 25, 2018 or at a media event later that year.
So mark your calendars for that anticipated event and rest assured we will keep you updated.