Galaxy S9: Rumors, Specs, Release Date, and More!
The Galaxy S9 is on its way, and this is everything we know so far about Samsung’s next flagship.
Even today, there’s no denying that the Galaxy S8 is still one of the best-looking phones on the market. Its Quad HD AMOLED Infinity Display is a thing of beauty, its camera takes excellent photos, and even Samsung’s software is finally enjoyable for once. All of the greatness found with the S8 has put a lot of pressure and expectations on the S9, and although it probably won’t be as big of an upgrade as the S8 was from the S7, it’ll still likely be one of the best phones of 2018. Here’s everything we know!
The Galaxy S9 will look a lot like the S8
If you were hoping for a big design upgrade with the S9, you better stop now before you get your hopes up too much. According to a source that spoke with Venture Beat, the S9 will share a very similar look compared to the S8. There will still be two models to choose from with the same screen sizes of 5.8 and 6.2-inches, the curved Infinity Display isn’t going anywhere, and we’ll also likely see the same use of a metal frame with a glass back.
Only the S9+ will get dual rear-cameras
Samsung’s first phone to ship with dual cameras was the Note 8, and as expected, this is a feature that’ll trickle over to the S9. However, only the larger Galaxy S9+ is reported to receive this treatment. The smaller S9 will retain a single camera, and while we don’t expect it to take bad photos, this disparity between the smaller and larger variants is new for Samsung. On that same note, the S9+ will also receive a small performance boost with an upgraded 6GB of RAM compared to the S9’s 4GB count.
Thankfully, no matter which variant of the S9 you choose, the fingerprint sensor will be moved below the camera and no longer horrible to use.
Don’t worry – the 3.5mm headphone jack will remain (probably)
One trend we’ve seen throughout 2017 is the rapid removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. This is something that the likes of Apple, Google, Motorola, and HTC have all been more than willing to follow suit with, but we shouldn’t have to worry about this with the S9.
Venture Beat’s same source supposedly confirmed that the Galaxy S9 will keep the headphone jack, and this lines up with a leaked case render for the phone that shows a covered section for the coveted port.
We could see the phones as early as January at CES
The Galaxy S phones are some of the first flagships that we see each year, but the S9 could make an appearance earlier than any of its older siblings. Although the S9 still won’t launch until some point in March, Samsung will reportedly be at CES in January for an early showing of its new hardware.
We more than likely won’t get any official spec, pricing, or availability info if this turns out to be true, but at the very least, we’ll get a quick preview of the phone to get an idea for what to expect later in the year.