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Rumors suggest Samsung is well underway with the Galaxy S9 – here’s what we’ve heard and what we want to see from the phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 hit stores in early 2017, so it makes sense that we’re hearing about the Samsung Galaxy S9, as it might only be months away.
The rumors are coming thick and fast for what the new phone will look like and feature, so we’ve rounded up the best of them here – as well as answering some key questions.
And below all that you’ll find our wish list of the various things we most want from Samsung’s next flagship.
The latest leaks suggest the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (and presumably also the standard S9) will have an Exynos 9810 chipset, at least in some regions, and just 4GB of RAM.
We’re expecting £639 / $725 / AU$1200 based on current projections, as we’re expecting the Galaxy S9 to come in around the same price as its predecessor. Given we’re not expecting massive design changes, we doubt too high a price rise.
We’re expecting a March 2018 launch. While recent rumors suggest the S9 will launch in January, that seems too early given people are locked into contract cycles.
We so far know nothing about when the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be announced, so we’ll just have to go off what Samsung has done in the past.
Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 in late March, so we’d expect it will follow up with the Galaxy S9 roughly a year later, at the end of March 2018.
But it was late in announcing the Galaxy S8 in 2017 – the company waited about a month longer than normal, so it’s possible that the S9 will land around the end of February, in which case it might be launched at Mobile World Congress 2018, as that’s likely to take place at that sort of time.
Recent rumors state that – due to the fact the OLED screens that are likely to be used in the phones are being created earlier than usual – the Galaxy S9 will launch in January, but that would seem far too early for many reasons, not least because people who bought the S8 wouldn’t be eligible to upgrade to it right away.
What we can safely predict is that the Samsung Galaxy S9 is sure to be expensive, as the Galaxy S8 launched at $720, £689, AU$1,199.
Not much is known about the Samsung Galaxy S9, but some sources claim the company has been working on the phone for a while.
The Bell reports unnamed industry sources saying that Samsung has been hard at work on the display panels for the Galaxy S9 since late March 2017. If true, that’s apparently about 6 months earlier than usual.
Samsung and Qualcomm have also started working on a new mobile chip according to The Investor. The chip is apparently likely to be called the Snapdragon 845 – up from the Snapdragon 835 found in some versions of the Galaxy S8 – and is supposedly going to be used in the Samsung Galaxy S9.
The Snapdragon 845’s use has again been rumored, this time by a reasonably reliable source, so it’s looking likely.
So far we don’t know anything about the power or performance of the Snapdragon 845 chipset, but we’d wager it won’t be the only one Samsung uses, with a new Exynos chip likely headed to S9 handsets in some parts of the world.
And speaking of a new Exynos chip, Samsung has now unveiled the Exynos 9810, which is likely to be used in the S9 outside of the US.
It includes an LTE modem which supports theoretical download speeds of 1.2Gbps – faster than any other phone, meaning you could potentially download an HD movie within just 10 seconds.
However, it seems unlikely that we’ll get 6GB of RAM inside, which is what many smartphone brands (especially Asian ones) are doing – with Samsung apparently set to stick with the much-more-sensible 4GB spec instead .
That’s a claim that’s been echoed by a recent benchmark for the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, but it’s slightly surprising given that the Galaxy Note 8 has 6GB of RAM.
The benchmark is questionable though, as while it lists the Exynos 9810 chipset, which is likely to be used, along with Android Oreo, the actual scores achieved by the phone in the benchmark are far lower than we’d expect from a Samsung flagship, so the listing could be fake.
Elsewhere, it seems one of the big chipset developments may allow the company to include a much bigger battery. A new report suggests Samsung will now use Substrate-like PCB tech that will allow the Exynos chipset manufacturer to include a bigger battery without increasing the size of the processor.
That may mean the extra battery won’t be on the Qualcomm Snapdragon-toting Galaxy S9, but it could mean big improvements for those who get the Exynos version.
One of the big issues with the Samsung Galaxy S8 was the fact the fingerprint sensor was shoved to the back of the phone, after rumors abounded that the reader was supposed to go under the display’s glass but it just didn’t work.
However, the new Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor can sit below quite thick displays, and OLED technology (used in Samsung flagship phones) was specifically mentioned.
All of that points to the Samsung Galaxy S9 having fingerprint-sensing technology below the glass.
Then again, one tipster claims an in-screen scanner isn’t in the cards, as does another recent report, so don’t count on that feature just yet.
A possible alternative could come in the form of a fingerprint scanner built into a notch at the bottom of the screen, a bit like the one on the Essential Phone but at the bottom rather than the top.
That theory is based on a patent which shows exactly that, but patents often don’t get used in products, so it may well not happen.
Galaxy S9 will use 3D sensor front camera October 12,2017
Either way, Samsung might offer a new way for you to unlock your phone, with leaker @UniverseIce claiming that the Galaxy S9 will have a ‘3D sensor front camera’.
They don’t explain what they mean by that, but it sounds a lot like the iPhone X ‘s Face ID system which allows you to use facial recognition to unlock the phone. And the 3D part suggests that like Apple’s solution it won’t be fooled by a picture. We wouldn’t count on this feature, but we wouldn’t rule it out either.
When it comes to the camera, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is rumored to be able to shoot some incredible slow motion video.
Industry sources claim Samsung is working on a rear camera that can shoot at 1,000 frames per second, which would be better than anything on the market in a phone right now.
The Galaxy S9 is sure to get some new features too, one of which could be a modular design, with magnets on the back letting you attach hardware accessories (which could take the form of battery packs, zoom lenses or any number of other things), a bit like Motorola’s Moto Mods.
Only one source has mentioned this possibility so far, so we’d take it with a huge pinch of salt, but it could be a key selling point of the S9 if true.
We’ve also seen a Samsung patent for a sensor which would analyze atmospheric conditions and alert you to how much pollution there was in the air.

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