But Samsung, which sells more phones globally than Apple or any other vendor, is rumored to have no shortage of new, cool features on deck for its next flagship — which we’ll call the Galaxy S9 for now — due sometime around… well, that’s actually up for debate.
The rumors about the phone’s features range from bleeding-edge (e.g., it will be foldable) to vintage (e.g., it will have a headphone jack). Everything we recently learned about Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 845 processor, which is likely to power the Galaxy S9, points to significant advancements in camera and security technology.
As Apple’s the debacle of its Note 7, which was recalled twice in 2016 due to exploding batteries.)and and dominated the spotlight through the holiday season, Samsung remained, undoubtedly, waiting in the wings, eager to launch its response in 2018. (And move even further on from
With an announcement likely to come sometime in the next few months, more details are sure to leak. What follows is a collection of what we know for sure and what we’re hearing in the wind about the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S9.
Apple has made “X” and “10” its own.
Rumor: It might not be called the Galaxy S9
The iPhone X, named in honor of the device’s 10th anniversary created a problem — or perhaps an opportunity — for Samsung. If the company sticks with the natural sequence of its own naming convention, it risks creating an inferiority complex among customers; who wants a Galaxy S9 when you can already get an iPhone X (pronounced “ten”)? According to Forbes, Samsung may follow suit with the Galaxy X. Of course, it could one up Apple by going straight to the Galaxy S11 — .
Rumor: We’ll see it soon
Samsung usually announces its new flagship in March — the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus were unveiled on the 29th last year — and ships it in April. We think it’s a long shot, but VentureBeat has reported that Samsung may debut the new phones this year at CES, scheduled to begin on Jan. 9 in Las Vegas. If that doesn’t happen, at Mobile World Congress in February. Otherwise, we’re probably looking at March.
Rumor: First with a Snapdragon 845 processor
We know that the next flagship will run Samsung’s own Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor, at least in Asia. Given that the Snapdragon 835 debuted in the Galaxy S8, it’s quite possible that the Galaxy S9 will be first out of the gate with the Snapdragon 845, which is expected to enable a whole bunch of new features plus better battery life. So far, however, only Xiaomi’s forthcoming Mi 7 is confirmed to use the Snapdragon 845.
Apple raised the bar with Face ID.
Rumor: Samsung has its own version of Face ID
Even before Apple upped the ante with the iPhone X, Samsung had something to prove in the facial-recognition department after reports that Samsung has been working to improve its technology and will bring it to its budget phones in 2018 or 2019.using a photo and contact lenses. The Korea Herald
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 processor, rumored to debut in the Galaxy S9, supports the type of 3D face mapping that’s used in Apple’s Face ID technology. And while Apple’s Face ID technology uses 30,000 dots of infrared light to map your face, Qualcomm’s capacity is 50,000 dots, theoretically giving it an accuracy edge.
The Galaxy S8 and its loathsome fingerprint scanner.
Rumor: The fingerprint scanner is back (on the back)
Regardless of whether Samsung’s answer to Face ID is finished in time for the Galaxy S9, we pray that the company figures out a better solution for its fingerprint scanner. The newmake an incremental improvement, with the scanner centered below the rear camera. But this still falls short of our true hope: that Samsung will ditch this most cursed feature — the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner — altogether.
There have been rumors suggesting that the company has attempted to The Investor, it sounds like the Galaxy S9 will follow in the footsteps of its ancestors, hamstrung with a rear-facing scanner.— before it launched, too. According to
Rumor: The Galaxy S9 couldbe foldable (but probably won’t be)
Last year, Samsung filed a patent for a foldable phone, and this summer Bloomberg reported that the company was considering releasing two models with bendable screens. Since then, the president of the company’s mobile business told the Associated Press that Samsung would launch such a phone once it resolved “some problems.”
In some ways, the design resembles the Nintendo 3DS or the ZTE Axon M, a two-screen device that can be viewed four ways and opens to make one big 6.75-inch screen. But it incorporates Samsung’s curved edge-to-edge displays, which may aid in the illusion that you are looking at one big screen when the phone is opened up. In November, the company’s Korean website listed a phone with the model number SM-G888NO, which is rumored to be the bendable model. Despite the circumstantial evidence, however, we’ll file this one under improbable.
Rumor: It’ll look a whole lot like the Galaxy S8
An image of what’s purported to be the Galaxy S9’s rear panel.
Given the increasing number of Galaxy S9 cases sprouting up on Amazon in recent days, we expect that Samsung has locked up the final design and that we’ll see more photos leak out over the next few weeks. The buzz is that the phone will likely look very similar to its predecessor, and the images that we’ve seen so far — mostly renders and mockups designed by amateurs and enthusiasts — show as much. The few convincing photos floating around, including one that shows a rear panel with a cutout for a vertically aligned camera and fingerprint scanner, hint to a design that’s more iterative than revolutionary.
Rumor: Dual cameras on the front and back
This one is up for debate. Early reports said that the Galaxy S9 would go full iPhone X, with two cams on the front but more recent chatter suggests maybe not. For now, the consensus seems to be dual rear cams — at least for the Galaxy S9 Plus— equipped with “3-stack layer image sensors” that can shoot more than 1,000 photos per second.
Rumor: The Galaxy S9 will record super-high-quality video
The Snapdragon 845 would give the Galaxy S9 a big advantage, at least on paper, over other phones with killer cameras. In addition to securing bragging rights as the first to record 4K Ultra HD video, Qualcomm says the chip will produce brighter photography and video, reduce noise and make it possible to embed tiny videos within still portraits.
Rumor: Killer battery life
Explosion issues aside, the Galaxy line is known for long battery life. The S8 and S8 Plus both lasted about 16 hours in our tests, and the Note 8 about an hour longer. One other benefit of stepping up to the Snapdragon 845 is better power efficiency — 30 percent better, according to Qualcomm. If true, this could push the Galaxy S9 beyond the vaunted 20-hour threshold.
The Galaxy line has long allowed for expandable storage via SD card.
Rumor: 512GB of storage built in
Samsung may dramatically raise the stakes when it comes to internal storage. It’s announced the beginning of mass production of a 512GB chip that would give the Galaxy S9 eight times the integrated capacity of the 64GB Galaxy S8. A 512GB Galaxy S9 would totally dwarf the competition: the highest-end, late model iPhones top out at 256GB of storage and the Google Pixel 2 XL comes in 64GB or 128GB versions. It’s worth noting that Samsung chips often find their way into non-Samsung phones, including the iPhone.
Rumor: The Galaxy S9 could have a headphone jack
The once-mundane 3.5mm headphone jack has become an increasingly rare, “vintage” feature that could make the Galaxy S9 that much more attractive to people who aren’t ready to ditch their collection of wired headphones. Apple walked away from the legacy port with its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and hasn’t looked back, and the Google Pixel 2, Moto Z, Essential Phone and others have followed suit.
Rumor: It could cost way more than the current generation
There are a lot of factors that contribute to price. Apple’s $999 base model iPhone Xhas cleared the way for more four-figure phones in the future. And if Samsung delivers on all of the rumored camera upgrades, that would almost certainly push the price up.