The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are both set to be released in a few weeks after Samsung confirmed that its 2018 flagship will be launched on 02.25.2018 at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress.
However, trust Samsung to never keep their flagships from leaking to the media. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ recently leaked and it was revealed that neither the 5.8-inch S9 nor the 6.2-inch S9+ will be significant departures from their predecessors.
According to a leak via Evleaks, pre-orders of the Galaxy S9 will begin just days later on 1 March, and the handset is tipped to start shipping two weeks later on 16 March.
The Samsung Flagships are set to be Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in the U.S. and China, and Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 systems-on-chip in the rest of the world, the first differentiator between the S9 siblings (codenamed Star and Star 2) lies in their memory configurations: 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage for the S9+, but the same 4GB/64GB pairing as last generation for the standard S9. With this distribution of basic components, Samsung is making it more difficult for users, some of whom may even want a smaller screen, to choose the basic S9 without additional trade-offs.
As the Unpacked invitation suggests, the main highlight for both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be refreshed imaging hardware and software — a notion confirmed by two people briefed on Samsung’s plans. Besides motion-detected, “super slow-mo” video capture (rapid movement triggers 480fps recording at 720p), both devices are said to feature variable aperture on their primary 12-megapixel cameras. It’s a mechanical adjustment that switches between f/2.4 and smallest-in-class f/1.5.
A TechRadar source in the ‘mobile phone deals industry’, reports that Samsung’s incoming flagship will be £100 more expensive than last year’s Galaxy S8. By the same logic, the Galaxy S9+ will likely be available from £879 SIM-free.
The Galaxy S9+ adds a second 12-megapixel rear module, but this one has a standard fixed aperture. In what will be important to many, all of the phones’ rear elements are aligned vertically, instead of horizontally like the S8, with the fingerprint scanner located more naturally at the bottom of the stack. Around front, both 2018 S-series models sport 8-megapixel selfie cams. On the bottom, another welcome change: stereo speakers.