Samsung may not have confirmed the existence of the new Galaxy phone reportingedly coming early next year, but there’s been plenty of leaks to suggest that the company is working on something and that it’s probably coming a lot sooner than you think.
This new flagship handset for the company is widely believed to be an iterative update to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ rather than a wholesale redesign.
That’s certainly not a bad thing though, because both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ received numerous awards in the past year.
As mentioned, there’s been plenty of leaks which have bit by bit given mobile fans some small slices of info abiout how the phone is slowly piecing together.
Each rumour on it’s own won’t help all that much, but piece them all together and you’ll start to get a very clear indication of where Samsung is headed with their new Flagship smartphone.
So to help, we’ve rounded up everything we think we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy S9.
Samsung Galaxy S9 – Release Date
Of all the details leaked about Samsung’s next big smartphone, the release date and reveal date for the phone is probably the one area that changes more frquently than any other piece of information.
One of the strongest rumours suggested so far is that the Samsung S9 would be launch during next year’s Mobile World Congress show taking place February 26th to March 1st 2018.
Traditionally Samsung has opted to reveal new products at Mobile World Congress in the past and there’s no reason why next year would be any different.
Alternatively, Venturebeat has indicated that the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will make their first public appearance at next year’s CES.
VentureBeat has also claimed to have spoken to someone ‘briefed on the company’s plans’ with the South Korean company planning a sneak peak of the devices at the January tech show before a full release in March 2018.
However, the most recent and definitive leak from prominent case manufacturer Olixar, seems to suggest Samsung will release the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in February.
This third-party accessory manufacturer already has a pre-order page for its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ products and supposedly they will be available to buy on February 28th.
Samsung Galaxy S9 – Design
As you can see from the above gallery, there’s been plenty of renders concepts and more leaked for Samsung’s new headset.
This includes some of the most recent reveals from OnLeaks and MySmartPrice, who earlier this month leaked several new renders for the phone.
“These renders (above) show that while the phone will look near identical to its predecessor from the front, it’ll sport an upgrade dual-lens camera round the back, alongside a repositioned fingerprint scanner.” writes theinquirer.net.
Samsung Galaxy S9 – Price
Of everything that has been leaked so far, nothing leaked has given any clear indication on how much the new Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus will actually cost.
However, if the new smartphone is anything like the S8, most people would expect the handsets to cost around £689 and £779 SIM-free.
Samsung Galaxy S9 – Battery
There’s been numerous reports online which all suggest that the S9 will have a much larger battery capacity, especially compared to its predecessor – the Samsung Galaxy S8.
According to a source in China, Samsung is looking to increase the battery capacity from 3,000mAh in the Galaxy S8 up to 3,200mAh in the Galaxy S9.
This would match up with past rumours from SamMobile, which previously suggested the Galaxy S9 will be thicker than its predecessor.
For those wondering, thicker normally suggests a bigger housing, which in turn can mean a bigger battery.
Furthermore, whilst the leaked battery cell information made no mention of the Galaxy S9+, we can assume that it too will have an increased battery capacity.
Samsung Galaxy S9 – New Features
Further to reports that the phone will still feature a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the phone and will not live up to the benchmarks of the iPhone X, more rumours about the handset suggested it will feature an improved facial recognition system and a dual-camera setup that was debuted on the Galaxy Note 8.
Though neither of these features have been confirmed, Samsung has revealed some of the key components likely to feature in its next-generation flagship device, hinting at the capabilities of its upcoming hardware.
This comes in the form of a new mobile processor, which is specifically designed to power top-of-the-line devices such as the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9 when they launch in 2018.
“The Exynos 9 Series 9810 is Samsung’s latest flagship processor, with 3rd-generation custom CPU cores, upgraded GPU, and gigabit LTE modem with industry-first 6CA support,” Samsung confirmed in a press release about its achievements at the CES 2018 Innovation Awards.
Samsung Galaxy S9 – Specs
Recently some new benchmark results for a Samsung smartphone with the model number SM-G960F have appeared online on the Geekbench website (via theinquirer.net).
This model number is widely expected to the global version of the Galaxy S9.
“The handset, which likely will come powered by Samsung’s new Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor, scored 2680 on the single-core Geekbench 4 test and a 7787 on the multi-core test,” explained Carly Page, editor of…