Samsung has announced that it plans to launch its next-generation flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at an event at the Mobile World Congress on February 25. They will go head-on with Apple’s iPhone X.
Evan Blass aka evleaks, the well-known leaker, has just shared several renders of Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on Twitter.
Based on the renders, it looks like the new Galaxy smartphones won’t feature a radically new design, they seem to feature the gorgeous 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch edge-to-edge AMOLED display with slim bezels like the Galaxy S8 smartphones. It also looks like Samsung won’t follow Apple with the notch design. The bezel at the top will house the camera and the microphone. The bezels are even thinner. The Galaxy S9+ will have a screen-to-body ratio of 90% compared to Galaxy S8+’ 84%, which would be very impressive.
The tagline in the event invite suggests that camera improvements will be one of the major new features of the new flagship smartphones. According to rumors, the Galaxy S9+ will sport a vertical dual camera system, just like the iPhone X. According to rumors, both devices will feature variable aperture on their primary 12-megapixel cameras. It will feature a mechanical adjustment that switches between f/2.4 and smallest-in-class f/1.5, which should offer improved low-light camera performance. The Galaxy S9+ will come with a second 12-megapixel rear module, but it will have a standard fixed aperture.
They will 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. Interestingly, the base Galaxy S9+ will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, whereas the base Galaxy S9 will come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The difference in the camera, RAM, and storage space will end up making it difficult for customers who prefer smaller screens to opt for the smaller sibling.
It doesn’t look like Samsung plans to offer a Face ID-like feature. Galaxy S9 and S9+ will come with the less secure but improved iris scanning and facial recognition. They will also feature a fingerprint sensor which would be located at the back of the device. But looks like the fingerprint scanner will be below the camera instead of to the right of it.
They will also come in Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue. They will be available for pre-order on March 1st and will be shipped on March 16th.
I loved the design of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ higher screen-to-body ratio will make them even more impressive.
They might not sport a radically new design, but the new camera system with variable aperture, 6GB of RAM and edge-to-edge display, they will certainly give iPhone X a run for its money.
What do you think? Are you impressed? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.[via Venture Beat]