The Samsung Galaxy S9 is poised to make its official debut as soon as February, though Samsung decided against to teasing the new smartphone today.
Everyone was hoping that its next flagship phone would be hinted at during the big Samsung CES 2018 press conference, which is usually reserved for the company’s TV and smart home announcements.
And that’s exactly what we got: a 146-inch The Wall MicroLED TV, the Samsung 85-inch Q9S QLED TV that upscales to a ridiculous 8K resolution, SmartThings-integrated refrigerators, and a Gear S3 SmartThings software update so you can control your home from your wrist.
There was no subtle outline of what the Samsung Galaxy S9 will look like at the very end of this Las Vegas conference. Why? Well, it may be because the phone looks very similar to the Galaxy S8.
The good news is that we don’t need an outline teaser from Samsung. There are already plenty of Galaxy S9 rumors breaking today.
Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors
Samsung Galaxy S9 won’t look too different from the Galaxy S8, according to all of the rumors we’ve heard so far. But there will be key differences.
We expect the same 5.8-inch screen size and that tall 18.5:9 aspect ratio from this year’s curved smartphone. But we may see thinner bezels, meaning a smaller overall body and a phone that’s easier to hold. That makes us happy.
Even better, the fingerprint sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S9 may be centered on the back of the phone – not to the side of the camera lens, which led to so many smudged-filled photos and missed fingerprint sensor unlockings.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus may take a cue from the Note 8, giving us a dual-lens camera on back. If Samsung wants to continue to charge extra for the S Pen-less Plus model, it has to differentiate it enough from the regular S9. It’s worked for Apple. Both S9 models are rumored to shoot super slow-motion video.
The S9 Plus may also come with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB or, in some regions of the world, 512GB of internal storage. The S9 may be stuck at 4GB of RAM and 64GB and 128GB configurations.
We’ve seen previews of the likely chipsets, too: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (for the US) and the Exynos 9810 (for everyone else). Both should prove to be faster and, importantly, could introduce Mobile HDR Premium video capture.
This could be the big Samsung Galaxy S9 feature
We already have a handful of phones with Mobile HDR Premium screens. The first was the Note 7 (RIP), but the S8, S8 Plus and Note 8 all have it, as does the LG G6, LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and Sony Xperia XZ1.
So finally being able to record color-rich video with the S9 would actually make your footage look great on your friends slightly older devices, too. Everyone will benefit (and be envious of your smartphone).
Just imagine how your HDR video, captured on the Galaxy S9, will look when your friends scroll down their Facebook feed with their Mobile HDR-capable smartphones. If they have the LG G6, for example, they’ll still see the vibrant colors you’ve captured. They don’t need a new device to take it in.
Samsung Galaxy S9 could unlock the potential of color-rich HDR video capture, if it takes advantage of this new HDR recording technology.
Samsung Galaxy S9 release date
When will we finally see the S9 in full? Credible rumors we’ve heard point to MWC 2018 in late February, where the S7 and S7 Edge were first announced.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus launched later than normal last year in March, so we may see Samsung back on track with its next big smartphone announcement.
There’s a lot to get excited about when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S9, but there are a lot of unknowns, too. The good news is that new S9 rumors continue to trickle in today, and our MWC 2018 coverage is right around the corner.