Samsung confirmed this week that its next flagship phone will be unveiled in February. We didn’t get an exact date, but the company usually times the announcement to coincide with Mobile World Congress, an annual expo set for February 26-March 1. So you can expect the Galaxy S9 to debut around then.
An alleged retail box for the Galaxy S9 leaked this week on Reddit, revealing a long list of hardware included in the new phone. If the leak is to be believed (and it does look pretty official), the S9 won’t be a huge upgrade when it comes to specs. Expect the same high-resolution 5.8-inch display, the same internal storage options (64GB), the same memory (4GB of RAM), the same special earbuds, and the same water-resistant build.
The Galaxy S9 could add a few new photography features that make it a worthwhile upgrade. The Reddit leak mentions “super slow-mo” video, and rumors has it the phone will be able to capture video at 1,000 frames per second. That’s a nice step up from the Galaxy S8, which maxed out at 240fps.
Finally, it looks like Samsung could come up with a response to Apple’s face-scanning technology. Earlier this month, the company revealed its latest processor chip, the Exynos 9810, which offers face detection and will likely power at least some versions of the Galaxy S9 Plus. The Exynos 9810 could potentially match Face ID. It could also help Samsung copy Apple iPhone X popular feature.