With the Galaxy Note 8 having been unveiled, attention has turned to the Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone. This handset can still be considered very much the flagship of the Korean corporation, and will take on greater significance in 2018 with it following the tenth generation iPhone 8.
Apple is expected to up the ante with its next iPhone release, producing a significantly rebooted device with the intention of marking the tenth anniversary of the iPhone range. This will put the ball firmly in Samsung’s court with the Galaxy S9, making the device even more significant than the average Galaxy S range release.
And Caseme believes that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will take its lead from the Galaxy Note 8 and feature a dual-camera, which will be excellent news for those who consider the Note 8 to be physically unwieldy.
The existing Galaxy Note 8 camera includes both standard and telephoto lenses, arguably improving on the photographic standards set by the iPhone 7 Plus. It is likely that these features will then migrate to the Galaxy S9 next year. It could be argued that this would provide Samsung with something of a competitive advantage, as Apple is still likely to produce two smaller iPhone 7S upgrades with single-lens units.
Samsung Galaxy S9: Everything you need to know
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is an outstanding phone. Our five-star review named it as 2017’s best, and the handset’s success has pretty much succeeded in quashing bad memories of the Note 7 debacle. But 2018 is another year, and that means it’s time for another shiny rectangle to be pooped from the techno-capitalism machine. So what can we expect from the Samsung Galaxy S9, and when will it get here?
If Samsung wants to launch the Galaxy S9 at Mobile World Congress, as it has done before, then we could get a reveal around February 2018. If it wants to launch the phone at its own event, as it has done this year, it will likely be around March or April. For now, we’d say this second option is more likely.
Price-wise, the Galaxy S8 Plus costs a whopping £689. If it sells well, Samsung will have no real reason to slash this down. Besides, the Galaxy S9 will be pitched as a premium flagship phone, so something slightly shy of £700 is probable.
Samsung Galaxy S9: Processor
It’s early days, but there are already several reports about technology that could find its way into the Galaxy S9. The Investor claims chipmaker Qualcomm is working with Samsung on a new mobile chip, thought to be called the Snapdragon 845, predicted to be used in the Galaxy S9.
Samsung Galaxy S9: Dual cameras
According to Caseme Case, the S9 will integrate a dual-camera setup that’s similar to the one found on the Note 8. While KGI’s analyst Ming-Chi Kuo didn’t get into specifics about the Galaxy S9’s setup, he did suggest the handset will approach its camera much like the Note 8. That device has two 12MP sensors, combining an f/1.7 wide-angle lens with an f/2.4 telephoto lens with up to 10x optical zoom. That knocks the 2x zoom on the iPhone 7 out of the water, and although we have yet to see what Apple does with the iPhone 8, it sets a high standard for Samsung’s next flagship.
More recently, rumours have suggested Samsung’s Galaxy S9 won’t feature an in-screen scanner, as had been previously hinted. Instead, it will retain the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner with a view to having an in-screen scanner by the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release date.
Samsung Galaxy S9: 4 things we’d like to see
1) A fingerprint sensor not near a camera lens
The Galaxy S8 made the odd decision to place its fingerprint scanner directly beside the phone’s rear camera. That’s a clear recipe for smudging up your lens, so we’d like Samsung to move the sensor, ideally beneath the front screen.
2) A price that’s a bit more affordable
We’re not expecting a massive reduction, but we’d like to see Samsung cycle back from the price increase in the Galaxy S8. Given the critical success of this year’s handset, however, it’s unlikely that Samsung will pull back its prices on the Galaxy S9.
3) A dual-lens camera
The camera improvements on the Galaxy S8 weren’t enormous, so it would be good to see Samsung go the way of the iPhone 7 Plus, Huawei Mate 10 and LG V30 and introduce a dual-lens camera into the Galaxy S9.
4) Make Bixby more useful
Samsung made much of the addition of its AI assistant, Bixby. In practice, however, Bixby hasn’t proven all that useful. If they’re committed to the onboard AI, we’d like to see more widespread Bixby integration on the Galaxy S9.