Samsung Galaxy S9, the yet to be launched premium smartphone from the South Korean smartphone manufacturer, has been in rumours before its expected global release in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. If the talks are to be believed, the upcoming phone will be a leap forward by Samsung regarding technical aspects and looks.
DJ Koh, Samsung Mobile chief executive confirmed company’s plans on launching its next-generation flagship phones, the much awaited Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at the MWC 2018 scheduled to be held from February 26 to March 1 in Barcelona. The Mobile World Congress praised as one of the world’s biggest mobile industry events, with the top manufacturers including Samsung, Motorola, HMD Global, Sony, etc. showcasing their latest smartphones and gadgets.
The flagship phones will house the top-notch Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor to power the devices, making them the first devices to feature the latest SoC. Moreover, both the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are rumoured to feature the new Y-OCTA display panels, instead of the ongoing AMOLED ones. These Y-OCTA display panels will possess better optical properties, being much lighter, thinner and costing 30 percent cheaper to manufacture than the existing film-based touchscreen panels on the ongoing Samsung phones.
Apple and Huawei are the only ones to develop the AI chips for their flagship smartphones presently. We are expecting Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to come equipped with the AI chip that the company has been reported of developing. The new AI supported chip will be based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC in the US, while the international markets may receive an Exynos 9810 SoC. The in-house R’n’D team is reported to be working along with professors and researchers of Seoul National University, Pohang University of Science and Technology, and Kaist.
There are also reports about the phones flaunting 18:9 aspect ratio-supported Infinity Display panels along with an improved iris scanner. There’s a strong possibility of the phone possessing a variable aperture, 12-megapixel rear-shooter — f/1.5 to f/2.4. What’s new this time is the integration of a new kind iris scanner on an 8MP selfie camera on both the Samsung S9 and S9+. How is Samsung going to achieve this on Metal-Glass design is yet to be figured out, but is undoubtedly impressive on the company’s fronts.
Exclusive to the units powered by the Exynos chipset, Samsung will be opting for substrate-like SLP PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) freeing more space inside the body for other components, aiding in a more sleek and thinner design. The Galaxy S9 will boast a 5.77-inch display, while the Galaxy S9+ will house a larger 6.22-inch display, featuring a RAM of 4 GB and 6 GB respectively.
The launch during MWC 2018 will answer the remaining doubts about the upcoming flagship offerings by Samsung.