tech2 News Staff Feb 19, 2018 23:06 PM IST
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus already have a lot of hype building up for them and the South Korean giant is going to officially take the wraps off the devices at MWC this week. However, we won't have to wait till then as reliable tipster Roland Quandt has just shared the entire specifications sheet for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
As per a report by Winfuture, the main focus for Samsung this year has been on the camera of its flagship device, which was quite clear when they first handed out media invites with the caption "Camera reimagined". The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, according to the report, has been given a dual-camera system on the back, which has been aligned vertically. This alignment has improved the position of the fingerprint sensor, which now sits below the camera in a position which would be easy to reach and also not smudge the camera lens.
The report confirms earlier rumours that the 12 MP rear sensor on the single camera S9 will have variable apertures, allowing a switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, which would help in capturing good shots under variable lighting conditions. The smaller aperture could be used to give greater depth of field for landscape shots in good lighting and the other one could be used to improve low-light performance. On the Plus model, it seems that one camera will have the S9's variable aperture system while the second one will have an f/2.4 aperture.
The rear-cameras can also record 4K videos and have optical image stabilisation. The report says that each sensor will be using a combo of laser autofocus and dual-pixel autofocus to have faster autofocus capabilities. The camera can shoot videos at 960 fps but it is not clear at what resolution. More on that should be revealed during the launch of the device.
The front of the device sees an 8 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/1.7 and also auto-focus capabilities. The phone will feature an Iris scanner and also face authentication security systems and it's been rumoured that the devices might arrive with iPhone X-like Animoji's.
Samsung is also aiming to improve on the speakers of the device and the report says that both the devices will be sporting stereo speakers, as compared to the single speaker seen on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. You can read our review of the Galaxy S8 over here.
In the hardware department, the S9 will sport a 5.8-inch SuperAMOLED QHD infinity display with an aspect ratio at 18.5:9. The S9 Plus will have the same display, albeit with a screen size of 6.2-inches. As per the report, the phone has been designed in such a way that the chin of the device has been reduced to give a higher screen-to-body ratio.
As to what will power both the phones, this has been known for quite some time. There will be two variants of the S9 and S9 Plus, wherein one model will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC while the other will have Samsung's Exynos 9810 SoC. The S9 will come with 4 GB of RAM while the S9 Plus will have 6 GB of RAM. Both the devices will have 64 GB of internal storage and there is a possibility that a higher storage variant will also be announced. In any case, the phone will have microSD card support which can boost the storage to 256 GB.
The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will be shipping with Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box overlaid with the Samsung Experience 9.0 UI. The devices are also IP68 certified and can survive a plunge in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters.
Something that might be advantageous to a country like India is the fact that the devices, like the S8 and S8 Plus, will have dual-SIM support. As for the battery, Samsung will look to avoid any debacle like the Note 7 and has, therefore, according to the report, provided a 3,000 mAh battery in the S9 while a larger 3,500 mAh battery is present in the S9 Plus. Both the devices support wireless charging and fast charge. Samsung will be introducing the devices in three colours: Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and also Lilac Purple.
Samsung will be accepting pre-orders of the devices from 25 February onwards while delivery is set to begin by 8 March, as per the report. The phone has been rumored to be priced nearly the same as the Galaxy S8 when it was first released back in 2017. No word is out yet on release dates and price in India, but we shall be sure to be keep you updated as soon as we get information. Stay tuned to our website for more MWC 2018 coverage.