Expectations are high for S9. Here's everything you need to know about Samsung's next Galaxy phone.
Samsung made a splash with the 18:9, slim-bezel style of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and S9 won't stray too far from that formula. It will likely concentrate on performance improvements instead of physical changes.
The back of the device will be quite a bit different. The positioning of the finger print sensor was among the most significant pain points with the S8. Samsung is expected to move it below the camera with the S9. There may be a new color also: Sammobile recently reported that the new phone will be available in the typical black, gold, and blue variations, with a deep-violet option replacing orchid gray.
One thing we know for sure about the Galaxy S9 is that it will sport the Snapdragon 845 chip. Just recently unveiled by Qualcomm, this is the follow-up to the Snapdragon 835 that debuted in the S8 and powered every Android flagship in 2017. Once again, the chip was co-designed with and will be produced by Samsung, so there's a great chance the S9 will once again be the exclusive launch phone.
In addition to a speed and power effectiveness increase, the 845 chip includes a dedicated AI chip, which could provide a boost to Samsung's Bixby assistant. The chip also includes a Secure Processing Unit for biometric information and payment info, which will work in combination with Samsung Knox to make the S9 much more safe and secure.
Samsung has also revealed that production has started on a 512GB storage chip, however it's not likely that will end up in the S9. Samsung shipped the S8 with just 64GB of storage, so it's not likely to jump all the way to 512GB. Nevertheless, a 128GB model is a possibility.
Buttons and ports will likely remain the exact same including the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
On the OS side, a beta version of Samsung Experience 9.0 based on Oreo is currently making the rounds, bringing notification channels and autofill together with some Samsung-specific tweaks such as Edge lighting and new clock widgets. We can assume the Galaxy S9 will ship with this new version.
Biometrics were a huge deal on the S8. There have been reports for months that Samsung has been evaluating finger print scanning under the glass, a feature Apple reportedly scrapped from its iPhone X. It's possible that Samsung will provide in-display scanner acting as more of a next-generation beta feature.
Samsung's own teaser for the S9 event says it will feature a "reimagined" camera, so it will clearly be a significant feature on the new phone. On its website, Samsung has currently highlighted upcoming camera innovations for taking slow-motion video and low-light images, so the new flagships will most likely feature these improvements.
When the Galaxy Note 8 landed with Samsung's first dual camera array, we naturally assumed it would be making its way into the S9 and S9+.
Samsung has confirmed that Samsung Galaxy S9 is coming February 25 at noon EST