Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+: Release Date, Price, Specs & All You Need To Know

Paul Briden

15/12/2017 – 2:30pm

We tie together all the rumours and leaks regarding the Samsung Galaxy S9 series

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are Samsung’s “next big thing” and will be launched inside early 2018; apparently during Q1, according to several reports.

Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+: Latest News

Release Date Info

A fresh leak from Korean source The Bell, suggests that Samsung may even hold its Samsung Unpacked event for the Galaxy S9 series during the Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC) expo in Barcelona, Spain, in late February.

The report explains that this contradicts earlier rumours and leaks which suggested Samsung would launch its next flagship even earlier, ahead of the MWC expo. Allegedly this is because Apple’s iPhone X was apparently the cause of Samsung wanting to launch a new flagship as soon as possible, but the company has noted that Samsung Galaxy S8 series sales have held up fairly well against Apple’s lead model, so now it seems it doesn’t feel as pressured.

A launch at MWC 2018 would mean the Galaxy S9 series would likely hit store shelves by the middle of March, which would still put the Galaxy S9 ahead of the Galaxy S8 from 2017 in terms of arrival schedule. The Galaxy S8 was delayed from its original launch plan and didn’t arrive until around April/May.

MWC 2018 kicks off on February 26, historically Samsung has launched its flagship either a day or two before the expo begins, or on the first day of it; this time the Galaxy S9 will apparently launch on February 27, so day two of the expo.

Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+: Specs & Hardware

We already know from leaks and rumours that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will both follow Samsung’s usual MO of a processor split; some will use Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 845 while others will use Samsung’s homebrew Exynos 9810 processor.

Both will be based on 10nm FinFET LPP (Low Power Plus) architecture, which will offer a noticable uplift in performance and power efficiency (15% in both metrics, allegedly) over current-gen hardware, but won’t be as nuts as the 7nm/8nm tech coming later in 2018.

In recent years Samsung has used the Qualcomm silicon in models heading to the North American market and it’s likely it’ll do the same again this time around, although we’ve seen no specific evidence to point one way or the other as yet. Samsung has had Qualcomm-based devices in Europe and Asia, and Exynos kit in the Americas in the past, so it’s not entirely out of the quesiton that it could flip things and suprise us, but for now we’re assuming it’ll stick to the status quo.

We don’t know about battery ratings at this point, but we have heard that Samsung will apparently aim to have super fast charging features aboard the Galaxy S9 series. With the Qualcomm-based models this could be Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+, but some sources suggest may not be the case and Samsung may be looking to engineer its own solution across both Qualcomm and Exynos-based models.

Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+: Design & Display

From leaked renders (@91Mobiles and @mysmartprice) and schematics we now know that the Samsung Galaxy S9 series will largely look quite similar to the Galaxy S8 series as curved glass sandwiches with a metal filling. The bottom and top bezels have expanded a little, but it’s not very noticeable and nowhere near the 90% screen-to-body ratio that was previously rumoured.

The main design changes include curving the rear panel glass to match the curvature of the display glass, and the positioning of the camera array on the rear as a vertical strip, with a fingerprint scanner embedded below this, centrally, rather than off-set to the side as with the Galaxy S8 series.

This means the earlier rumours about an in-display embedded fingerprint scanners have proven incorrect. Additionally, it appears that both a Type-C USB port AND the 3.5mm headphone jack have survived onto the Galaxy S9 series, embedded once again in the base plate.

The displays will be new-gen Super AMOLED 18.5:9 Infinity Display panels and will be at least as good as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8’s stunning displays. Tipped sizes are 5.8in for the Galaxy S9 and 6.2in for the Galaxy S9+ with QHD+ resolutions (in the region of 570ppi and 529ppi, respectively, according to some reports).

Lastly on the subject of design, we have seen reports that the Galax S9 series will arrive in four colours, down from last year’s initial spread (though more may come later, in Samsung’s usual style). As usual, expect some to be region specific, but the initial quartet will allegedly be black, blue, gold, and a new purple/violet hue.

Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+: Camera

According to repeated leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S9 series will feature different cameras between the two models. The Galaxy S9 will have a single-sensor camera while the Galaxy S9+ will have a dual-sensor setup similar to the Galaxy Note 8.

At this point we don’t know anything about the specifics of the camera hardware in terms of megapixel ratings, aperture sizes, or anything else.

On a related tangent, however, multiple reports have suggested the Galaxy S9 series will sport much-enhanced iris-scanning technology via a dedicated front-facing camera module (separate from the regular front-facing camera); this would be similar to the Galaxy Note 8 as well.

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