All about the Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Samsung Galaxy S9 isn't out yet, but we do know a thing or two about what to expect. For now, why not take a look at our pick of the best Samsung Galaxy deals above?

It's nearly springtime, and you know what that means: a new Samsung Galaxy flagship smartphone, of course! This year, the company is set to put out its latest at the end of February.

It'll be called the Samsung Galaxy S9, and it'll almost certainly launch alongside a larger Galaxy S9 Plus - but there's not a lot else we know for sure right now. However, the rumour mill is churning…

Here's our roundup of all the speculation on the new handsets - and how you can get your hands on one when the time comes around.

How to get it

Release date

The Galaxy S9 will be revealed on 25 February 2018, ready to show off at MWC. Pre-orders will probably open on 1 March, then the phone will ship around mid-March.

Price

It's not clear at this stage, but insiders say it could cost over £700 SIM-free in the UK. Don't worry - contract deals from networks will definitely be available to make that a bit more manageable.

For deals on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, watch this space. But for now, let's take a look at what the rumours are saying about them…

Design and display

All signs point towards the Samsung Galaxy S9 looking much the same as the Galaxy S8. This previous model was a big innovation, so we can expect the S9 to simply fine-tune that.

That means a huge 'infinity' display that takes up most of the front of the phone - it may have even smaller bezels than the S8 - and curves down at the edges. The screen on the standard Galaxy S9 will likely measure 5.8 inches; and on the S9 Plus, 6.2 inches. Expect a QHD (Quad HD+) resolution on both, of 1440x2960 pixels.

Samsung has licensed a 'superhydrophobic' glass coating too, which literally makes water bounce right off a phone screen - perhaps we'll see that arrive on the new model.

Rumours also say the S9 will keep the standard 3.5mm headphone jack (hooray!) and USB-C port. The phone probably won't, however, be foldable, no matter what every single rumour in the last five years may say.

Camera

Samsung seems set to make a very big deal about the camera on the Galaxy S9 - all the company’s official press material mentions it, industry bods have noted.

We reckon the S9 will have a 12MP dual-lens camera, much like that on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, with a few extra special features. That could well include variable aperture, and maybe even HDR video recording - which would be a first for a smartphone camera. A lot of rumours also point towards a 'super slow-mo' mode, with the snapper supposedly capable of recording at an incredible 1,000 frames per second.

Experts say we can be pretty sure the cameras on the S9 and S9 Plus will each be a little different - so maybe the Plus model will be the one with the higher tech.

Features

Biometric scanners are all the rage in mobile tech right now, and the Samsung Galaxy line is no exception. Gossip says the Galaxy S9 may have a fingerprint scanner underneath the screen - though our money's on it just being repositioned a little on the back of the phone, if design leaks are to be trusted.

Some rumours also point towards a 3D face sensor, à la the iPhone X, or an iris scanner - either of which could well be true.

As for other features, stereo speakers are a possibility at last - Samsung's always been kind to mobile audiophiles - and some insiders reckon the company may partner with AKG.

The DeX dock, which let you connect your Samsung Galaxy S8 to an external monitor and essentially use it as a computer, will probably see a return too.

Tech specs

Much of the rest of the Samsung Galaxy S9's technical specifications have been speculated, rumoured, and assumed as well. Very little here is confirmed just yet, but here's what seems most likely…

  • Platform - Android Oreo, natch, with Samsung Experience UI
  • Processors - Either a Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset, depending on region
  • RAM - 4GB, though the Plus may have 6GB
  • Internal storage - Probably a choice of 64GB or 128GB, but a 512GB option has been rumoured too
  • Battery - At least 3,000mAh in size, with wireless charging

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