With the Galaxy Note 8 having been unveiled, attention has turned to the Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone. This handset can still be considered very much the flagship of the Korean corporation, and will take on greater significance in 2018 with it following the tenth generation iPhone 8.
Apple is expected to up the ante with its next iPhone release, producing a significantly rebooted device with the intention of marking the tenth anniversary of the iPhone range. This will put the ball firmly in Samsung’s court with the Galaxy S9, making the device even more significant than the average Galaxy S range release.
Kuo wades in on Samsung Galaxy S9
And KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, probably the number one authority on mobile technology in the world, has already spoken out on the next-generation handset. Kuo believes that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will take its lead from the Galaxy Note 8 and feature a dual-camera, which will be excellent news for those who consider the Note 8 to be physically unwieldy.
The existing Galaxy Note 8 camera includes both standard and telephoto lenses, arguably improving on the photographic standards set by the iPhone 7 Plus. It is likely that these features will then migrate to the Galaxy S9 next year. It could be argued that this would provide Samsung with something of a competitive advantage, as Apple is still likely to produce two smaller iPhone 7S upgrades with single-lens units.
New concept image
With anticipation already building for the Samsung Galaxy S9 reveal, a new concept render gives us an intriguing impression of the smartphone. In particular, it is believed that the design of the handset will be updated further still, with an absolutely bezel-less Totality display dominating the front panel of the device.
The concept emerged on the increasingly influential Chinese microblogging site Weibo, and features the curved edges that have effectively become a trademark for Samsung in recent releases. The designer also predicts that Samsung will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack in the Galaxy S9 generation, placing the port on the bottom of the device.
USB Type-C will also be retained according to the render, while bottom mounted speakers are also present in the image. A fingerprint scanner integrated within the display of the device is also featured, building on technology recently introduced by Qualcomm.
The renders also indicate the Samsung may consider a particularly glossy finish for his next-generation smartphone. The rear of the device almost looks like a mirror, with a brushed metal finish that is particularly appealing.
Ssmsung Galaxy S9 specs
Aside from the design of the device, the concept creator also makes certain suggestions regarding the specifications included. In particular, the smartphone could benefit from the most powerful proprietary Exynos processor that Samsung has ever included in a mobile. The clock speed of this octa-core unit could even reach 2.7 GHz, making the Samsung Galaxy S9 the slickest smartphone on the block.
Special purpose cores will also be included for voice and image processing, while a powerful GPU with clock speeds as high as 900Mhz has also been liked with the Galaxy S9. However, it is doubtful whether this device would ever see the light of day in the United States, as Snapdragon processors are likely to continue to be utilized in the Western market.
Memory and storage
RAM is likely to be bumped up to 8GB when the Samsung Galaxy S9 emerges, while the Galaxy Note 8 has already informed us that Samsung is taking native storage more seriously. We can expect the storage quantities from the Note 8 to migrate to the Galaxy S9, meaning that there will be a premium version featuring 256GB of internal storage. Samsung is almost certain to retain micro SD support, meaning that this figure can be doubled to 512GB via the flexible technology.
Samsung will also be emboldened to take more risks with the battery to be included in the Galaxy S9. The Galaxy S range has not experienced the serious difficulties that made major headlines with the Galaxy Note 7. So the battery size of the Galaxy S9 can certainly be improved over the previous generation, meaning that a 3,800 mAh cell is highly possible.
The Korean manufacturer will also improve the fast wireless charging system, while it is possible that dust and waterproofing will also be upgraded.
Meanwhile, a blogger in Russia has suggested that the Galaxy S9 will take a leaf out of the book of the Moto Z series, by embracing a modular design. This would be a brave move by the consumer electronics giant, as the concept of modular phones has yet to really establish itself as a success.
According to Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, Samsung is tinkering with this feature behind the scenes, potentially enabling users to update some of the core aspects of the smartphone. This would appeal to the Korean manufacturer, which has always taken a more flexible approach to its technology than the likes of Apple, for example.
Another big problem with this suggestion is that it would surely push the overall cost of the phone upwards, which Samsung can barely afford in the already squeezed smartphone niche. The Galaxy S9 will certainly need to come in at a price of under $999, and it is doubtful whether this can be achieved while also altering the design of the smartphone into a modular unit.
The Galaxy S9 could also be the first mobile from Samsung to incorporate 4K technology. This has frequently been linked with products from the Korean corporation, but Samsung has thus far resisted the temptation to bow to consumer desire. But with 4K becoming more mainstream, we may finally see it introduced by Samsung in 2017.
There is little doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be an outstanding smartphone, and we can expect it to appear in Q1 next year.