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Samsung Galaxy S9 Rumors Focus On New Processor And Camera

Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors are begin to multiply ahead of the release of the flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S9 is expected to appear around the time of Mobile World Congress, which next year will take place between February 26 and March 1, once more in Barcelona. Responding to the extremely well-received iPhone X from Apple, the Galaxy S9 will undoubtedly need to be a quality handset in order to re-establish Samsung pre-eminence.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Rumors
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Samsung Galaxy S9 Rumors

Processor

Top of the list of the Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors is the suggestion that the smartphone will enjoy a small window of processor exclusivity. It seems that the Galaxy S9 could benefit from a new Snapdragon 845 unit, which will be the top Qualcomm device released in 2018.

This will appear in the next generation Samsung flagship, giving the Korean company a head start over other devices that may utilize the 845 as the year unfolds. In other processor news, Samsung itself has also unveiled its next generation mobile processor, which will probably be used in devices intended for the East Asian marketplace.

Exynos revelation

Of all the Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors, the existence of the new Exynos device was rather hushed. Samsung quietly confirmed the existence of the processor in a press release announcing Samsung’s CES 2018 Innovation Awards.

“Exynos 9 Series 9810 The Exynos 9 Series 9810 is Samsung’s latest flagship processor, with 3rd-generation custom CPU cores, upgraded GPU, and gigabit LTE modem with industry-first 6CA support. It is built on 2nd generation 10nm process technology,” the statement read.

Interestingly, it seems from this information that the Galaxy S9 and and Galaxy Note 9 may not benefit from 8nm chips, despite previous statements to the contrary from the Korean mega-corporation. Instead, it seems that there will be a new generation of 10nm processors released for Android devices next year.

Camera upgrades

Another innovation listed in the Samsung press release is the Isocell SLIM 2X7. This could lead to major cameras improvements next year, as the new technology should deliver slimmer camera modules. This has inevitably lead to a Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors which suggest that the next generation handset will be the thinnest ever released by the Korean corporation.

It also backs up another whisper close to the Samsung supply chain that the manufacturer will produce a 24-megapixel camera in a 2018 mobile. This has been more readily linked with the Galaxy Note 9 than the Galaxy S9, but Tetracell and remosaic technology, and the small 0.9?m pixel size listed by Samsung, will indeed enable a 24-megapixel image sensor to be fitted in a slimmer camera module.

This could have an impact on the entire Android smartphone niche next year, but it is possible that this quality of camera will appear for the first time in the Galaxy S9 series. Probably the smarter money, though, would be on the first 24-megapixel unit being part of the Galaxy Note 9 range.

5-inch release mooted

Among the other interesting Galaxy S9 rumors is the suggestion that the developer is currently working on producing a new 5-inch phone for 2018, which could possibly form part of the Galaxy S9 product range. This device reportedly has an Infinity Display, which is able to wrap around the edges of the phone in common with the existing Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

Chinese social media site Weibo has provided the details on this innovation, but suggests that Samsung is still tinkering with the idea rather than finalizing its release date. But this is a product that could hit store shelves in the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, Galaxy S9 rumors have suggested that this could be the S9 Mini will provide a third Galaxy S9 unit in 2018.

Headphone jack

Another of the Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors that is creating something of a stir is the suggestion that a headphone jack will be included once more. Samsung has stuck its neck out in retaining this physical port, while other manufacturers have shifted to a wireless music playing system.

But a recent commercial for Samsung seemed to feature a 3.5mm headphone jack in one of the devices depicted, suggesting that Samsung may retain this for the Galaxy S9 generation. We will probably begin to hear official word from Samsung in the next couple of months, at which time such design issues may be cleared up.

4K display

Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors have also been circulating regarding the display to be included in this next generation flagship, with some suggesting that Samsung will ultimately opt for a 4K resolution compatible screen. It is difficult to imagine that the display in either the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus will be significantly larger than their predecessors, which means that the only real room for improvement would come in the shape of an upgraded screen resolution.

Nonetheless, Samsung has usually reserved such spec increases for the Galaxy Note series, meaning that it is likely that the Galaxy S9 will ultimately be a Quad HD+ unit.

Embedded scanner

However, one major innovation that has been particularly cited in Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors is the suggestion that the smartphone will benefit from an integrated fingerprint scanner. This sensor would be embedded within the display of the device, revolutionizing the way that the Galaxy S9 operates, and stealing a march on Apple, which had intended to deliver this technology in the iPhone X.

With a wide range of spec increases also expected, and the price of the device set to be frozen from last year, the Galaxy S9 is shaping up to be an exciting smartphone contender.