New information suggests a bigger battery for the Galaxy S9 and S9+.
The Quest For a Bigger Battery
Perhaps the most important feature to any smartphone user is a phone’s battery life. While not everyone needs incredible power that will last multiple days, with how reliant we’ve become on our phones, it’s important that expensive flagships last an entire day on a single charge. With the increased power and new features that a lot of new phones are packing, drastically improved battery life is probably a long ways off, but it’s looking as if we can expect flagships to retain that key full-day charge even as new features and increased performance put more strain on a phone’s battery. New information from Tencent Digital News suggests that we’ll see a bigger battery for the Galaxy S9 and S9+, ensuring the phones will continue to last you through the day.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are one of the most anticipated phones of this coming year, and it’s expected that the phone will be unveiled in late February. While the phone’s design will not be a major departure from the Galaxy S8, we will see a notable improvement in several different areas, one of which being battery life.
Galaxy S9 and S9+: What We Know
The information that we know thus far suggests that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will almost identical to the phones of this generation, but will feature several key updates in addition to better performance. With Apple’s recent innovation with the iPhone X and FaceID, it’s clear that Samsung is under an incredible amount of pressure to deliver a phone with top-notch performance and something special to offer consumers. The Galaxy S9+ is expected to feature a new and improved dual-lens camera with 6GB of RAM, while the less expensive S9 will ship with a single-lens camera and 4GB of RAM.
Although the base S9 is definitely not going to be as impressive of an upgrade as the S9+, both phones should be a significant bump up compared to the current S8 models. Recent information suggests, too, that the battery will see a notable increase that should make up for the increased power demands of these more technically impressive successors.
The information obtained by Tencent Digital News is in Chinese, but the numbers in the image below can clearly be made out. This new leak seems to show that the Galaxy S9 will ship with a 3200 mAh battery which is slightly bigger than the Galaxy S8’s 3000. This roughly 7% bigger battery for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ won’t necessarily make a huge difference in the life of your phone, but it allows the device to continue to last all day as we move into the new generation of Samsung handsets. The leak also suggests we’ll see Quick Charge 3.0 technology and 12W fast wireless charging, for speed and convenience when it comes time to top off your phone. The 12W wireless charging is significantly faster than the 7W charging offered by the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, which may give the Samsung devices an advantage they so desperately need over Apple’s latest flagships.
Galaxy S9 and S9+ Release Date
We expect that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be revealed during a press conference in late February, with a launch sometime this coming March. With a release of the S8 and S8+ back in April of this year, and considering most manufacturers’ track record of releasing flagships on a yearly schedule, it’s looking very likely that this information is reliable.
It’s important to keep in mind that any information from a leak is subject to change, but considering how close we are to a release, images such as the one included above seem to give us knowledge that will likely be confirmed in just a couple of months. We’ll have to wait until March to see whether the little information we have about the upcoming phones is actually credible, but if the reliability of past leaks is any indication, it’s looking pretty clear that we’ll see a bigger battery for the Galaxy S9 and S9+.