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New Information Confirms 18.5:9 Galaxy S9 Resolution

With the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus anticipated to launch within the next few months, the internet is abuzz with various rumors and leaks about the upcoming phones. As with any Samsung flagship, fans are scrambling to get their hands on any information they can regarding what we can expect from the new phones. While it’s obviously difficult to confirm the specs of the phone before an official announcement, recent listings from an HTML5 benchmark test give us a hint towards the actual figures of the Galaxy S9 resolution.

Galaxy S9 Resolution
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Galaxy S9 Resolution

Two Samsung devices with the model numbers SM-6960F and SM-G9650 are believed to be the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus respectively, and have recently shown up in the database of HTML5 benchmark testing. While we can’t glean an exact resolution from just the results of these tests, it seems that the 360 x 740 Galaxy S9 resolution and the 412 x 846 of the S9 Plus are indicative of an 18.5:9 image format. This isn’t much of a surprise, considering this is the same resolution used with the incredibly successful Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, Note 8, and the upcoming line of Samsung mid-range phones.

Other information included in the HTML5 benchmark listings confirm previous reports that both devices will include the QHD+ resolution of their predecessors, with a 2960 x 1440 Infinity display panel.

Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: What We Know

From the rumors and leaks thus far regarding the release of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, it seems that the release will be largely iterative. Specifications will improve, giving users a faster and more capable phone, but there aren’t any major shakeups expected with these upcoming handsets. While Samsung seems to have arrived at a formula that works for them, formulaic releases may put them behind competitors like Apple, who have recently grabbed the attention of the market with an innovative Face ID technology. While Samsung remains one of the most popular Android manufacturers, it’s in the company’s best interest to bring something new to the table rather than provide a simple step up from their current devices.

The aesthetic of the device is said to be a combination of the Galaxy Note 8 and S8, with corners that are more rounded than the Note 8 but with a design that’s blockier than the previous S model. The Galaxy S9 will be slightly smaller, but will ship with the same 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display. With a 3200 mAh battery compared to the 3000 mAh found in its predecessor, users should see a moderate increase in battery life.

The processor in the phone will be the latest from Qualcomm — the Snapdragon 845 — and will provide a noticeable increase in power when compared to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. International versions of the phone will be powered by Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 9810 SoC.

Both phones are expected to be released near the end of February, so it won’t be too long until we have a confirmation of all of the specifications mentioned above. What exactly we’ll see with the Galaxy S9 resolution remains to be seen, but if the reliability of previous leaks is any indication, an 18.5:9 ratio is looking increasingly likely.