Samsung Galaxy S9 launch set for February 25; here’s what we know so far about the phone

Samsung hints at the upcoming Galaxy S9 series to feature improved camera technology over its predecessor

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Highlights

    • Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ tipped to run Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC
    • The Galaxy S9+ is expected to feature dual rear cameras
    • The Unpacked event will be live streamed on Samsung website

Samsung has released media invites announcing the date for their next big launch of the new year. The company will unveil its flagship models for 2018 and successor to the Galaxy S8, the Samsung Galaxy S9 at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event 2018.

Samsung will run its Galaxy S9 unwrapping show on February 25 at 6 PM CET (10:30 PM IST). As per the Unpacked event dateline, the upcoming Samsung event will take place a day ahead of MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2018 official kick off.

The invite shows a large number 9 in purple colour and date on the bottom right corner. The invitation doesn’t give much of a hint about the upcoming device. But it does highlight the words “The camera. Reimagined” suggesting that the new Galaxy S9 will have improved camera technology over its predecessor.

samsung-galaxy-s9-event-invite_officialOfficial details about the Galaxy S9 are sparse as of now but rumours have spit out a few aspects that we can expect in the upcoming premium Samsung smartphones.

Here’s what the rumour mill has churned out so far

Like last year, Samsung is expected to showcase a bigger version of the Galaxy S9 under the moniker Galaxy S9+ at the launch event. The devices might integrate Samsung’s ISOCELL sensor that uses in-house ‘Tetracell technology’ to deliver better low images with high colour fidelity. The base version is said to have a single camera lens with an aperture of f/1.5. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S9+ is expected to offer dual rear camera setup with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures.

As for the hardware, the new Samsung Galaxy S9 series is tipped to have Qualcomm’s all new Snapdragon 845 chipset under the hood. The global variants are expected to be powered by the in-house Exynos 9810 processor that has AI and face recognition capabilities. Speculations are rife that the Galaxy S9+ may pack a massive 512GB storage but that is said to be a special variant that may be offered only in certain markets. The Galaxy S9, on the other hand, could have two storage options- 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/128GB inbuilt storage.

In terms of display, the Galaxy S9 is expected to feature a 5.8-inch QHD+ AMOLED front panel with slim bezels. The smartphones are expected to have a slight upgrade on the battery front too. Rumours further go on to suggest that Samsung may incorporate its own version of Apple’s Face ID for secure unlocking and on-screen fingerprint reader.

We will have to wait till Feb 25th to reliably know which of the above features eventually see the light of the day in the Samsung flagships.