THEY SAY the Samsung Galaxy S9 will roll out a lot earlier next year than the previous models. Generally, the Galaxy series are launched sometime around April, but we can expect an early March 2018 launch of the Galaxy S9. They will or might be codenamed Star and Star 2 depending upon their variants like in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.
What will the Samsung Galaxy S9 be like?
1. It might have all four sides featuring curved screens. This was reported by ET news, a Korean news outlet. A new lamination style might help Samsung to come up with a new technology to facilitate four-sided edge screens.
2. It might keep the same size as the Galaxy S8. Tip-offs say that Samsung will retain a 5.8″ screen for the Star and 6.2″ for the Star 2 model. Like in the S8, the S9 will feature infinity displays.
3. Fingerprint sensors will certainly come back to the like of S6 and S7s. The S8 featured the sensors at the back of the phone which was a cause of many customers complaining about its accessibility. So the S9 would mostly feature its fingerprint sensors in the front side.
4. A possibility to have magnetic pins or points on the backside of the phone to facilitate addition of external modules and/or external sensors.
5. A Camera, that will probably surpass the S8. Tips-offs say that it will be capable of shooting at 1,000 frames per second! That would mean, the size of videos would be pretty large, and slow motion shootings would be almost incredible. This would probably be in a bid to rival the camera featured on the Sony Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Premium.
6. The S9 could feature upto 8GB RAM on 128 GB devices and perhaps higher on 256GB devices that will initially be only sold within Asia. Standard memory size of the phone might be 128 GB and above.
7. We can expect a Samsung-built Exynos chipset, or a Qualcomm-designed Snapdragon chipset. The standards even in the previous Galaxy models. Aju Business daily has reported that Qualcomm and Samsung were already in development of Snapdragon 850 chipset which would power the S9 Star and Star 2 units and is expected to go into mass production sometime in October 2017.
8. The Samsung Galaxy S8 ran on a 10nm chip, which is already seriously efficient. But if Samsung can effectively and efficiently make the leap to 7nm, we could see significant performance gains with the Galaxy S9.
9. Download speeds are expected to be increased to almost 1.2GB per second thanks to the Exynos chipset with a new LTE modem. This could mean the phone might very well be ready for the upcoming 5G era owing to its blitzkreig downlink speeds of 1.6Gbps speeds.
10. Android 8.0 Oreo. The S9 will surely be powered by a new version of Android. No surprises there.
How heavy on pockets?
The Star would probably be available in India for Rs 57,000 and the Star 2 for Rs 68,000 somewhere around early March 2018.
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