Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Specs Surfaced; to Appear at CES 2018
The hype around Samsung’s next year flagship, the Galaxy S9 series, is building. Yesterday, famous leak star Evan Blass, who goes by the Twitter handle @evleaks, reported that the upcoming Galaxy S9 would be an iterative update in the “tock” cycle since the Galaxy S8 was a significant upgrade as a part of the “tick” cycle. The Galaxy S9+ had already been spotted on Geekbench a week ago.
They are codenamed Star 1 and Star 2, have model numbers SM-G960 and SM-G965, and are rumored to feature infinity displays on both devices. Samsung has ordered 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch edge-to-edge curved Infinity Displays, which are likely the display of these smartphones. The Geekbench spec list mentioned it to be powered by the Exynos 9 Series 9810. But the international variant will likely sport another chipset, like the Galaxy S8. The best guess is the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset.
The spec list mentioned 4 GB of RAM on the S9+, but according to rumors, the Galaxy S9+ is said to pack 6 GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S9 will have only 4 GB of RAM. There will be 64 GB of internal storage with a micro SD slot, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and AKG stereo speakers. The spec sheet also confirmed the device would run on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo. A well-known tipster, Eldar Murtazin, previously claimed that the Galaxy S9 might feature a modular design similar to Google Project Ara or Motorola MotoModes, where users can add or remove modules according to their requirements. He mentioned that Samsung would place magnetic pins on the back of the phone, allowing external modules to be attached. Samsung is also rumored to be releasing a new version of the DeX dock that lets users place the phone flat so that it can be used as a virtual keyboard or touchpad, and it will also be compatible with the previous flagships.
A render of the Galaxy S9+ was leaked earlier this week. The render reveals the rear fingerprint sensor will be shifted below the camera, unlike the Galaxy S8. The rear also has a dual camera setup placed in a vertical arrangement. According to the new report, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ will be previewed at CES 2018 in Las Vegas in January and will likely go on sale around February.