Samsung has been riding high on the success of the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, but it’s not resting on its laurels. In just one month, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 . February 25th is the big day, and it’ll take place at the opening of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We don’t know a lot about the device, but Samsung’s event invitation offers at least one tantalizing teaser.
The invitation to Samsung’s Unpacked event simply shows a “9” on a black background with the phrase “The camera. Reimagined.” This lends some credibility to the rumor that Samsung will focus on camera performance with the Galaxy S9. The GS8 made little in the way of camera improvements over the Galaxy S7. Although, the Note 8 added a secondary camera for 2x zoom photos and an improved portrait mode.
We are still expecting to see a Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus with a larger screen, likely with even smaller bezels than last year’s phones. It’s possible Samsung will only put a dual camera on the Plus variant, which is what Apple does with the iPhone. Whatever Samsung has planned for the camera, it must be a significant change to be the only detail listed on the teaser image.
The Galaxy S9 is almost certain to come with the new Snapdragon 845 system-on-a-chip from Qualcomm. The Galaxy S8 was the first device to ship with the 835 last year, but that phone launched about a month later in 2017. Samsung’s absence at Mobile World Congress gave a bit of breathing room to competitors like LG, but Samsung was still a thorn in LG’s side. It secured most of Qualcomm’s initial Snapdragon 835 supply, causing LG to design the G6 around the older 821. This year, LG has said it’s not committing to a set release schedule for the G7.
In-display fingerprint readers were a big deal at CES this year, and Samsung is known to be working on its own version of that technology. However, rumors point to the Galaxy S9 sporting a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. It will apparently move down below the camera, though, making it easier to reach than the Galaxy S8’s sensor. It’s not impossible Samsung will surprise us with an in-display sensor, but it’s more likely to focus on face unlock or an improved version of the iris scanner.
Whatever Samsung shows off at Mobile World Congress, it’s likely to be the top-selling Android phone until the Note 9 comes out later in 2018.
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