The Samsung invites are out, revealing that the Galaxy S9 will unpack a day before the 2018 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona starts. D-day is set Feb. 25.
Samsung's next Unpacked event included a "The Camera. Reimagined." teaser over a superimposed number 9 that appears to hint the successor to the Galaxy S8 series will get a shooting upgrade that is intended to obliterate the competition. How exactly the S9 camera setup will impress remains a mystery, but it's safe to assume the step-up will try to beat the competition, foremost of which are the Apple iPhone X and the Google Pixel 2.
Going by what Samsung had delivered last with the Galaxy Note 8, the S9 shooting prowess will likely be highlighted by a dual-camera system. Recent releases of midrange and flagship Android phones have brought out this same treatment and, in many cases, applied on both the rear and front camera. It could be that Samsung will be joining the bandwagon, but how the Galaxy S9 will be distinct is something to watch for.
Rumored Galaxy S9 Specs And Features
In recent days, Samsung was said to be investigating the possibility of using ISOCELL imaging sensors on its next-generation flagship handsets, setting off speculations that if the plan will push through, this will be first seen with the S9. If the camera jump is realized, then the handset will become a ready tool to capture slow-motion clips at 480 frames per second as among its exciting new features.
Likewise, the chance is high that the Galaxy S9 will inherit the dual-camera feature that Samsung debuted with the Galaxy Note 8. However, this particular shooting feature bump will become an exclusive for the Galaxy S9 Plus variant.
As for the secondary camera, there is no solid indication that the S9 will have a dual-camera setting, but the front sensor is rumored to be used for a similar function that Apple had introduced with the iPhone X. That would mean the Galaxy S9 could potentially match the biometric unlocking functionalities, Face ID for example, that were seen previously with rival flagship handsets.
Chinese smartphone brand Vivo has recently unveiled a device model with an in-screen fingerprint sensor, a feature that still eluded Apple and Samsung's flagship bets. With the Galaxy S9 release, Samsung could follow the lead and, in the process, beat its rival to the race.
For now, the minimum expectations for the Samsung Galaxy S9 include the already-flagship standard of slim-bezel display that stretches beyond the 6-inch mark and a monster processor in Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC that will work in tandem with 6 GB of RAM. An improvement in battery capacity is likely but a massive jump from the last model shouldn't be expected.
Out of the box, it is expected that the latest Android Oreo version will run the Galaxy S9 show.