Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ – what we know so far about price, release and specifications

Samsung is going to show off its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones at a launch event at Mobile World Congress on February 25.

Official announcement about Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones is pending but thanks to a number of leaks we have come to know a lot about the handsets’ prices, specifications, key features.

The ‘Galaxy S9’ name has been confirmed by Samsung itself. With the iPhone X as their main competition in the smartphone market, the two upcoming handsets will have a lot riding on them.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 price will be the highest yet for the range. The Galaxy S9 will reportedly be launched in two variants – one with 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage and the other with 4GB RAM/ 128GB storage. Galaxy S9 prices are expected to start at a record high of KRW 950,000 compared to the Galaxy S8’s launch price of KRW 935,000.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S9+ price is expected to start at KRW 990,000 in the company’s home country; it is rumoured to come with 6GB RAM and 64/ 128/ 256/ 512GB inbuilt storage.

One aspect where the Samsung Galaxy S9 series is not expected to surprise is the design. With the Galaxy S flagship range getting a design overhaul last year, Samsung is expected to keep things quieter with an upgrade focused mostly on internal specifications. Despite that, we can expect minor changes in the overall design. For starters, the fingerprint sensor will reportedly shift from the right of the rear camera lens to below it. This is possibly a decision taken to make it more ergonomic to operate – one where you don’t mistakenly touch the camera lens instead of the sensor. An under-display fingerprint sensor is highly unlikely on the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+.

Apart from that, the display might have slightly thinner bezels, although several rumours suggest no change from the previous generation. Additionally, the Galaxy S9+ is rumoured to sport a dual rear camera setup. As for the colour options, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones are said to come in Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue colours, apart from limited edition models.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are confirmed to launch on February 25, with pre-orders expected to start on March 2. Following that, availability is expected to start within a few weeks of pre-orders. Of course, Samsung will give all the relevant information at the launch event.

Samsung’s upcoming flagship phones will most likely be powered by the latest flagship SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845, in US and China markets. The Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC, launched last month, is expected to power the smartphones in other international markets including India. Much like other flagship smartphones launched recently, we can expect the Galaxy S9 series to run Samsung Experience UI on top of Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.

As mentioned above, the Galaxy S9 is expected to have 4GB RAM and up to 128GB inbuilt storage, while the Galaxy S9+ is expected to feature 6GB RAM and up to 512GB inbuilt storage. The Galaxy S9 is expected to sport a 5.8-inch Quad-HD AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S9+ might feature a 6.2-inch display. Both phones are expected to retain the Bixby button from last year.Coming to the camera, the official invite as well as leaks suggest a major upgrade this time around. A variable aperture of f/1.5 to f/2.4 is expected in the rear cameras, giving the phones DSLR-like aperture adjustment capabilities. New ISOCELL sensors have also been spotted that come with technologies like Tetracell and Smart WDR.

Other capabilities such as Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), and Dual Pixel are also reported to arrive on the Galaxy S9 duo.