Samsung Galaxy S9: Launch date, specs, cost and all else we know


The immeasurable day is on us. This Sunday, Feb 25, during 6 p.m. Barcelona time — that’s noon ET and 9 a.m. PT — Samsung rises a shade on a subsequent era of a flagship smartphone. On a eve of Mobile World Congress, we’ll finally get a possibility to see that Galaxy S9 rumors block with existence — and either Samsung will dump one of the year’s best phones.

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A rumored pattern of a Galaxy S9.


The rumors positively paint a pattern of a reward phone that could give a iPhone X a critical run for a money. And a new news from German site Win Future corroborates many of a rumors we’ve been tracking for weeks: a face clear apparatus to rival Apple’s Face ID; a probable (but unlikely) virtual fingerprint reader; and new tinge options including lilac purple.  

Plus there’s everything we’ve learned about Qualcomm’s’s Snapdragon 845 processor, that is approaching to energy a Galaxy S9 and is lifting a expectations for some critical advancements in camera along with confidence technology. Samsung’s new array of YouTube ads strengthens a box for suspected camera upgrades that will capacitate superfast focus, extended slow-motion, low-light constraint — and animated emojis, like a ones initial seen on a iPhone X. 

But a biggest wish for a Galaxy S9 concerns pattern some-more than technology. We’re dismissed adult about a clearly approaching awaiting of Samsung relocating a flagship’s fingerprint sensor to a some-more ergonomic position — subsequent a behind camera lens instead of to a side — that would discharge a biggest hangup with a Galaxy S8

Between all of Apple’s new phones and the hangover from a Galaxy Note 7, that was recalled twice in 2016 due to bursting batteries, Samsung has a lot to infer with a stirring flagship. And with days to go until a announcement, a gossip indent is going nuts. What follows is a collection of what we know for certain and what we’re conference about a stirring Samsung Galaxy S9.

Editors’ note, Feb. 24: This post was creatively published on Dec. 20, 2017, and will continue to be updated with Samsung Galaxy S9 news and rumors.  


Apple has done “X” and “10″ a own.


Confirmed: It will be called a Galaxy S9

We’ve listened all kinds of theories about what Samsung competence call this phone, generally in light of Apple resolutely skipping over a iPhone 9 for a iPhone X. But Samsung is personification it true — and subtle, with customarily a smallest curtsy tucked nonchalantly in a 10th divide of a company’s latest earnings press release: “In a initial quarter, a association expects a mobile business to urge a earnings, led by an boost in sales of flagship products with a launch of Galaxy S9.” What’s in a name, anyway?

Confirmed: We’ll see it on Feb. 25 during MWC

It’s official: Feb. 25 is a immeasurable day. Earlier in January, a association reliable to CNET that a Galaxy S9 would be denounced during Mobile World Congress, that this year runs from Feb. 26 to Mar 1 in Barcelona. But now we have a invitation, with a immeasurable purple “9″ on a black credentials and a difference “The camera. Reimagined.”  

Read: Follow CNET’s coverage of MWC.

Rumor: Preorders on Mar 1, sale date on Mar 16

According to Korean telecom carriers, that already have their hands on a central preorder and recover schedule, a Galaxy S9 preorders will start on Feb. 28 in Korea. It will strike store shelves on Mar 16, as reported by The Investor. This syncs adult flattering closely with a timeline tweeted by leaker Evan Blass back in January.

Rumor: It could cost hundreds some-more than a Galaxy S8

Since final year, there were rumors that Samsung competence boost a cost of a subsequent Galaxy by £100 (roughly $140 or AU$175). Now, Evan Blass has tweeted prices that are way higher: £841 for a Galaxy S9 (roughly $1,035 or AU$1,325) and £997 for a Galaxy S9 Plus (roughly $1,225 or AU$1,570). If accurate, Samsung’s new entry-level Galaxy S9 would be some-more costly than Apple’s $999 bottom indication iPhone X. For context, a Galaxy S8 started during $750, £689 and AU$1,119.

Rumor: Samsung has a possess chronicle of Face ID

The Galaxy S9 competence underline a new record that rivals a iPhone X’s Face ID, as reported by SamCentral. According to an APK teardown of a latest Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy Note 8, destiny Samsung phones competence have something called “Intelligent Scan.” Now, Samsung’s existent face clear program isn’t deliberate secure adequate to use Samsung Pay. The iris scanner is. Apparently, Intelligent Scan combines iris scanning and facial recognition. And according to the code, Intelligent Scan can clear your phone and pointer in to websites, and works good in low-light or splendid conditions. 

Even before Apple upped a ante with a iPhone X, Samsung had something to infer in a facial-recognition dialect after hackers fooled a Galaxy S8′s iris scanner regulating a print and hit lenses. Of course, there’s no pledge that Intelligent Scan will make it into a Galaxy S9.


Apple’s animojis.

GIF by Sean Hollister/CNET

Rumor: It could underline Samsung’s chronicle of Animoji

Giving additional faith to a reports of extended camera technology, a Galaxy S9 is rumored to come versed with a 3D emoji feature in a capillary of Apple’s Animoji, according to Korean news outlet ETNews. In fact, it sounds scarcely identical. The news coyly suggests that Samsung’s chronicle has a particular turn though offers no serve details. 

Rumor: Two cameras on a behind though customarily one on a front


Some renders of a Galaxy S9 uncover twin cameras organised vertically.


The Galaxy S9 Plus will substantially have twin behind cameras, though I’m doubtful about a non-Plus model’s prospects. Renders posted by Evan Blass show a indication supposed to be a Galaxy S9 with a singular camera lens positioned above a fingerprint sensor. 

That said, a Reddit user’s photo, initial published by SamMobile, of a Galaxy S9 sell box lists dual rear-facing 12-megapixel cameras and a single-lens 8-megapixel front cam. There’s also a 5.8-inch Quad-HD+ super AMOLED screen. So there’s that.

Both a S9 and S9 Plus could come versed with Samsung’s new Isocell sensors, however, that support quick autofocus abilities that assistance it file in on fast-moving subjects, even in low light. This record allows for super-detailed slow-motion video recording with 1080p fortitude during 480 frames per second, definition a video should be both frail and buttery smooth. And the Snapdragon 845 may give a Galaxy S9 some other advantages — including creation it a initial to record 4K Ultra HD video. 

Rumor: It won’t have a practical fingerprint scanner

One of a highlights of CES was the puzzling antecedent phone shown by Chinese manufacturer Vivo. We now know it’s called a Vivo X20 Plus UD, that it went on sale in China in Jan and that a practical home button, that appears customarily when we need it and afterwards gets out of a way, is awesome. Vivo calls it Clear ID.

What does this have to do with Samsung? The newest leaked images have dimmed a hopes that a Vivo’s embedded scanner competence find a approach onto the stirring Galaxy S9 – and we’ve been bitten by rumors about an embedded scanner before. We’ve supposed that it’s a prolonged shot and that we’re distant some-more approaching to see a Galaxy S9 that follows in a footsteps of a recently expelled Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus, that have dedicated hardware-based fingerprint scanners centered subsequent a behind camera. 

Rumor: First with a Snapdragon 845 processor (which is insanely fast)


Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chip.

Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

The Galaxy S9 is approaching to be one of a first phones in 2018 to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset. (It’s approaching to run Samsung’s own Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor in Asia and maybe other regions.) 

CNET ran 12 tests on a Snapdragon 845 processor, and it delivered in a immeasurable way, behaving during slightest 25 percent faster in a immeasurable infancy of them. (See the finish benchmark scores for a Snapdragon “reference phone” vs. a Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel 2 XL and LG V30.) It has a intensity to make a Galaxy S9 a genuine contender to a iPhone X as estimate champ.

Read: What Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon chip competence meant for a Galaxy S9

Rumor: DeX Pad replaces a DeX Dock

The Samsung DeX Dock connected a Galaxy S8 and Note 8 to a guard for a desktop-like experience. According to VentureBeat, an upgraded chronicle of a device — a DeX Pad — will deliver identical functionality in new form-factor that allows a docked phone to be used as a touchpad or practical keyboard.


Samsung’s rumored DeX Dock.


Rumor: A faster wireless horse

Will wireless charging get improved in a Galaxy S9?


Speaking of accessories, here’s one that sounds like a flattering protected bet. Samsung’s website recently published an online manual for a new wireless horse (model series EP-N5100) that doesn’t compare any existing horse in a company’s catalog. Wireless charging is nothing new for Samsung’s phones, of course, and a new indication supports incrementally some-more absolute charging than a Galaxy S8. But we don’t know strictly either a Galaxy S9 will be means to assign faster or take advantage of a aloft wattage upheld by a EP-N5100.

Rumor: Super battery life

According to a latest information, a Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are approaching to have 3,000 and 3,500mAh batteries, respectively, customarily like their predecessors. Qualcomm says a Snapdragon 845 chip delivers 30 percent improved energy efficiency. But there’s no revelation either a Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus could pull over a vaunted 20-hour mark. The S8 and S8 Plus both lasted about 16 hours in a tests, and a Note 8 about an hour longer.


Fingerprint scanner: fixed?

Evan Blass

Rumor: It will demeanour a whole lot like a Galaxy S8

Twitter leaker Evan Blass has posted a series of credible-looking photos of what he says are a Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. They uncover off a pattern that’s some-more iterative than revolutionary: a incomparable swath of serviceable shade space pleasantness of narrower bezels, and a box form that’s a bit taller and narrower. But we’re OK with that since it looks approaching that Samsung has bound a Galaxy S8′s biggest smirch — a fingerprint sensor positioned too closely to a right of a behind camera lens.

Rumor: Purple!? And also substantially china and gray

Evan Blass has tweeted images that uncover a Galaxy S9 in black, lilac purple and titanium gray, and has suggested that coral blue competence also be an option. Though it customarily sticks to required phone colors, Samsung has been famous to spasmodic liven things adult with gold or even a special-edition paint such as the burgundy Galaxy S8 and pink Galaxy S8 Plus

Poetic Cases’ protectors for a Galaxy S9 Plus, now accessible for preorder, uncover a china and gray Galaxy S9 Plus, and we’ve also seen a video of a black Galaxy S9 dummy. Of course, nothing of these products are official, so we’re still holding out wish for a some-more colorful palette.

Confirmed: It will have a new, balmy ringtone

Samsung refreshes a “Over a Horizon” ring tinge each year. Coming to a Galaxy S9 soon, here’s what it sounds like for 2018.

Rumor: 512GB of storage built right in

Samsung competence dramatically lift a stakes when it comes to inner storage. It’s announced the commencement of mass prolongation of a 512GB chip that would give a Galaxy S9 8 times a integrated ability of a 64GB Galaxy S8.

The specs on a leaked pattern of a sell box uncover a 64GB ability model. But, if we can dream for a moment, a 512GB Galaxy S9 would totally dwarf a competition: The highest-end, late indication iPhones tip out during 256GB of storage and a Google Pixel 2 XL comes in 64GB or 128GB versions. (It’s value observant that Samsung chips mostly find their approach into non-Samsung phones, including a iPhone.)

Rumor: The Galaxy S9 could have a headphone jack


This describe of a Samsung Galaxy S9 shows it connected to a new DeX wharf and versed with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Evan Blass (@evleaks)

The newest renders accelerate one of a beginning rumors about a Galaxy S9: that it will have a vaunted headphone jack. The once-mundane 3.5mm pier has turn an increasingly rare, “vintage” underline that could make a Galaxy S9 that most some-more appealing to people who aren’t prepared to embankment their collection of connected headphones. Apple walked divided from a bequest pier with a iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and hasn’t looked back, and a Google Pixel 2, Moto Z, Essential Phone and others have followed suit.

Rumor: It could be radio-ready

How about some old-school FM radio to go with that retro headphone jack? Tom’s Guide reports that Tagstation, builder of a Next Radio app, says Samsung will activate a FM radio chips in some stirring phones. This would presumably concede we to listen to a radio on your phone though streaming over an internet or mobile connection. 

Rumor: A foldable Galaxy S9 (probably won’t happen)

Samsung has stirred chatter about this one. The association pronounced 3 times during a latest earnings report that it’s developing foldable displays, one of a components that could be used in a phone that folds up. We’re not awaiting it to uncover adult in a Galaxy S9, though it could seem in a opposite indication after this year or next. 


In 2016, Samsung filed a obvious for a foldable phone, and after that year Bloomberg reported that a association was deliberation releasing dual models with bendable screens. Late final year, a boss of a company’s mobile business told a Associated Press that Samsung would launch such a phone once it resolved “some problems.” 

We’ll continue to keep an eye on news and rumors in a run-up to a Galaxy S9′s central entrance on Feb. 25.



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