No major redesign expected for Samsung’s Galaxy S9
Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9, could make its first public appearance at the CES tech show in Las Vegas, Jan 9-12, 2018, according to the famous American blogger Evan Blass. The new device is expected to be similar to the current S8, but with boosted performance. The accompanying Galaxy S9+ is expected to get additional RAM and a dual camera.
According to Evan Blass, the design of the S9 and S9+ shouldn’t change much compared to the current S8 (5.8″) and S8+ (6.2″). The upcoming handsets are still expected to have Super AMOLED “Infinity” screens (curved, edge to edge). However, following much criticism, Samsung has reportedly decided to move the fingerprint scanner to below the main camera on the back of the handset.
The main update in the Samsung Galaxy S9 will apparently be performance-related thanks to latest-generation processors. In fact, the S9 could be the first ever smartphone to get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or the Exynos 9810, depending on the region.
Beyond the difference in size, Samsung could, for the first time, be set to offer two smartphones with distinct performances. The Galaxy S9 is expected to get 4GB of RAM and a single main camera while the Galaxy S9+ reportedly gets 6GB of RAM and a dual camera. This would see Samsung slip into a model practised by Apple for several years, symbolised today by its iPhone 8 and 8 Plus handsets. Both smartphones are expected to get 64GB of onboard memory, which can be boosted with a microSD card.
Whereas the new flagship is widely expected to be presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain at the end of February 2018, or at a special event held around that time, the Samsung Galaxy S9 could make a first public appearance at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas.