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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Flagship Smartphones Leak in Renders [u]

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Just ahead of the Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, Samsung is getting ready to launch the 2018 versions of its flagship Galaxy S smartphones i.e. the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. According to VentureBeat, the devices are expected to begin shipping, and selling through retail on March 16, as evident from the date appearing in the leaked press shots.

Update: this article was updated to indicate the renders were leaked by Venture Beat and not announced by Samsung.

Samsung galaxy s9 and s9 plus

This year, more than screen dimensions will separate the two models in contrast to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which are nearly identical except for their display diagonals. In terms of design however, both the 5.8-inch S9 and the 6.2-inch S9+ will feature the same chassis as their predecessors.

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in the U.S. and China, and Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 systems-on-chip in the rest of the world, the first differentiator between the S9 siblings lies in their memory configurations i.e. 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage for the S9+, whereas the standard S9 will feature the same 4GB/64GB pairing as last generation.

The main highlight for both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be refreshed imaging hardware and software — a notion confirmed by two people briefed on Samsung’s plans. Besides motion-detected, “super slow-mo” video capture, both devices are said to feature variable aperture on their primary 12-megapixel cameras. It’s a mechanical adjustment that switches between f/2.4 and smallest-in-class f/1.5.

The Galaxy S9+ adds a second 12-megapixel rear module, but this one has a standard fixed aperture. In what will be important to many, all of the phones’ rear elements are aligned vertically, instead of horizontally like the S8, with the fingerprint scanner located more naturally at the bottom of the stack.

Looks like Samsung is making it more difficult for its users this year, some of whom may even want a smaller screen, to choose the basic S9 without additional trade-offs.

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  • Kris

    A slim bezel at the top for the sensors and cameras makes so much more sense than screen cutouts or a stupid notch which distorts video and looks silly in general.

  • My 1/2 cents

    Same chassis? That’s quite pathetic. No point in upgrading and paying the premium price when an older model will do making choosing which model a no brainer.

  • Olivier

    Isn’t it what people have been doing with iphones since the 6?

  • FragilityG4

    I love my notch! I’m hoping the next one is even bigger just to p off people! Hahaha

  • Tim

    It would really benefit from a notch… said only Jony Ives.

  • Tim

    When Apple finally abandons this design choice, all of you notch purchasers are going to be impatiently waiting for the delivery of your notch free iPhones and singing their praises, like it’s an amazing feature. 🙂

  • FragilityG4

    Apple is stubborn. What makes you think they will abandon the notch because a few people on disqus doesn’t like it?

  • Nick

    Plus a phone is more than its shape… the guts and camera may be improved. I’m probably going to switch – too many Apple bugs over the years, and there are some great looking android phones.

  • Steve

    You mean Bert’s Uni-brow lol.

  • John

    This is what the iPhone X should of looked like.

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