The Galaxy S9 and S9 + will be launched at the Mobile World Congress, which begins on February 26, and the new phones will arrive in stores on March 16.
But what can you expect from these two flagships? Designs similar to the current Galaxy S8 alignment but with significantly improved cameras, a much more powerful processor and some surprises. Credit: OnLeaks
According to various leaks and rumors from various sources, including a filtered sale box, here are the characteristics of the Galaxy S9 and S9 + in this stage, it does not mean end, many things could change from here to the end of February, but should provide a good idea of what to expect from Samsung.
|Galaxy S9||Galaxy S9 +|
|Screen||5.8 inches (2960 x 1440)||6.2 inches (2960 x 1440)|
|CPU||Snapdragon 845||Snapdragon 845  RAM||4GB||4GB|
|Rear camera||12-MP Super Speed Dual Pixel (f / 1.5, f / 2.4)||12- MP Super Speed Dual Pixel (f / 1.5, f / 2.4) and 12-MP (f / 2.4_  Optical zoom||No||2x|
|Battery||3,000 mAh||3,500 mAh|
|Audio||AKG stereo speakers, 3.5 mm headphones||AKG stereo speakers, 3.5 mm headphones|
|Software||Android 8.0 plus Bixby UI  Android 8.0 plus Bixby UI|
Design and screens
The Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 + may not be very different from their predecessors, and that would not be a bad thing We loved the designs of the Galaxy S8 and S8 + , thanks to its Infinity Displays that almost go from song to song, as well as to the clear resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels in both phones. The S9 and S9 + are expected to have Super AMOLED panels similar to 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches, respectively.
However, we hope that Samsung can increase the brightness and color accuracy on the screens for its new flagships, as the iPhone X beat Note 8 and S8 on our face-to-face OLED screen. We also expect Samsung to leave the headphone jack alone, since having this feature is an advantage over the alignment of Apple and other flagship Android products such as Pixel 2 from Google or Z2 Force from Motorola.
We have seen evidence that Samsung will be trumpeting the "reinvented" cameras on the Galaxy S9 and S9 +, and recent reports seem to back it up. Specifically, a filtered image of the Galaxy S9 package shows that it will have a Super Speed Dual Pixel camera with a resolution of 12 megapixels. We're not entirely sure what Super Speed means, but we're guessing that both the S9 and the S9 + will offer an even faster capture than the S8.
Even more interesting, the S9 apparently will have two classified openings: f / 1.5 and f / 2.4. This would allow f / 1.5 to activate when shooting in low light. And as ArsTechnica reports, opening f / 2.4 would allow S9 to have a wider depth of field.
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The Galaxy S9 + should be even better, as it will reportedly include a second lens that It should provide a 2x optical zoom and portrait style shots such as Galaxy Note 8. In addition, you should expect a live focus function that allows you to customize the amount of blur effect you want in the background. As with Note 8, you should be able to adjust this on the fly while shooting or after the fact.
CPU, RAM and storage
From now on, the Galaxy S9 and S9 + will probably include 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage standard, but Samsung may offer more for a higher price. A microSD card slot must still be on board for expansion.
The most important news is the addition of the Snapdragon 845, all confirmed. This CPU will not only be up to 25 percent faster than the Snapdragon 835 chip in the Galaxy S8, but it will offer many other advantages.
On the one hand, the 845 processor will have an enhanced image signal processor, which means that the S9 and S9 + should be able to capture images more quickly, as well as record slow-motion videos at 480 frames per second. The 845 chip also allows for better HDR photos, which should allow the S9 to better compete with Google Pixel 2.
The fastest upload should also be available through the Snapdragon 845, such as better biometric security and LTE gigabit speeds super fast.
Audio Jack and Stereo Headset
Despite rumors that Samsung may be abandoning the headphone jack for the Galaxy S9 and S9 +, more recent reports point to Samsung being maintained. And that's a good thing, even though there are many excellent wireless headphones available for those who want to cut the cable.
Samsung already demonstrated with the S8 that it could offer an IP68 waterproof design along with a 3.5mm connector, and we do not see why Samsung got into that formula, since the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X They lack a connector.
A welcome change to the audio front could be the stereo speakers for both the Galaxy S9 and the S9 +, which will reportedly be powered by AKG. Samsung has been behind HTC in terms of sound quality, so it would be great to see the company intensify its game here.
The Galaxy S9 and S9 + probably carry batteries the same size as their predecessors, but they should still be able to last longer with a charge. That's because Qualcomm promises that the GPU in the Snapdragon 845 chip has 30 percent better energy efficiency. In addition, the 845 processor has four efficiency cores dedicated to A55.
It's safe to say that Bixby's assistant on the Galaxy S8 did not set the world on fire. In fact, many pushed for Samsung to allow users to re-assign the Bixby button to another function. However, it seems that the Galaxy S9 should do a better job of integrating Bixby's artificial intelligence into the user's general interface, rather than being an isolated feature.
According to the Iceiverse of the leaks, a new Galaxy AI UX will feed the Galaxy S9, which would include more elements of artificial intelligence and machine learning. It is also safe to assume that Samsung will try to take advantage of the momentum behind Bixby by being a way to link all of its other electronic devices and appliances, which was a central issue for the company at CES 2018.
On the surface, the specifications for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 + do not look so different from the Galaxy S8 and S8 +. But Samsung does not need to make radical changes. A much improved camera, a smarter software, a faster processor, a longer battery life and a more robust sound could help Samsung to retain the title of best Android phone and make a serious challenge to the iPhone X as the best general phone .