Samsung has as expected officialized its Galaxy S9 and S9+ at the MWC, and as often, the rumors were all good or almost all good. But the time has come to make it official, not for rumours. So that’s all you need to know about the two new flagships.  

This article will be regularly updated. Last updated on 19/03/2018

The main characteristics

  • Screen : Amoled QHD+ (2960 x 1440) of 5.8 (Galaxy S9) or 6.2 inches (Galaxy S9+)
  • Processor: Exynos 9810 octo-core, 4 x 2.7 GHz and 4 x 1.7 GHz
  • Main sensor: 12 mpx Dual Pixel variable aperture: f/1.5 or 2.4; optically stabilized. 
  • Second rear sensor (only on S9+) : Telephoto 12 mpx f/2.4; optically stabilized.
  • Front sensor: 8 mpx, f/1.7, screen flash. 
  • Battery: 3000 mAh (Galaxy S9); 3500 mAh (Galaxy S9+)
  • Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm / 163g (S9); 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm / 189g
  • IP68, wireless charging, dual-sim, fingerprint sensor, face and iris recognition
  • OS : Android 8.0 Oreo; Overlay Samsung Experience 9.0

Price and release date

Galaxy S9s are already available for pre-order and will be released on March 16, 2018. With 64 GB of storage, you can expect to pay 859 euros for Galaxy S9 and 959 euros for Galaxy S9+. Pre-orders were honoured as of March 9.  

The firm has also set up a trade-in offer (until March 15th) for your old phone (any brand) in partnership with ReCommerce. The price of the Galaxy S9 will be recalculated based on the purchase price of your old smartphone with a bonus of 100 euros. 

If you wish to purchase smartphones through an operator, we have made the calculations to offer you the offers that we think are the most interesting.

  • Galaxy S9 and S9+: which package to choose to buy it cheaper?

Testing and handling

  • Our Galaxy S9 test
  • Our takeover of the Galaxy S9 and S9+

Further information

  • Crash test of the Galaxy S9: the back cracked but the screen held up well
  • Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X: the first face to face or how to make the right choice
  • Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy Note 8 : our first photo comparison
  • Galaxy S9: how does its variable aperture photo sensor work? 
  • Why is it better to buy a Galaxy S9 Plus rather than an S9? 

Summary of rumours and information

For posterity, find below all the rumors about smartphones.  

Animojis

Like the iPhone X, the Galaxy S9 would offer animojis or a digital transposition of your face. That’s what the teaser below suggests.>

Exynos 9810 > Snapdragon 845

According to initial results from Geekbench, the Exynos 9810 chip offers superior performance to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. According to Geekbench, the Exynos 9810 chip offers 3648 points in single-core vs. 2214 points and 8894 points in multi-core vs. 8296 points respectively. 

Jack socket and new DeX TouchPad

Evan Blass strikes again on the Galaxy S9 by publishing a press rendering of the new DeX dock topped by the smartphone. It teaches us two things: on the one hand that the jack connector will be kept, and on the other hand that the dock will now position the phone horizontally. What for? Probably turn the smartphone into a TouchPad, like Razer’s Linda project. 

Design is confirmed

EvLeaks, which is no longer presented, no longer publishes what appear to be press renderings of the Galaxy S9 and S9+. It is similar in design to the S8 with some adjustments on the rear side, such as a moved fingerprint sensor on the APN (as on the A8). The S9 would have only one while the + would have a duo, arranged vertically. 


 

Galaxy $9²

After EtNews, TechRadar in turn assures that the phone will be sold for a hundred pounds more than last year, or around £789. A video showing a purple shell is also appearing… suggesting that the phone could be declined in this color. 

Galaxy $9

Decidedly, one hears everything and its opposite on the price of the product. At first thought to be lower than before, it is now expected to be between $890 and $930. 

Dual Sensor Vertical

A propsman publishes a picture of what is supposed to be the Galaxy S9+. It thus confirms the presence of a double sensor arranged vertically. 

Presentation on 25 February. It’s official

Samsung has sent out the invitation cards on which you can see 9 which does not leave much room for doubt. It will be February 25, and he will reinvent the photo part. 

 

Only at MWC

Would Samsung’s competitors have given up the idea of overshadowing the Galaxy S9? Both LG and Huawei would not have flagships in Barcelona as they did in 2017. However, Sony would be in the game with a new range.

SlowMo @ 480 fps

Samsung is officially introducing its new ISOCELL Bright sensor and Tetracell technology which improves light sensitivity in low light conditions by merging multiple pixels into a single largepixel. A technology already seen in others. The new sensor is also capable of capturing video at 480 fps for even slower slower slows. 

Cheaper than usual

The director of Samsung China spoke in much the same language: many manufacturers are increasing the prices of their phones […], but the selling price of the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be the lowest in the world.  Yes, Galaxy S9 should put an end to the price escalation. That being said, that doesn’t mean it will be cheap. Spoiler: He won’t be. 

Marketed March 16 ?

The famous Evan Blass, aka EvLeaks, the smartphone will be announced on February 26th, pre-orders opened on March 1st, and marketing launched on March 16th. Three-step program on very credible dates. 

Identical battery

According to a document published by the Brazilian authorities, the Galaxy S9 will be entitled to a 3000 mAh battery, like its predecessor. A similar degree of autonomy can therefore be expected.  

One box, with features

A Reddit user publishes a picture of a Galaxy S9 box on the platform. If it is authentic, it gives an idea of the main features of the terminal including a 5.8-inch screen and 4GB of RAM and iris scanner. The crunchiest detail is in the photo: there is mention of a dual 12MP sensor opening at f/1.5 and f/2.4. An opening never seen before. 

 

An official presentation at the Mobile World Congress

Rumours about this new model are numerous, from the presence of a headphone jack to the famous foldable screen that Samsung has been working on for years. There is also some key information that is known to be solid. First of all, the Galaxy S9 and its big brother XXL the S9 Plus will be equipped with the latest Snapdragon 845 processor (Chinese and American versions) and the Exynos 9810 (Europe and rest of the world). 

Then Samsung, through the voice of the boss of its mobile division DJ Koh, took advantage of the CES to indicate that the presentation of the new flagship will take place at the Mobile World Congress next month. It will be recalled that the Galaxy S8 was introduced in March 2017 and launched in April. This suggests that the commercialization of S9 is expected to take place in March.

Opening at f/1.4

This is the part that should see the biggest changes this year. According to MMDDJ, which has already had proven information on Samsung, the Galaxy S9 would have an opening sensor at f/1.5 and f/1.4 on the S9+. The latter would also be entitled to a second sensor, as on the Galaxy Note 8 or the iPhone X. 

A competing version of Face ID

Even before the release of the iPhone X, Samsung had to correct the situation regarding facial recognition after hacking the Galaxy S8’s iris scanner with a simple photo and contact lenses. According to the Korea Herald, the manufacturer has revised its copy and plans to introduce it in its entry-level models this year or in 2019. Note that the Snapdragon 845 is compatible with 3D face mapping technology similar to Apple’s Face ID. The latter projects 30,000 infrared dots to detail the face, while the Qualcomm chip generates 50,000, giving it a theoretical advantage in terms of accuracy.

Fingerprint Scanner Return

We sincerely hope that Samsung has found a better solution for the location of the fingerprint reader. There have been rumors that it could be integrated into the screen, as we have already talked about the iPhone X. But in the end, the most likely outcome is that Samsung plays the continuity for this transition model by keeping the location at the back.

The Galaxy S9 is unlikely to be foldable

Last year, Samsung filed a patent for a folding screen phone, while Bloomberg claimed over the summer that the manufacturer would launch two models of this type. But this year at CES, DJ Koh cut short those assumptions by saying that the folding screen smartphone wouldn’t be released until next year. According to him, the main difficulty lies in the user experience, in order to find the ideal symbiosis between software and hardware ergonomics and relevant use cases. In other words, simply adding a foldable screen is not enough to make a smartphone natively ideal.

A design very similar to the Galaxy S8

Judging by the increasing number of Galaxy S9 protective covers that are blooming on Amazon, it can be deduced that its design has been fixed for quite some time already. And it seems pretty clear that the S9 will be very similar to its predecessor, with the same type of Infinity Display with curved edges and the same diagonals: 5.8 inches for the S9 and 6.2 inches for the S9 Plus.

A double apn at the front and rear

The first rumors about the Galaxy S9 were about an “iPhone X-like” configuration, with two front cameras. But the latest rumors suggest that we’ll stick with a more classic design, with a single front camera and two rear cameras, at least on the Galaxy S9 Plus.

High quality video with Snapdragon 845

The latest Qualcomm SoC is expected to give the Galaxy S9 a major technical advantage in terms of video and photography. In addition to giving smartphones the ability to shoot in Ultra HD for the first time, the chip will also help make shots even brighter, reduce image noise and even insert video microphones into still portraits.

Record autonomy

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ both offer 16 hours of battery life and Note 8 offers an additional hour. Another advantage of Snapdragon 845 is that it will reduce energy consumption by about 30%. If that’s true, then the S9 may well go and tease the 20 hours of battery life.

512 GB storage

Perhaps it is on the storage side that Galaxy S9 will hold the most surprises. Samsung could offer up to 512GB of internal storage, which would overwhelm the competition. The SamMobile site recently picked up on this information by indicating that there might be a Galaxy S9 Plus 512 GB with 6 GB of RAM, but that it would only be available in small quantities and only in certain countries. The article states that the S9 would offer 64 to 128GB of storage and that the S9 Plus would add a third option of 256GB which would bring it up to the level of the iPhone. 

Always a headphone jack

While Apple has abandoned the 3.5 mm jack plug from the iPhone 7, imitated by Google’s Pixel 2, the Moto Z, the Essential Phone and others, the Galaxy S9 could play the “vintage” card by keeping this connection. This could make it more attractive to users with a good wired headset that they don’t want to part with.

What if it’s not called “Galaxy S9”?

The iPhone X (pronounced “ten”), named after the tenth anniversary of the Apple smartphone, has created a problem or perhaps an opportunity for Samsung. Indeed, by following the numerical order with a Galaxy “S9”, the brand risks creating a feeling of inferiority among its customers compared to an iPhone “ten”. According to Forbes, Samsung could choose the name Galaxy X. But the builder might as well skip a number and switch to Galaxy S11, or something else…  

A four-digit selling price?

With the Galaxy Note 8 and then the iPhone X, the symbolic bar of 1,000 euros has been crossed for a high-end smartphone. It is quite likely that this trend will continue, especially with the Galaxy S9, at least on the Plus version.