Samsung Galaxy S9 will launch February, go on sale in March


The Samsung Galaxy S9 now has an official launch date! We can expect to see the Korean company’s new flagship in late February 2018. The rumor mill has kicked into overdrive, with leaks revealing that the Galaxy S9 could come in an expanded color range, including a purple model. Various renders have surfaced that give us an idea of what the device will look like, including new CAD-based renders that also show the S9 Plus.

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Samsung Galaxy S9: price and release date

The presentation date of the Samsung Galaxy S9 has been confirmed to be for late February 2018, officially scheduled to go on sale in March. This is according to reports from Bloomberg, which confirm earlier rumors about the production of Samsung’s next flagship being a month ahead of schedule compared to the S8.

With the production of the Galaxy S9 ahead of schedule, there were rumors that Samsung would announce the new flagships in January at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas. However, these speculations have been quashed by a Samsung spokesperson who stated that this would be “very unlikely”, although it’s still possible some kind of teaser will be shown.

Thus, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona could therefore prove to be the stage chosen by the Korean company to unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to the world. We expect more details on this in the coming weeks.

Since MWC 2018 officially begins on Monday, February 26, press events are typically held from the day before; so if Samsung is going to launch the new phone at MWC, the first appearance of the Galaxy S9 could well be Sunday, February 25.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is being developed under the internal codename “Star” and it will likely cost at least $720, which was the starting price of the S8.

Samsung Galaxy S9: codename might mean improved display or performance specs

It’s not clear why the Galaxy S9’s codename is Star. One could guess that it has to do with the shining display. So, a more refined or improved Infinity Display could be in the works. Or, it’s possible that it will have a superior processor and be fast like a shooting star. The S9 would probably have a next generation Qualcomm processor, potentially called a Snapdragon 845. The codenames for the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 are Dream and Great, respectively – which don’t reveal much, as usual. Samsung’s cryptic codename could be subject to change, as this is merely an unconfirmed rumor for the moment.

Samsung Galaxy S9: design and renders

Since there’s little official information about the design of the Galaxy S9 available at the moment, the design of the device is largely unknown. That means the rumor-based renders appearing online differ widely. Take these with a grain of salt before you feast your eyes on all the fun possibilities.

Reputable leaker Steve H (@OnLeaks) stoked up excitement by leaking not one, but two CAD based 360 degree renders showing the S9 and S9 Plus. 

Feast your eyes on the videos below. First, the Galaxy S9:

And now the big brother, the S9+:

OnLeaks has an excellent track record for accuracy that has made him something of a superstar in the world of mobile tech leaks. His renderings of S8 and iPhone X earlier this year certainly proved reliable.

Samsung S9 colors revealed?

According to sources cited by Sammobile, Samsung will introduce the new flagship in a purple color in addition to the traditional black, gold and blue. We don’t know the official color names, but we assume that the purple version could be close to the Deep Blue version of Galaxy Note 8.

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The Galaxy S8 Burgundy Red didn’t make it to the west. /  © Samsung

However, the purple color could be exclusive to certain markets. This is the case, for example, for the red version of the Galaxy S8, which is currently only available in South Korea. Now it remains to be seen if further leaks will confirm (or debunk) this violet color.

The latest render shows a smartphone with a Super AMOLED display of 5.7 inches with a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels. A small peculiarity in this render is that the S9 seems to integrate a fingerprint scanner directly on the screen. Moreover, it has a totally bezel-less design with rounded edges for a very aesthetic appearance.

Fingerprint sensor: front, back, or in-display?

Although a patent filed by Samsung suggested that the next flagship will have a front-located fingerprint reader, local news reports in their home country of South Korea indicate like that manufacturer has aborted this plan in favor of a more conservative approach, keeping the fingerprint scanner on the back. 

Some Samsung fans may well find this quite disappointing, as user feedback about the fingerprint sensor placement on this year’s Galaxy S8 was far from overwhelmingly positive.

A front-located fingerprint sensor would eliminate the finger strain that can come with using the current generation Samsungs, but such a placement would also open up Samsung to more accusations of copying their old rival, Apple. This is because they’d have to put a notch in the bottom of the display, a feature sported by the iPhone X which is dividing opinion. Still, Apple often points the way for other companies to improve on.

Samsung remain determined to better integrate fingerprint ID technology, and it is now expected that they will work to integrate a front-located, possibly in-display fingerprints scanner on their next flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 9.

A leaked screenshot of the S-Health fitness application that shows the fingerprint reader appears to confirm the rumors of a rear-located scanner.

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The source removed the screenshot from Chinese social media Weibo shortly after publication. / © Weibo

Galaxy S9 Camera

Based on the S-Health screenshots above, our colleagues at SamsungMobile.News have made very interesting new renders which show the new devices in all their glory. In the renders below you can check out the new vertical positioning of the cameras, as well as the fingerprint reader location and the various colors that the S9 might come in.

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Only the S9 Plus has a dual camera. / © SamsungMobile.News

Another interesting feature that this render proposes is a dual camera sensor on the rear but also on the front (2 x 8MP), and the sensor doesn’t protrude from the device. Running Android Nougat 7.0, this version of the Galaxy S9 would have 128GB internal memory and 6 or 8GB RAM, depending on the version. The phone is also water resistant and appears to have a 4200 mAh removable battery.

At the moment, official news is a bit thin but that’s not surprising with the launch a while away yet. Experts are suggesting nonetheless that the S9 will come with an Exynos 9810 chip.

Here’s another render from designer Benjamin Geskin that was posted in late March showing a vertically oriented dual camera and a fingerprint scanner under the display, like what is expected in the Note 8.

Another render from earlier this month illustrates the possibility of a very high 95 percent screen to body ratio, and it also mentions a Snapdragon 845 processor – which would be the next step up from the S8’s brand new Snapdragon 835. 

An older concept video from January showed an idea for what the creator calls “Triple Edge Ultra Slim” design, for better screen to body ratio, and a horizontal dual camera on the back. 

What do you want to see in Samsung’s 2018 S series flagship? What do you think the codename means? Let us know in the comments below. 

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