We tie together all the rumours and leaks regarding the Samsung Galaxy S9 series
Samsung had a pretty solid year with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, two great flagship Samsung Galaxy Note 4 repair parts that have received plenty of love from consumers and reviewers alike.
Competition has been stiff as well with Apple’s iPhone X, the OnePlus 5T, and the amazing LG V30. But Samsung held its own throughout the year with solid sales and good-looking financials.
The firm announced that it has begun mass production of its Exynos 9810 processor, the one that's pegged to power the Galaxy S9 series. It's based on Samsung's second-gen 10nm FinFET LPP (low power plus) semiconductor architecture - the same stuff used in Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 that will likely be powering North American Galaxy S9 devices. The 10nm LPP architecture and these chips based around it are allegedly 15% faster and more power efficient than current-gen technology; the stuff we see on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, which is already ridiculously impressive in terms of speed and battery life as it is!
Lee Sang Hyun, Samsung's foundry marketing chief, said in a press release, "The 10LPP process not only provides customers with improved performance, but also enables early launch of new products with a high initial yield. The 10-nanometer long-term strategy for electronics will continue."
Previously Samsung revealed its plans to produce 7nm and 8nm processors and its manufacturing plants are already prepared to do this (as well as the 10nm LPP), but it seems like the next-gen 7/8nm architecture is being saved for later, perhaps on the Galaxy Note 9?
Inside Q1 of 2018, Samsung will take the wraps off its brand new Samsung Galaxy S9 series and, below, we’re going to be taking a look at EVERYTHING that is currently known about these Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LCD screen replacement .
So strap in, grab a cuppa, and let’s do this!
Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+: Latest News
Samsung has officially outed the Samsung Galaxy S9 name on its website, despite the handset not being due to arrive for another month or so. The firm's financial results were posted on its official blog, together with a statement, and as part of said statement, Samsung tipped the forthcoming Galaxy S9 by name, as well as highlighting that the camera and Bixby AI will be standout features.
"In the first quarter, the company expects the mobile business to improve its earnings, led by an increase in sales of flagship products with the launch of Galaxy S9," Samsung said.
Having already issued press invitations earlier in January, Samsung added that fans should expect the "upcoming release of the Galaxy flagship, which will launch next month."
Samsung declared that the Galaxy S9 will have "differentiating core features and services, such as the camera and Bixby," to set it apart from the competition.
In addition, Samsung's official webpage in Finland has listed the Galaxy S9+ on its support pageswith the model number SM-G965F/DS. The "F" designates this as the international model, while the "DS" stands for dual-SIM, showing that dual-SIM editions will be coming to the European market; this will mean a hybrid microSD/SIM card slot.
Another leak at the same time, via Roland Quandt on Twitter, showcases several internal components from the Galaxy S9 series. Most interesting are the battery cells, rated at 3,000mAh for the Galaxy S9, and 3,500mAh for the Galaxy S9+.
Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+: Release Date
Launch Confirmed For February MWC 2018 - Release Date Confirmed For Mid-March
Samsung's Galaxy S9 "Samsung Unpacked" event for MWC 2018 is now official, with Samsung having distributed invitations to press. The invite has a giant purple number "9" on it, so it's pretty clear what's in store. Interestingly, it tips that the camera will be a major emphasis with the words "The Camera. Reimagined."
Aside from that it has the Samsung Galaxy branding in the corners and the event date, which is February 25 - a day earlier than previously tipped, which means Samsung is back on form hosting its launches a day before MWC kicks off proper. It will, however, still take place locally in Barcelona, Spain, where MWC is hosted.
Also contrary to earlier rumours that pre-orders would be live from March 1, new info alleges that February 26 - the day after the event - will see pre-orders opened, the shipping target/general release date of March 16 remains though.
Prominent Twitter tipster Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, confirmed the launch and release schedule of the Galaxy S9 earlier in the year. Blass revealed details handed to him by a source, one he describes as a "C-level executive at a major casemaker". The tip said February 26 will be the day for a Samsung Unpacked launch event - previous rumours indicated this and also suggested it would take place at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, with the Feb 26 date being day one of the expo.
Blass adds that pre-orders will begin on the first day of March, followed by a shipping target to get pre-orders to consumers and general release date of March 16. All of this means that, as per the rumours, Samsung is on track to launch and get the Galaxy S9 to market a whole month earlier than it did with the Galaxy S8 in 2017.
Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+: Specs & Hardware
We've been hearing for a while about how Samsung will put a retina scanner inside the Galaxy S9 series, but also murmurings of a possible face scanner. However, newly leaked details suggest that Samsung may be planning a combined retina and iris scanning system, possibly dubbed IntelligentScan.
Information regarding the feature has been spotted inside Samsung's Settings application by an app developer, where it is described as combining "iris scanner and face recognition together for better results even in low or very bright light."