Galaxy S9 Plus: All the Release Details before Samsung’s event

Chris Burns - Jan 10, 2018
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Galaxy S9 Plus: All the Release Details before Samsung’s event

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus were both been leaked to high heaven over the past few weeks – today we’ve packaged all the details up. In one big shiny package, here, we’ve got all the basics and a few bits and pieces about the Galaxy S9 that not all readers might know. RAM, storage sizes, and timing and all that – it’s all here. Now, if only we could convince Samsung to make another Plus with a flat screen…

1. Reveal Date

The Samsung Galaxy S9 was rumored to be revealed or teased at CES 2018 by those that believed Samsung would break with tradition set over the past half-decade. That did not happen, of course, as Samsung is much more keen on showing their next hero smartphone at the largest mobile-specific convention event series in the world: Mobile World Congress. That begins in late February – and Samsung’s event will likely take place on the 24th or the 25th.

2. Phone Names

Samsung is almost certainly going to release their next two phones with the names “Samsung Galaxy S9″ and Samsung Galaxy S9+”, but we like to use the full word “plus” because it’s a lot clearer in search engines. Basically every search engine in the world uses the “+” symbol to connect two terms in a search query, while the word “plus” remains its own term. Google sees Galaxy S9+ as Galaxy S9+[did you forget the other term, or what?]

Some Confirmation and Tease

Samsung confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be revealed at Mobile World Congress 2018 whilst at CES 2018 this week. At CES, Samsung revealed… refrigerators and such. The key take-home we got from Samsung at CES 2018 with regard to mobile devices was that Bixby is here to stay. Bixby isn’t just for Galaxy mobile devices, she’s here for ALL of Samsung’s “smart” devices, well into the future.

Specs Pre-Launch

Below I’ve listed all of the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S9 that we’ve gathered thus far. These details are based largely on leaks and tips from sources familiar with the subject matter. As such, don’t put any bets with your local bookie on these specs with your life savings.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S9:
• Display (S9): 5.65-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED (570 PPI)
• Processor in USA: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (SDM845)
• Processor Internationally: Samsung Exynos 9810
• RAM: 4 or 6 GB
• Internal Storage: 64GB, 128GB (options)
• MicroSD Slot: Yes, 256GB potential
• Connectivity: Bluetooth LE, NFC, USB-C, Cat 18 LTE support
• Camera (backside): Single lens: 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6, 1 µm, AF), OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, LED flash
• Camera (front facing): 8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6, 1.22 µm), autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
• Sensors: Iris scanner, 3D sensor, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
• Battery: 3100 mAh, USB-C, Quick Charge 2.0 or higher, wireless charging with Qi standard
• Headphone Jack: MAYBE.
• Additional Features: Samsung DeX, ANT+ support, Bixby AI personal assistant, AKG stereo speakers

I must once again warn you – these specs are not direct from Samsung, and should not be treated as official. Until Samsung releases their own spec sheets, nothing’s set in stone! Below you’ll see another set of specs, this time for the larger device of the pair. These, too, are entirely pre-confirmation, based on tips and rumors, as close as we can get thus far with the data we’ve got onhand.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 Plus:
• Display (S9+): 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED (529 PPI)
• Processor in USA: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (SDM845)
• Processor Internationally: Samsung Exynos 9810
• RAM: 4 or 6 GB
• Internal Storage: 64GB, 128GB (options)
• MicroSD Slot: Yes, 256GB potential
• Connectivity: Bluetooth LE, NFC, USB-C, Cat 18 LTE support
• Camera (backside): Dual lens: 12 MP (f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.55, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) AND 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6, 1 µm, AF), OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, LED flash
• Camera (front facing): 8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6, 1.22 µm), autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
• Sensors: Iris scanner, 3D sensor, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
• Battery: 3600 mAh, USB-C, Quick Charge 2.0 or higher, wireless charging with Qi standard
• Headphone Jack: MAYBE.
• Additional Features: Samsung DeX, ANT+ support, Bixby AI personal assistant, AKG stereo speakers

Deeper Details

Samsung revealed their newest chipset – in the Exynos 9 family, the 9810 to be specific. We have a lovely analyzation of the Galaxy S9’s chips for you to take a perusal of right this minute.

We’ve also got a last-minute tip on the sizes and variants of the Samsung Galaxy S9 in the mix. Much like previous launches, there’ll be at least two versions of both the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus to choose from. As the collection leak suggests, we might even get an extra-large version of the Galaxy S9 Plus, too!

Manufacturers and S&D

For information on the manufacturers of the various parts that go into this next-gen device pair, head to our manufacturer update. With such a diverse array of manufacturers in such large numbers, it’s difficult to imagine a world where Samsung isn’t up to the task of brining the world as many Galaxy S9 units as they could possibly want to buy. I mean it’d be insane to think that supply of the Galaxy S9 would not be up to demand this Spring.

Release Date

We’re expecting Samsung to reveal the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus at Mobile World Congress 2018 at a special event on the 24th or 25th of February, 2018. After that, chances are good we’ll see the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus in stores by mid-march. Any later and we’ll just have to sit in the corner and cry.


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