Although the Samsung Galaxy S8 was released recently, we’ve already got our sights set on the next smartphone in the Galaxy family - the Galaxy S9. And we’re not the only ones! Rumours have already started flying around concerning the S9’s design, features and specifications. So, what can we expect from Samsung’s next flagship smartphone? Let’s take a look now.
At a glance
- When will it come out? March 2018
- How much will it cost? £600-800
- No home button
- New glass coating technology to improve water-resistance
- Dual-lens camera
When is the Galaxy S9 coming out?
Most Samsung handsets are released in the first few months of the year. The Galaxy S8 was made available in April 2017, so the earliest we can expect the S9 to be released would be March 2018. Any earlier, and Samsung could miss out on a wide number of customers tied into one or two-year contracts.
Samsung are set to officially unveil the Galaxy S9 at this year's Mobile World Congress in February - so we can definitely expect the phone to be available to purchase in March.
How much will it cost?
So far, we know very little about the cost of the Galaxy S9. However, we can expect it to range between £600 and £800 - one thing’s for sure, it won’t be a cheap smartphone!
Don’t worry too much, though, as contracts will allow you to pay in monthly instalments. Contracts for the Galaxy S9 should be expected to cost around £30 per month, which already makes the price a little less daunting.
Galaxy S9 design and features - the latest rumours
So, what can we expect the Galaxy S9 to look like? While no one can say for sure just yet, we have a few ideas in mind, starting with an all-glass front. Samsung have been releasing smartphones with edge-to-edge displays since the S7 Edge, so we can definitely expect the company to keep innovating and refining their screens. Could the Galaxy S9 take inspiration from Apple’s iPhone X and ditch the home button? It’s certainly possible, especially if the iPhone X proves to be a success.
In any case, we're expecting the Samsung Galaxy S9 to come with a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge display, without too many changes from last year's Galaxy S8. After such a big leap, it would make sense for Samsung to settle down and refine their design before trying any more innovative things. However, we wouldn't be surprised if the S9 came with even thinner bezels at the top and bottom of the screen.
Another (pretty exciting) rumour we’ve heard recently mentioned a new glass coating technology that Samsung has been working on, which would make water bounce off the phone’s screen. Coupled with an IP68 rating, this would make the Galaxy S9 a breeze to use in the rain, so we’re hoping it turns out to be true.
We’re also expecting big things from the S9’s camera. Samsung phones tend to sport some of the best snappers on the market, and the Note 8 (which was released in September 2017) features a dual-lens camera on the back.
Dual-lens cameras allow photos to have more depth and create a bokeh effect, where the background behind a subject isn’t in focus to make the subject stand out. They also allow for a more powerful zoom without losing on picture quality, as well as wide-angle pictures. Could the Galaxy S9 also feature dual-lens technology? Most probably. Watch this space!
Finally, we can say for sure that the Galaxy S9 will come with the latest version of Android, Oreo. The version after that, P, won’t be made official until around September 2018 - so you’ll have to wait until to upgrade. But recent rumours have also pointed towards a new software innovation, called Galaxy AI UX. While we're not sure what it exactly means, we think it's safe to assume it'll have to do with Artificial Intelligence.
The Galaxy S9 may then use artificial intelligence software in the background to offer users a more tailored experience, and become smarter the more it's used by analysing the way users interact with their phones day-to-day.
What we want from the Samsung Galaxy S9
Let’s leave the rumours aside for a moment - here’s what we want to see on the Galaxy S9:
- A fingerprint sensor under the screen. It’s time to say goodbye to the fingerprint sensor on the back, and bring it where it feels most natural to use: in the home button. And even if the home button disappeared, we’d hope Samsung would make the bottom area of the S9’s screen fingerprint-sensitive.
- Modular design. While modular smartphones like the LG G5 still haven’t quite made it to the mainstream, we’d love Samsung to introduce a more modular design to their handsets. Adding accessories like zoom lenses, speakers, and more would be a fantastic way to start.
- A bendable display. What? We’re allowed to dream. There have been rumours of Samsung working on a foldable display for what feels like ages now. We just want it to come true.