The Samsung Galaxy S9 release date is coming up quick, and that means exciting news and rumors are surfacing daily. In this post, we’ll go over the latest Galaxy S9 release details, specs, rumors, and everything we’re hearing so far. This is what to expect from Samsung’s new phone in 2018.
Even though the Galaxy Note 8 is still fairly new, potential buyers are already looking ahead to next year. And with reports of an early January release date to build up excitement, new information suggests something a little different is coming.
Each year Samsung releases a Galaxy S device in the first half of the year, then a Note device later. As a result, we’re already seeing a steady flow of rumors surrounding the 2018 Galaxy S9. That said, release details have already started to swirl.
From what we’re hearing the Galaxy S9 will closely resemble the Galaxy S8 from 2017. Delivering small but meaningful changes throughout. However, the S9+ might have a few tricks up its sleeve. As the launch nears more information will begin to surface. However, a lot of information is already floating around which we’ll detail below.
Galaxy S9 Release Date: March or April following a Jan-February announcement
How Much Will the Galaxy S9 Cost?: $749 and $849, or $799 and $899 (Just a guess)
What is the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus?: Samsung’s premium flagship smartphone that delivers the latest cutting-edge specs and features to kick off the new year. Featuring a big bezel-free Infinity AMOLED display, world-class camera, and the latest version of Android. Samsung will once again release two phones, the Galaxy S9 and a bigger Galaxy S9+.
Now that you know a few of the basics and we’ve answered some important questions, read on for the latest news and rumors.
Galaxy S9 Release Date Rumors
We know the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 are still fresh in your mind, but Samsung is already busy working on its next big thing. In fact, we’re hearing reports and rumors that Samsung started manufacturing back in May, almost five months earlier than previous years. Some leaks suggest mass production will begin as early as December. Some of these reports go further to explain Samsung’s already testing Android 8.0 Oreo on the Galaxy S9.
If those rumors are true, we could see an early January announcement and a mid-February release date. Earlier than any other device in the past couple of years. This is likely to compete with Apple’s iPhone X. A new report from SamMobile says the Galaxy S9 will get announced before Mobile World Congress in February. A big tradeshow Samsung used in past years to announce phones. They went as far as to confirm four new color variants for the S9.
In 2017, the Galaxy S8 was announced in March and released near the end of April. Almost a month later than the Galaxy S7 from the year before. That said, the Galaxy S6 arrived in February, ahead of Mobile World Congress, so this rumor isn’t that far of a stretch.
Here’s the problem though. In November we heard the Galaxy S8 would get shown off or possibly announced in January but still arrive sometime in March. However, a recent report quotes a Samsung representative saying any January reveal is highly unlikely. Basically, this means no one really knows. But realistically, expect a March or April announcement and release date similar to prior years.
Galaxy S9 & S9+ Display
Early rumors indicate Samsung plans to release two Galaxy S9 smartphones again early next year. The regular model will come with the same 5.8-inch Quad-HD curved display as the Galaxy S8. While the bigger Galaxy S9+ will once again deliver a 6.2-inch screen. Here are the latest renders from leaked blueprints. This could be our first look at Samsung’s new phone.
These two phones will hit the market with the latest screen technology from Samsung. Building on the success and popularity of the bezel-free curved display from the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.
One thing we don’t know yet is whether Samsung can ditch even more bezel to match the style of the iPhone X. For years Samsung has tried to add a fingerprint scanner to the glass display, but the technology simply isn’t ready. New renders and reports from multiple sources suggest the fingerprint scanner will go on the back. Only this time under the camera, like our image below from @onleaks.
Rumor from the end of November suggest Samsung is sticking to a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Only this time it will sit under the camera like most Android phones, not off to the left side where it’s hard to reach. If so, this will leave room on the front for a full edge-to-edge screen similar to the iPhone X, with smaller bezels than what Samsung delivered with the Galaxy S8. Here’s a fan-made render showing what the S9 and S9+ could look like with the screen stretching to the bottom, just like Apple’s latest phone.
Sadly, that fancy device above is likely not what we’ll get. So far rumors suggest Samsung shaved roughly 1mm off the bezels, and made the phones 1mm shorter. Overall, you’ll still have black bars at the top and the bottom. Instead of a bezel-less design like the iPhone X.
Galaxy S9 Specs & Rumors
It’s still too early to say anything for sure about the Galaxy S9. That said, each year we see similar upgrades to key areas of the experience. Giving us a better idea of what to expect as the release date nears. And while we’re already hearing some exciting things about the Galaxy S9, we’ll have to wait a little longer before saying too much.
Galaxy S9 Specs (Rumored)
- 5.8 and 6.2-inch 2880 x 1440 Quad-HD Infinity AMOLED Display, Curved
- 8-Core Snapdragon 845 Processor with 4GB of RAM (6GB of S9+)
- 64 and 128GB of storage with microSD card expansion
- Improved 12 Megapixel Cameras with OIS, better than the Galaxy Note 8, 1000 FPS, etc
- Dual 12MP Cameras on the bigger Galaxy S9+ only (just a rumor)
- Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung User Experience
- Stereo Speakers tuned by AKG
- IP68 Dust & Water-Resistance
- 3,000 mAh and 3,600 mAh Battery with Fast & Wireless Charging (or bigger)
- USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bixby AI, Heart Rate Sensor, Iris Scanner, Facial Recognition
Both with 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage with SD slot
Powered by Qualcomm SDM845 (US & China) and Exynos 9 Octa 10nm SoC
— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) October 19, 2017
Trusted leakster Benjamin Geskin is already reporting something similar on Twitter, along with official Galaxy S9 logo images. Most of his information is pretty reliable. Benjamin’s sources suggest the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will both have dual rear cameras, a setup that’s better than the Galaxy Note 8.
On the flipside, Evan Blass claims only the bigger Galaxy S9+ will get dual cameras, along with 6GB of RAM. It’s still too early to tell, but we’ll know more soon. His report is further confirmed by @onleaks this week, who’s renders only show dual cameras on the S9+, not the regular Galaxy S9.
Both will feature improved Dual Cameras from the Note8
— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) October 19, 2017
Basically, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ should deliver more of the same. A stunning design, beautiful bezel-free screens, highly capable cameras, and the latest hardware and software under the hood. As we push closer to 2018 expect more information to emerge. Speaking of new information, Qualcomm just announced a powerful new Snapdragon 845 processor, which many believe will power Samsung’s next phone. Confirming an early 2018 release for the chip, one that delivers 30% improvements to performance, realistic “all-day battery life” and noteworthy improvements to photography, VR, and AI.
Recently, two more big leaks are giving us potential information about Samsung’s new phones for early 2018. For one, Galaxyclub reported that final versions of the Galaxy S9 are already in use by Samsung employees, and they’re testing Android 8.0 Oreo on the phones. Meaning they might not have Android 8.1 at launch.
Furthermore, one big report lends credence to the idea that Samsung will actually use a fingerprint scanner inside the screen. We know this technology is coming, but they might need more time to make it perfect. However, Samsung was just awarded a patent for fingerprint scanning tech inside the screen. Strengthening its position to offer it on the Galaxy S9 or Note 9.
The report goes on to say Samsung’s patent employs a 12-point fingerprint scanning system on the front of the device, not just one near the bottom where a fingerprint scanner would normally be. Imagine using a fingerprint to lock photos in your gallery, specific apps in the app tray, and more. We’ll have to wait and see if this technology is ready by the time the S9 gets released.
Galaxy S9 Concept Images
With each upcoming phone, we see a wave of fan-made concept photos and videos. These typically incorporate the latest news and rumors, or the creators’ vision of what the phone should look like. You can find plenty of Galaxy S9 concept photos and videos online, but the best ones come from the YouTube channel Waqar Khan.
These first few renders match everything we’ve heard so far. Stretching the bezels closer to the sides for a truly edge-to-edge screen, returning the fingerprint scanner to the front, and adding dual cameras to the back of the Galaxy S9. Again, these are fan-made, and not official by any means.
At some point photos and information will leak right from Samsung or accessory partners, and give us a better idea of what’s coming. For now, these concepts are enough to get buyers excited about Samsung’s new phone. That, or see this newly leaked CAD render.
Then, we have a quick photo from TechConfigurations, who makes a lot of different concept images for smartphones. This design believes Samsung will get the optical fingerprint scanner to work inside the glass, giving the front of the phone space for a truly edge-to-edge display.
Again, these are nothing more than a few photos from fans.
Galaxy S9 Price & Final Details
In closing, we wanted to talk about the potential price and a few other small details. We’re hearing Samsung already started working on these phones, months ahead of previous years. If that works out, we could get an earlier release this year. How early though, is the question.
Reports claim the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have a code-name of “Star” and “Star2” internally at Samsung. So we’ll keep an eye out for any other information and share anything credible. Even the Galaxy Note 9 is under development, being called “Crown” internally.
Other details from recent leaks believe the Galaxy S9+ will have slight improvements over the Galaxy S9, making it more than just a bigger screen. Samsung also plans some new accessories, like a flat DeX Pad to replace the dock. The Dex Pad lets the Galaxy S9 lay flat and double as a keyboard, mouse, and other useful features.
That all said, how much will these phones cost? Phones continue to get more expensive each year. The Galaxy S8 cost under $800, but if some of the features above make the cut that price will climb. Earlier this year the Galaxy Note 8 hit shelves at $949, Samsung’s most expensive smartphone ever. We’re not expecting a price that high, but expect something similar.
This is all the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ information we have so far. We’re expecting more information to surface throughout December, and into January just ahead of CES. When they do, we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest news and rumors. Are you excited for the Galaxy S9 even if it looks similar to the S8? Let us know in the comment section below.