Samsung Galaxy s9 edge release date

Samsung Galaxy S9 is the latest topic for discussion in the smartphone world as it release date is in few months time. The rumors are really coming thick and fast for what the new smartphone will look like and its specs.

The working theory is that Samsung plans to release a new high-end phone called the Samsung Galaxy S9 in the early part of next year – we’ll go into more specifics on launch timing further down this page. The handset is expected to introduce a number of hardware and software upgrades, and possibly even a new design.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 edge release date and Price

We so far know nothing official about when the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be announced, but one leak suggests it’ll be ready to go at MWC 2018 in February 2018. We’ve also heard another rumor pointing to a late February announcement, followed by an early March launch.

Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 in late March, so we originally expected it would follow up with the Galaxy S9 roughly a year later, at the end of March 2018.

But it was late in announcing the Galaxy S8 in 2017 – the company waited about a month longer than normal, so after the latest leak it’s possible that the S9 will land around the end of February at MWC.

The good news is that we already have dates for Mobile World Congress next year: it runs from February 26 to March 1, 2018. With that in mind, we’d expect the Samsung Galaxy S9 edge release date to be February 25, 2018.

 

Samsung Galaxy S9 Specs and Features

We won’t hear much information about finer Samsung Galaxy S9 details for a while, but given the long run-up to a processor launch, we already have a good idea about what to expect as we await the Samsung galaxy S9 edge release date.

Samsung phones typically ship with two different chips, either of which will be selected for a certain market region where the phone will be on sale. You’ll either get a Samsung-built Exynos chipset, or a Qualcomm-designed Snapdragon chipset.

The Snapdragon 845 chip has already been confirmed by Qualcomm, and will once again be manufactured by Samsung’s chip-making division. It will be built on an efficient 10nm process, just like the Snapdragon 835 before it.

The 10nm chip architecture denotes the manufacturing process, and simply refers to the distance between each transistor – those are the tiny electronic switches that enable computing tasks to take place. A smaller number is better, because it means you can fit more transistors onto a single chip, paving the way for more power and better power efficiency overall. All these will understandable if Samsung galaxy s9 edge release date correlate with our prediction.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 edge Design

  • Smaller bezels

Recently we’ve seen both a render video and rendered images supposedly showing the Samsung Galaxy S9, and they show a device that looks very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8, albeit with the fingerprint scanner moved beneath the camera lens (but not in-screen as some rumors have suggested).

The front and back both look to use curved glass, the bezels are small and there’s both a 3.5mm headphone port and what’s presumably a Bixby button.

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A leaked image complete with dimensions backs that up, as it suggests that the Galaxy S9 will be marginally shorter than the S8, but will otherwise look similar, albeit with the scanner moved beneath the camera lens, just like in the images above.

  • A repositioned fingerprint scanner

A possible alternative could come in the form of a fingerprint scanner built into a notch at the bottom of the screen, a bit like the one on the Essential Phone but at the bottom rather than the top.

That theory is based on a patent which shows exactly that, but patents often don’t get used in products, so it may well not happen.

Samsung Galaxy S9 camera

  • 1,000fps video recording

When it comes to the camera, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is rumored to be able to shoot some incredible slow-motion video.

Industry sources claim Samsung is working on a rear camera that can shoot at 1,000 frames per second, which would be better than anything on the market in a phone right now. We’ve also heard more generally that it will have an upgraded camera system.

It’s possible there could be differences between the cameras on the S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus though, with one source saying that while the S9 Plus will have a dual-lens snapper, the S9 will just have a single-lens one. The sketch above echoes that sentiment, as do some case renders.

  • A 3D face scanner

We heard from a source that the Galaxy S9 will have a ‘3D sensor front camera’.

They don’t explain what they mean by that, but it sounds a lot like the iPhone X‘s Face ID system which allows you to use facial recognition to unlock the phone. And the 3D part suggests that like Apple’s solution it won’t be fooled by a picture. We wouldn’t count on this feature, but we wouldn’t rule it out either.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 other features

  • An improved iris scanner
  • Stereo speakers

Samsung will likely improve the iris scanner for the Galaxy S9, with the latest rumors suggesting it will be boosted to 3MP (from 2MP on the S8) and better able to recognize your eyes, even if you wear glasses or the lighting is poor. It will also apparently be faster than on the S8.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 might also have good sound, as there are rumors of it both having AKG stereo speakers and a free set of Bluetooth AKG headphones which will be shown on Samsung Galaxy s9 edge release date

We’ve also seen a Samsung patent for a sensor which would analyze atmospheric conditions and alert you to how much pollution there was in the air.

Plus, one source has also claimed the Dex docking station we saw debut alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will get an update that will make it work more like a charging pad and allow you to type on the screen too. It means you won’t need to use a keyboard and mouse when connecting your phone up to a monitor.

And there’s evidence that the Galaxy S9 could have a dual-SIM slot, as there’s mention of one at the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), though that model might be limited to parts of Asia.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Price: How much will the Galaxy S9 cost?

Samsung Galaxy S9 price leaks are in short supply for now, but we can take a good guess at retail pricing.

For a start, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were available at £689 and £779 respectively when they launched earlier this year. We’d be very surprised if the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ were any cheaper, and our money is on them matching the price.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launched at an even pricier £869, but we don’t think the base variant of the Galaxy S9 will go that high. The Note phones are typically powerhouse handsets that include bonus features (like an S-Pen stylus) that jack up the price, so we’re more convinced by pricing estimates of between £649 and £799 for the new Galaxy S9 devices.

 

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