SAMSUNG is Apple’s biggest rival, but can the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone really beat the new iPhone X? Here’s everything you need to know.
We’re now just weeks away from the possible launch of Samsung’s next flagship smartphone — the Samsung Galaxy S9.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is a long-rumoured successor to last year’s hugely popular Galaxy S8. It’s a flagship phone that’s expected to arrive in early 2018, boasting blisteringly fast hardware.
With the Galaxy S series of phones, Samsung typically takes advantage of Barcelona’s annual Mobile World Congress conference — usually launching the phone a day or two before.
This year is no different — Samsung’s mobile boss has already confirmed an MWC 2018 debut.
This year, MWC 2018 runs from February 26 and March 1, so the most likely Samsung Galaxy S8 reveal date would be Sunday, February 25.
The phone probably won’t be available in stores immediately, however. Last year’s Galaxy S8 didn’t go on sale until three weeks after launch.
According to trusted tipster and tech journalist Evan Blass, Samsung is sending pre-orders for the phone live on March 1, with a proper release date set for March 16.
GALAXY S9 NEWS AND RUMOURS — SPECS, FEATURES AND DESIGN
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is going to be a top-tier phone, which means it generally features a slick design and bleeding-edge features.
For design, we’re expecting to see similar styling to last year’s Galaxy S8. That means an all-screen front with an even slimmer bezel — Samsung calls it the ‘Infinity Display’.
Rumours from industry sources suggest that the same 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen will be retained too, with its quirky 18.5:9 aspect ratio to boot.
The end result could be a slim, space-age phone with an incredible 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio — up from 84 per cent on the Galaxy S8.
Some experts believe that Samsung could use new technology from Qualcomm or Synaptics to place a fingerprint scanner underneath the screen.
This could satisfy fans who slammed Samsung’s decision to move the sensor to the back of the phone with the last model.
The awkward positioning meant users often found themselves smudging the camera with their fingers.
The camera is also tipped for a major upgrade, with Korea’s ET News reporting that Samsung is working on incredible slow-motion video capture.
Apparently, the South Korean tech giant is developing a camera that can shoot video at 1,000 frames per second, which would trump the competition.
For comparison, Apple’s new iPhone X only shoots slow-mo video at 240 frames per second.
Performance is probably going to be great too. The phone is likely to use Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 processor, or Qualcomm’s similarly powerful Snapdragon 845 — also built by Samsung.
The Snapdragon 845 is an octa-core chip running at 2.8GHz, and is said to offer a 30 per cent performance boost over its predecessor.
CAN IT BEAT THE IPHONE X?
We asked Dominic Sunnebo, mobile expert and Global Director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, who will win in the battle of the titans: Galaxy S9 or iPhone X.
According to Sunnebo, the iPhone X was “playing catch up” to last year’s Galaxy S8, but Samsung needs to stay ahead on the tech front to compete with Apple’s powerful brand.
He said: “It’s almost certain that the Galaxy S9 will feature a dual-lens camera, as well as the latest in-house Exynos processor to mirror the new Qualcomm 845’s capabilities, which allows 50 per cent battery charging in just 15 minutes.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was republished here with permission.