Samsung Galaxy S9: what we want to see


Update: The Samsung Galaxy S9 could have the fastest data speeds of any phone thanks to Samsung’s new modems.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 only recently hit stores, but we’re already hearing rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S9, with one report claiming the phone is already in the first few stages of production.

We’ve put together an overview of the rumors and news we’ve heard so far. You’ll find that below, along with everything we know about the inevitable Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.

But we’ve also included a list of improvements we hope Samsung will include on its next phone, because as good as the S8 is, it’s not perfect.

Cut to the chase:

  • What is it? Samsung’s 2018 flagship phone
  • When is it out? In 2018, probably March or April release
  • What will it cost? It’s going to be pricey, around $720, £689, AU$1,199

Samsung Galaxy S9 price and release date

We so far know nothing about when the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be announced, so we’ll just have to go off what Samsung has done in the past.

Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 in late March, so we’d expect it will 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 it’s possible that the S9 will land around the end of February, in which case it might be launched at Mobile World Congress 2018, as that’s likely to take place at that sort of time.

What we can safely predict is the Samsung Galaxy S9 is sure to be expensive, as the Galaxy S8 launched at $720, £689, AU$1,199.

Samsung Galaxy S9 news and rumors

Not much is known about the Samsung Galaxy S9, but some sources claim the company has already started work on producing its next flagship phone.

The Bell reports unnamed industry sources saying that Samsung has been hard at work on the display panels for the Galaxy S9 since late March 2017. If Samsung has started work on the S9’s display panels that’s apparently about 6 months earlier than usual.

That doesn’t come as a massive surprise, as many companies start work on their phones before one generation has even been announced, but it’s good to get the rumors flowing already about the next Samsung phone.

Samsung and Qualcomm have also started working on a new mobile chip according to The Investor. The chip is apparently likely to be called the Snapdragon 845 – up from the Snapdragon 835 found in some versions of the Galaxy S8 – and is supposedly going to be used in the Samsung Galaxy S9.

So far we don’t know anything about the power or performance of the Snapdragon 845 chipset, but we’d wager it won’t be the only one Samsung uses, with a new Exynos chip likely headed to S9 handsets in some parts of the world.

And speaking of a new Exynos chip, Samsung has revealed that it has developed LTE modems for the next generation of its chips. Why should you care? Because these modems support theoretical download speeds of 1.2Gbps – faster than any other phone, meaning you could potentially download an HD movie within just 10 seconds.

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One of the big issues with the Samsung Galaxy S8 was the fact the fingerprint sensor was shoved to the back of the phone, after rumors abounded that the reader was supposed to go under the display’s glass but it just didn’t work.

However, the new Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor can sit below quite thick displays, and OLED technology (used in Samsung flagship phones) was specifically mentioned.

All that points to the Samsung Galaxy S9 having fingerprint-sensing technology below the glass… and if Apple integrates that into the iPhone 8, then Samsung will have to follow suit.

And the Galaxy S9 is sure to get some new features too. Back in late 2016, Samsung licensed a new glass coating technology that makes water bounce off your smartphone screen. Samsung plans to include this tech in an upcoming phone, so it may mean the Galaxy S9 is much easier to use in the rain. Watch the video below to see how the technology works.