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The rumours: good news - Samsung Galaxy S9 potential upcoming features

Sarah GillmorDec 5, 20174 4953 votes +3 rating

Samsung may have revealed two new features that could put the company in a great position to land a devastating blow to main rival Apple! Despite the good news for Samsung with the Galaxy S9’s potential upcoming features, new leaks suggest there could be disappointment in store for Android fans, too.

New rumours suggest Samsung has still been unable to embed the fingerprint scanner under the display on the front of the phone. This will likely mean the rear-mounted security feature is going to return from the S8 – and it was a feature that many critics and consumers found frustrating.

Samsung Galaxy S9 potential upcoming featuresThe rumours also state that only the S9+ model would receive the impressive dual-lens camera, whilst the S9 would receive the single-lens camera instead. Though these rumours could put some customers off, the upsides of the yet-to-be-revealed phone could outweigh these complaints.

Samsung’s next major mobile phone release – the Samsung S9 – is rumoured to launch during next year’s Mobile World Congress show. The show takes place February 26th to March 1st 2018 and has traditionally seen Samsung announce or release products in the past.

However, last week it was revealed by Venturebeat that the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will make their first public appearance at next year’s CES, strange given that most tech sites would have expected a reval at Mobile World Congress later in the year. VentureBeat claim to have spoken to someone “briefed on the company’s plans” with the South Korean company planning a sneak peak of the devices at the January tech show before a full release in March 2018.

The same report also featured plenty more leaked details about the devices potential specs, claiming that the S9 will be “an iterative update”, which will be “nearly identical in appearance” to the Galaxy S8. But ahead of the launch, as with many products, rumours and leaks are starting to surface.

Further to our reports that the phone will still feature a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the phone and will not live up to the benchmarks of the iPhone X, more rumours about the handset are coming to light. Apparently, the next-generation handset will feature an improved facial recognition system and a dual-camera setup that was debuted on the Galaxy Note 8.

Though neither of these features have been confirmed, Samsung has revealed some of the key components likely to feature in its next-generation flagship device, hinting at the capabilities of its upcoming hardware. This comes in the form of a new mobile processor, which is specifically designed to power top-of-the-line devices such as the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9 when they launch in 2018.

“The Exynos 9 Series 9810 is Samsung’s latest flagship processor, with 3rd-generation custom CPU cores, upgraded GPU, and gigabit LTE modem with industry-first 6CA support,” Samsung confirmed in a press release about its achievements at the CES 2018 Innovation Awards.

Samsung also reveals its Exynos 9 Series 9810 chipset is “built on 2nd generation 10nm process technology”. If Samsung follows the pattern it has established with previous smartphone launches, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 8 will be powered by either Exynos or Qualcomm chips, depending on geographical region reports the Daily Express.

In the same press release, Samsung also hints at more features coming to the phone in other thanks to improved tech. Samsung also references the new Isocell SLIM 2X7 image sensor, which offers “high resolution image sensors in small chip packages, delivering detailed pictures in low-light environments without a camera bump”. According to Samsung, “the small 0.9μm pixel size enables a 24Mp image sensor to be fitted in a thinner camera module, allowing premium smartphones to offer high resolution cameras in a very slim and elegant design.” In layman’s terms, that could mean a thinner design for the new phone, as well as the possibility of a dual-camera setup.

It appears as though some new benchmark results for a Samsung smartphone with the model number SM-G960F have appeared online on the Geekbench website (via theinquirer.net). This model number is widely expected to the global version of the Galaxy S9.

“The handset, which likely will come powered by Samsung’s new Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor, scored 2680 on the single-core Geekbench 4 test and a 7787 on the multi-core test,” explained Carly Page, editor of Theinquirer.net. “While impressive, this puts the device far behind the iPhone X, which scored a single-core score of 4197 and multi-core score of 10051.”

Even more worryingly is the fact that according to BGR, if these test scores are in line with what customers can expect to see when the phone launches next year then Samsung’s next big phone won’t match up to the iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus – let along the iPhone X. BGR also notes that early benchmark leaks “are typically a good representation of what we end up seeing at launch.”

The news follows on from reports earlier this week when new leaks courtesy of SlashLeaks suggests that the S9 could also have a curved screen – similar to the design of the Samsung Galaxy S8. However, the same leaked images appeared to reveal that Samsung are adding a new dual-lens camera to the phone which would allow the device to add DSLR-style depth of field to images taken on the handset.

The new Galaxy Note 8 already includes a dual-lens snapper, which can even change the intensity of effects after the image taken, but if this was to be added to the S9, it would be the first time such a camera has appeared on the S series of phones. So although the benchmark tests above don’t make for great reading right now, at least it seems that Samsung are looking to keep pace with its main rivals in the camera department.

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