While the tech world is eagerly looking forward to the launch of Samsung Galaxy S9 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, an image just surfaced on Reddit that boosted the eagerness among tech fanatics.
The image leaked showed an alleged retail box of Samsung Galaxy S9 revealing some of its key features. The box shows the presence of a ‘SuperSpeed’ camera on the upcoming Galaxy model along with stereo speakers tuned by AKG. Earlier, Samsung bundled AKG-tuned earbuds with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ to deliver an enhanced audio experience.
The leaked image also revealed some of the key specifications of the Galaxy S9. It discloses that the handset will sport a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with rounded corners that replicates last year’s Galaxy S8. An 8MP AF selfie camera is inducted into Galaxy S9 which has IP68-certified water- and dust-resistant build, Iris scanner, 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, and wireless charging support. Moreover, the most notable mentioning on the box is the SuperSpeed technology that comes with a Dual Pixel 12MP camera sensor. The new camera tech offers a ‘Super Slow-mo’ mode.
Reddit images also revealed that the camera of the upcoming device will come with optical image stabilization (OIS) that have two different aperture sizes-f/1.5 and f/2.4. The variable aperture would allow the user to choose one that best suits the environment.
The box also mentions that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will sport stereo speakers tuned by AKG as well as AKG-tuned earphones. However, it is yet to be disclosed that whether the smartphone would have two front-firing speaker modules, just like the Pixel 2 XL, or one bottom speaker and one hidden under the front-facing earpiece, similar to the iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 models.
Particularly, the box appeared in the image matches the one that comes with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, though as of now its authenticity is uncertain.
Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business President DJ Koh confirmed during the CES press conference that the next Galaxy S-Series flagship will be launched at MWC 2018 next month. Since the new flagship is the successor to the Galaxy S8, it is expected to come in two variants – the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Reports even claim that the Galaxy S9 family will come with an improved iris scanner and enhanced Infinity Display panels.
According to a listing from Geekbench, both new Smartphones will be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and will run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. However, the global versions of the new Galaxy S9 models will have an Exynos 9810 SoC which was introduced earlier this month with artificial intelligence (AI) features and better face recognition capabilities.
While rumours suggest that the Galaxy S9+ will have 6GB of RAM and 512GB storage. The company is also said to add a dual camera setup to the bigger variant in the new Galaxy S family that is also likely to come with the spotted SuperSpeed technology.