Now that most every flagship phone for 2017 has launched, many people are turning their focus to the devices that 2018 will hold. Today details on two of Samsung's 2018 flagships have reportedly surfaced.
Samsung will preview the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at CES in January, according to sources speaking to VentureBeat. It's unclear exactly how much Samsung will reveal at that event, though, because the company is said to be planning a full launch event in March.
The rumor mill isn't waiting to spill details on the S9 and S9+, though, with the former device said to be codenamed Star 1 and be model number SM-G960, while the latter is codenamed Star 2 and has the model number SM-G965.
While the Galaxy S8 (shown below) and S8+ were largely similar in terms of specs, with screen size being the one difference, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will allegedly have more differences between them. It's said that the Galaxy S9 will have 4GB of RAM while the Galaxy S9+ will have 6GB and that the Galaxy S9 will have a single rear camera while the S9+ will have dual rear cameras like the Note 8.
The S9 and S9+ are also expected to have different screen sizes, but those will be the same as they are on the S8 and S8+. That means that the S9 could have a 5.8-inch Infinity Display with slim bezels while the S9+ might have a 6.2-inch Infinity Display with slim bezels.
Both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are expected to have a rear fingerprint reader below their rear cameras rather than to the right like on the S8 and S8+. They'll both reportedly pack microSD card slots, 64GB of storage, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and AKG stereo speakers, too. No processor details have been given, but it's suggested that they'll have 10nm chips, which could mean the Snapdragon 845.
Samsung is also reportedly prepping a backward compatible DeX dock that lays the phone flat and lets you use its screen as a touchpad or keyboard.
The details included in today's report hint at some nice changes to the S9 and S9+ and some not-so-nice ones. It's good to hear that Samsung may be tweaking the fingerprint reader placement, making it easier to reach, and the inclusion of stereo speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack sound good, too. It's kind of a bummer to hear that the S9 and S9+ might have different RAM and camera setups, though, because that means that people that prefer the S9's smaller screen won't be able to get the same features as the S9+.
What do you think of today's report? Do these Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices interest you?