Samsung Galaxy S9 – Leaked photos, concept images, and renders
Fri, September 22, 2017
SAMSUNG is widely-tipped to launch its new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ handsets at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow next year. Ahead of the launch, here's EVERY concept, render and leaked image of the hotly-anticipated smartphone.
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Samsung Galaxy S9 will have a curved OLED display and dual rear cameras
More details about the Samsung Galaxy S9 have emerged online.
The next-generation phone will purportedly be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) tradeshow next year, which will be held from February 26th to March 1st 2018.
For the last three years prior to the Galaxy S8 (which was delayed following the Galaxy Note 7 battery issues) Samsung has used the hugely-popular MWC tradeshow to announce the latest iteration of its flagship Galaxy S series.
Ahead of the release date, there has been a bevy of rumours about the Galaxy S9 shared online.
According to the latest whispers, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will ditch the 3.5mm headphone port.
The Galaxy S9 will purportedly ditch the 3.5mm port, like the latest devices from Apple and Google
It looks like the South Korean technology company will follow the likes of Apple, Google, Motorola, and HTC, and ditch the universal headphone port.
It’s unclear why the 3.5mm port, which was included in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, is now destined for the scrapheap – but Galaxy fans aren’t happy about the latest rumour.
Fans have taken to social media to voice their annoyance about the decision.
One user posted to Twitter: “@Samsung this whole 'Galaxy S9 has no headphone jack' thing better be BS.”
“Google Pixel 2: no headphone jack. Xiaomi MI Mix 2: no headphone jack. the LG G6 has one but I pray that the Galaxy S9 won't follow that trend,” another added.
@Samsung this whole 'Galaxy S9 has no headphone jack' thing better be BS.
— Chloe Marie (@chloemariestan) September 17, 2017
Google Pixel 2: no headphone jack
Xiaomi MI Mix 2: no headphone jack
the LG G6 has one but I pray that the Galaxy S9 won't follow that trend
— The Living Tombstone (@LivingTombstone) October 5, 2017
@SamsungMobile there is rumor going round saying that the upcoming galaxy S9 and S9+ won't have a headphone jack. I hope it's just a joke???
— Frezel Obak' (@frezel91) October 30, 2017
Gonna be pissed when I upgrade to the Galaxy S9 or w/e and find out they removed the headphone jack to piggy back off Apple's poor design
— It can't be helped (@deijoubu) September 7, 2016
Another Twitter user posted: “@SamsungMobile there is rumor going round saying that the upcoming galaxy S9 and S9+ won't have a headphone jack. I hope it's just a joke???”
“Gonna be p***ed when I upgrade to the Galaxy S9 or w/e and find out they removed the headphone jack to piggy back off Apple's poor design,” another shared.
This is not the first time we’ve heard rumours about the headphone port being ditched in the Galaxy S9.
Elsewhere, the Galaxy S9 is tipped to have a 3D depth-sensing front camera to enable facial recognition.
If that sounds at all familiar, it’s probably because the front-facing 3D depth-sensor is one of the flagship features on Apple’s all-new smartphone, iPhone X.
This new sensor system powers Face ID, which unlocks the iPhone X and authenticates contactless payments by scanning the user’s face.
Samsung cautions users that its current face unlock feature isn’t as secure as other options
It is possible Samsung has something very similar planned for the next entry in the Galaxy S range.
This is something Samsung has toyed with before, the Galaxy S8 already boasts a face scanning feature.
However this authentication system is currently powered by the front-facing camera, which makes it much less secure than Face ID.
Samsung is pretty upfront about the failings of its current system.
On the Galaxy S8 product page, Samsung says that “face recognition is less secure than pattern, PIN, or password” – something that could easily change with the hardware upgrade purportedly scheduled for the Galaxy S9.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 also offers Iris Scanning, fingerprint scanning, a numerical PIN or alphanumeric passcode to unlock the phone.
By contrast, Apple says its Face ID is more secure than the Touch ID fingerprint scanner shipped on previous iPhone models.
“The probability that a random person in the population could look at your iPhone X and unlock it using Face ID is approximately 1 in 1,000,000 (versus 1 in 50,000 for Touch ID),” Apple states.
It’s unclear whether Samsung will follow the iPhone X and ditch the fingerprint scanner entirely from the smartphone.
The Galaxy Note 8 features a dual-lens camera, something tipped to make its way to the S9
Samsung is also expected to include the dual camera set-up it debuted with the Galaxy Note 8 on its new Galaxy S handsets.
The Galaxy Note 8 uses a secondary, telephoto lens to create 2x optical zoom on your photographs.
Both rear cameras sport optical image stabilisation (OIS) to help produce clear photos – even in low-light.
Samsung also uses the dual-cameras to artificially render a DSLR-style bokeh effect behind the subject of the photograph.
Dubbed Live Focus, the feature lets you take bokeh shots to help the subject stand out.
And unlike the iPhone, Samsung lets you adjust the level of background blur after the photo has been taken.
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Alongside the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, Samsung is widely-tipped to launch an all-new smartphone, Galaxy X.
This new flagship will reportedly boast a foldable OLED display.
The futuristic new smartphone will purportedly fold-out to the size of a tablet, creating a whole new category of mobile device similar to the two-in-one hybrids that have taken over the laptop-tablet segment of the industry.
Samsung Galaxy X is expected to be in extremely limited supply.
Some rumours suggest the South Korean company will only release the smartphone in its native market, before rolling-out worldwide later in 2018.