First Galaxy S9 preview pops for the Snaprdragon 845 US version, confirms all the new features
by Daniel Petrov / Feb 16, 2018, 4:20 AM
Coming from someone who claims they spent about 20 minutes toying around with the phone, the session is rife with first-look impressions about the S9, so we will summarize the guy's impressions below, so you don't have to read through the whole wide thread.
design is indeed very close to the S8, and the leaked renders apparently were made with an odd perspective, as the guy says the S9 doesn't have noticeably thicker side bezels, just matte instead of glossy finish there. The weight also left pretty much a similar feeling in its hand, and the only really apparent difference in design was the fingerprint scanner located underneath the camera this time, which still made him hit the camera lens one too many times.First off, the
The dual stereo speakers got confirmed - one at the bottom, and one doubling as an earpiece, as well as the presence of a standard audio jack. The sound from the speakers was "a major improvement," compared to the S8, though the surround sound option sounded a bit "phony," as most of them do on small handsets.
Perhaps the biggest selling point of the S9, besides the fast chipsets, would be the cameras - the rear one with variable aperture, which the source says can now do "4k60fps and higher framerates at 720p480 and 1080p240." Sorry, no 1000fps slow-mo, but that was the Snapdragon 845 model for the US, plus the S9 in question was not a finalized retail version, so stay tuned.
As for the front camera, the guy said that the one feature that will be marketed heavily after launch are the new 3D Emoji, which, however, is "not a direct ripoff of animoji, more like a mix between animoji and bitmoji. You create an avatar, and can control its facial features, similar to an animoji. IMO it looks less polished than "apple's version." They are similar but different things." That's more or less it, and the source stayed mum on the pricing, as they aren't allowed to discuss that, just mentioned that the freebies that Samsung throws with the S9 may take a surprising turn compared to previous S-line launches in the US.
- Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
- Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
- Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
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ditching my iPhone x for this
posted on Feb 16, 2018, 4:27 AM 10
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Never even considered the iPhone X, but this is gonna be my next phone in March
posted on Feb 16, 2018, 4:33 AM 21
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Why doyou consider to buy it at launch? I bought my S8 in November for 470€ new during a sale. The price drop in the Android world is so big starting already soon after launch that it doesnt make sense to buy a phone at launch day. 3 months after launch you can the phone already for 20 to 30% less.
posted on Feb 16, 2018, 6:29 AM 6
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That doesn't happen anymore. 2016 flagships were the last batch to see a price drop quickly. Because of the iphone x and s8. Phone prices have gone up and depreciation takes a year. If months, only minimal differences
posted on Feb 16, 2018, 8:38 AM 3
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yup.. agreed! had the X for only a couple of months... got rid of it. went back to the 8 plus. dont like how there is no home button nor touch id. so i will stick with my 8 plus until its time to really upgrade!
posted on Feb 16, 2018, 8:30 AM 1
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Would never ditch my iPhone X for this. None of the features they copied from Apple ever worked right. Keep trying Lagsung
posted on Feb 16, 2018, 8:40 AM 5
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For example the whole smartphone idea. If it wasn't for Apple you would still have phones with capacitive touchscreens. To the newer technologies, like face ID, they had facial recognition for 3-4 years already and they realised it was crap, so they they copied Apple's. Lagsung fans... always living in denial, with selective amnesia :)))
posted on Feb 16, 2018, 1:57 PM 1
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I'm always thankful that my region gets the exynos not the snapdragon especially this year the single core performance is way better with better battery management
posted on Feb 16, 2018, 4:30 AM 15
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Why Android phone makers don't understand most of us don't need the useless features Apple makes? I bet they are just lazy & cowards. Apple sets a trend & next, they follow We don't need notches & Apple gimmicks ffs
posted on Feb 16, 2018, 4:56 AM 3
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Sony never follow apple trends
posted on Feb 16, 2018, 5:04 AM 2
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What few android makers think: - If we make a phone with ugly notch e useless animoji that cost less than iPhone we will steal costumers from Apple. If we remove the jack, we will cut costs and keep selling same number of phones.
posted on Feb 16, 2018, 5:39 AM 1
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