First Galaxy S9 preview pops for the Snaprdragon 845 US version, confirms all the new features

First Galaxy S9 preview pops for the Snaprdragon 845 US version, confirms all the new features
Well, well, well, some are mining bitcoins and interfering with people's phone calls, others are mining Reddit threads for information about the Galaxy S9, and scoring a whole AMA dedicated to Samsung's flagship. 

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.

First off, the 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.

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.

source: Reddit

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Galaxy S9
  • 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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44 Comments

1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

ditching my iPhone x for this

3. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Never even considered the iPhone X, but this is gonna be my next phone in March

18. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 653; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

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.

27. ph00ny

Posts: 1986; Member since: May 26, 2011

This isn't exclusive to androids. There were so many sales on iphones. Look at the president's day deals

31. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

33. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's nice to be ahead of the curve, I've had the S8+ since launch day.

29. Mjf1285

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

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!

15. drunkenjay

Posts: 1640; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

yup this phone is temping me as well.

16. mikedemoda

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

Stop tripping, you don’t have an iPhone X in first place

32. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

Would never ditch my iPhone X for this. None of the features they copied from Apple ever worked right. Keep trying Lagsung

35. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

"None of the features they copied from Apple ever worked right." This is coming from an iPhone user? That's rich!

38. Man_Utd

Posts: 154; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

What features did Samsung copy?

41. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

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 :)))

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

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

4. Diego!

Posts: 854; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I agree. I prefer Exynos over Qualcomm

5. LikeMyself

Posts: 629; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

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

7. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Sony never follow apple trends

13. DolmioMan

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Yeah and how well are they doing?

17. mikedemoda

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

LMAO so true, HTC will die first and then Sony Mobile

20. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Before you die, how old are you?

19. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

22. yalokiy

Posts: 884; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Lol, do you realize we speak about number of devices being sold in a year? Sony's mobile division survives only thanks to other Sony divisions.

24. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Who gives me the most Sony selling? You think those who have a Ferrari care about hyundai sales lol

25. yalokiy

Posts: 884; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Lol, if Sony devices were priced as many times more as Ferrari in comparison to Hyundai, but they are priced the same or even less than competing devices.

37. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Lol is not price is speed and features lol

39. yalokiy

Posts: 884; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

So far that slight speed advantage and gimmicky features didn't help sony sell more devices.

43. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Never go full retard Ciro...

34. cmdacos

Posts: 3819; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Sony makes phones?? Crazy...

42. Trex95

Posts: 2320; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

And we are innnnnnnn lol.

10. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

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.

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