Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ invite hints at super slow-mo, creamy bokeh, and a possible color variant

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ invite hints at super slow-mo, creamy bokeh, and a possible color variant
In case you missed it, Samsung's official announcement invitation for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ arrived with a band yesterday, confirming that the next big things will become official on February 25. That's just a day before MWC 2018 starts and falls 100% with our predictions and expectations.

As it's blatantly obvious from the invitation, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be aiming to "reimagine the camera" experience and we think we have a pretty good understanding of how Samsung will tackle this issue. We expect the Galaxy S9 to flaunt a single rear camera with a variable aperture that's able to switch between F/1.5-F/2.4 depending on the shooting scenario, while the Galaxy S9+ will build on that with an additional camera at the rear. 

Of course, this super-wide aperture of F/1.5 means that out-of-focus areas will be beautifully blurred and have more aesthetically-pleasing bokeh. What's more, Samsung's new tri-stacked ISOCELL camera sensor which would likely land on the new Galaxies could deliver a rather cool new feature - 480fps slo-mo video recording at 1080p Full HD resolution and probably short bursts of 960fps slo-mo at 720p HD resolution. So far, only Sony has employed such a feature on some of its Xperia devices, but it merely used a dual-stacked sensor and the outcome was half-baked and unintuitive at best.

So, does the invitation hint at any of these rumors being real? Actually it has three hidden hints inside:

  • While the still image one tells nothing, Samsung actually posted a short animated version on Twitter, which shows a bunch of dandelion seeds slowly being carried by a gust of wind and drawing the number 9, which then slowly goes out of focus and blurs beautifully. Hence, it could be realistically speculated that the flying dandelion seeds are a dead giveaway for the super slo-mo capabilities of the Galaxy S9/S9+, because let's face it, blowing at the seeds of this weed and capturing the act on camera would almost always yield cool slo-mo results.

  • Furthermore, the slow fading out of focus of the number 9 is hinting at the creamy bokeh-rendering traits of the upcoming flagships courtesy of the widest end of the variable aperture, which should make portrait shots that much appealing.

  • Finally, we 'd speculate that the beautiful and deep purple color of the 9 could be a hint that the Galaxies could be available in this vibrant color option. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ also came in a somewhat similar shade of violet, dubbed Orchid Grey, but it was way more muted and inconspicuous than this one.
 
Of course, those two are merely educated speculations, so don't take them for written in stone. Yet, the evidence is there and knowing that Samsung loves dropping teasers and hints in its product announcement invitations, we have a feeling we are on the right path with our expectations.

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10 Comments

1. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

The slow transition from in focus to out of focus could mean there is a new manual focus ??

2. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Still waiting for that emerald green.

10. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 371; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Yes!, I miss my emerald green s6 edge, what a beauty!!.

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Purple like Z, Z1 and Z2 Bokeh like i7+ Slow mo like XZP Nothing to see here

5. JohnR

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Yet you are here... Please, have a seat

7. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

If so, we'll see the next iphone that slowmotion has

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

What I personally can't wait to see is the difference between the Snapdragon and Exynos versions. From what I've read so far double the single core performance of the M2 cores is very real with the M3 cores. It may leave a rather large performance gap between the two versions, as the Snapdragon 845 only has a 25% performance increase compared to the SD835.

9. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

"What's more, Samsung's new tri-stacked ISOCELL camera sensor which would likely land on the new Galaxies could deliver a rather cool new feature - 480fps slo-mo video recording at 1080p Full HD resolution and probably short bursts of 960fps slo-mo at 720p HD resolution. So far, only Sony has employed such a feature on some of its Xperia devices, but it merely used a dual-stacked sensor and the outcome was half-baked and unintuitive at best." It seems the authors of this article are trying too hard to make samsung seem innovative with their image sensor technology, Peter the image sensor in Xperia XZ series is a 3 layer stacked image sensor not dual stacked image sensor and it can actually record 960/1000fps at Full HD and 60fps at 4K UHD while how long you can shoot super slow mo video that depends on the DRAM capacity and image processor. https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201702/17-013E/index.html

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