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Galaxy S9 and S9+ release date set for 'early March,' stacked motherboards in tow

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Galaxy S9 and S9+ enter mass production with stacked system boards, dual camera for the S9+
Just as rumored, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ would be hitting the conveyor bells as soon as next week, quite a bit earlier than their predecessors the S8 and S8+ did, as Samsung's 2018 flagships are expected to be released in early March to eager fans, after a likely February 25th announcement. This report comes from Korean media, and sounds like a laundry list of who is who in Samsung's supply chain, detailing the new features that will land with the S9 and S9+.

First off, the speculation that the new top-end Galaxies will sport a stacked system board that saves on interior space, got reiterated, mentioning five initial suppliers that will be churning those out, with a sixth added in February. Apple's new iPhone X utilizes such motherboard design, freeing up space for a larger, L-shaped battery inside. In a nutshell, those advanced SLP (Substrate Like PCB) circuit boards would stack or package the chips tighter together, making their footprint much smaller, and leaving space for other things inside a phone, like, ahem, larger batteries. That's exactly what Samsung may be doing with the Galaxy S9 and/or the S9+, as we recently saw reports on an increased battery capacity compared to the S8.

Unfortunately, the current report also confirms that the first dual camera system on a Galaxy S-line phone will be reserved or the larger, S9+ model, while the S9 will have to make do with a single camera lens. The selfie camera kits at the front of Samsung's new phones will sport an iris recognition module, and a regular camera, with the modules combined in one on the S9 to save space, but separated on the larger S9+. Last but not least, it will be Samsung's own Electro Mechanics division that will supply the S9 and S9+ cameras, indicating that we might see some of the new sensors that said department announced not long ago, outfitted on Samsung's spring flagships.

source: ETNews (translated)

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  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 4GB RAM
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