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

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

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

This will kill iphone x for sure!!!

2. VasiliS7

Posts: 201; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

The iPhone X is already killed. I want to see S9 to kill the OP6 in speed. Is the only android who has something better from S. In camera, features, screen and brand value Samsung is miles ahead.

4. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Until someone tests a IPhone with a Snapdragon and a flagship android using Apples A chipset, it’s all speculation and will be until that happens.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I have to ask this: Why do a certain segment Android fans ignore the reality that no matter when or what flagship phone launches, the iPhone won't be affected all that much, if at all? They control 80% of the market over $600 and 90% over $800, you aren't gonna change that with the S9/G7/U12 launches. The quarter after the S series becomes available, the iPhone will STILL be outselling it... that's just the reality you have to live with.

6. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

We don't care what they make, how many they sell, or how they overpriced their phones to maximize profit. With Apple having a 100% monopoly on IOS, it's pointless to talk about sales. They have zero competition. But their a$$ is about to be handed to them in this lawsuit, and they are gonna lose millions of customers. If Samsung was the only Android OEM, and all they made were the S and Note, they still would sell more phones than Apple and anyone else. But unlike Apple Samsung has to compete in multiple markets. In fact why compete in markets where Apple is basically at the bottom of the pile. Stop bragging another obvious, that no one here gives 2 cents about, except people like you.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I don't have time to look it up right now but, isn't that market shares he is talking about in China. Seams I read that the $600 was in China. Anyway have to get to town.

36. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I have read some comments from Chinese people, they are really pissed off about the throttlegate.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"We don't care what they make, how many they sell, or how they overpriced their phones to maximize profit." Yeah I bet you don't. Must be why you've wasted so much time crafting that reply, then./s "With Apple having a 100% monopoly on IOS, it's pointless to talk about sales." First of all, learn what a monopoly is and how they work. Secondly, if Android is an "equal" to iOS, your previous statement wouldn't matter, as people in search of premium offerings would be buying both (which they aren't considering the stats I posted above). Lastly, why do these companies make phones again? Oh yeah... to sell them. "They have zero competition." That's entirely the "competition's" fault. "But their a$$ is about to be handed to them in this lawsuit, and they are gonna lose millions of customers." Hah... good luck with that, fam. "If Samsung was the only Android OEM, and all they made were the S and Note, they still would sell more phones than Apple and anyone else." Are you f**king delusional? The S and Note series make up less than 1/3rd of Samsung's mobile sales. Their average ASP is under $200... that division would go bankrupt. "But unlike Apple Samsung has to compete in multiple markets. In fact why compete in markets where Apple is basically at the bottom of the pile." The low-end market? Why would Apple waste time on that? It's basic economic theory that catering to lower markets will in all likelihood yield little to no results unless the product can be produced for next to nothing. Google gets away with it because they have their own separate means of income through, well, ads. "Stop bragging another obvious, that no one here gives 2 cents about, except people like you." *He says after writing a document...

25. audibot

Posts: 605; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

what samsung phone is under $200, apple counts sales as shipped to carriers, so they dont own sh%t on any market but apples, but when webos takes down all iphone x and qc takes the rest it will be fun to watch them burn up on re-entry

32. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

...Drinking are we?

8. Peacetoall unregistered

we care about isheep because they are so stupid and naive

9. izim1

Posts: 1596; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Is that your reality? Interesting.... but i have to ask this: why do a certain segment of isheep ignore the reality that their reality is warped?

10. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wait a sec: If their reality IS that their reality is warped, that would mean their reality is based in, well, reality, right?

18. izim1

Posts: 1596; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Read my post again. Slowly this time. Specifically the "THE reality is that THEIR reality" part. A few times over until it sinks in where you're trying to twist it. It's ok, i understand english isnt everyone's first language. If you still cant figure out where youre going wrong, think of it this way: 'Wait a sec: If A SCHIZOPHRENIC'S reality IS that their reality is warped, that would mean their reality is based in, well, reality, right?' And see if that helps...

21. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm still not getting your premise here. Ultimately, reality is nothing more than a construct of perception that in SOME cases can be backed up by factual reasoning. My reply to OP is based on factual reasoning, your response doesn't really make a whole lotta sense with that in context. It just sounds like you wanted to say something to refute what I did, only to completely miss the point and assume I give a s**t about what "isheep" suffer from. Do you honestly believe they are the only delusional fanbase here? If so... I'd love to know why.

30. izim1

Posts: 1596; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Hang on, let me get the hand puppets out for you, sport...

31. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Your antagonistic behaviour isn't making your point any more apparent.

33. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Read post 8 you need help He is there to guide you to the right path.

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

This will kill iPhone X? Ah... Your statement isn't strictly accurate, I'm afraid. iPhone X is a "non living thing" and hence should be regarded as 'immortal'. And... I don't think one can kill the immortal.

26. audibot

Posts: 605; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

not true if all mater makes up everything then everything is alive and will be killed off

24. audibot

Posts: 605; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

dont care anymore just want front speakers and fp in power button

3. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

The single camera and lower RAM means the S9 will be at least $200 lower price than the S9+, as there would be next to no reason to go for smaller variant at less than $150 difference(you get smaller screen and battery size too). This is great news since I think the S9 should rival budget flagships like the OP6 and LG G7(price falls fast for LG after 2 months).

7. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

The base S9 is not gonna be a budget phone. It's still gonna be a $750/800 option. What are you talking about?

16. izim1

Posts: 1596; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I will pay $150 MORE for a smaller smartphone. I dont take important pictures with my phone and dont keep 50 apps open at a time so dual camera or more RAM is worthless to me. I would gladly give those things up in a heartbeat, for a smaller footprint. Fair trade as far as I'm concerned. Not everyone likes ridiculously large phones. I have zero need or want for a huge phone. So yeah, the s9 will probably only be $100 less than the s9+ and STILL sell as well.

20. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 679; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

"there would be next to no reason to go for smaller variant" I don't necessarily agree with that. Not everyone likes larger phones still & not everyone cares about the specs. In fact, I would say most consumers don't care that much about the specs. They just want what works. That being said, I think there would be plenty of reasons for people to get the S9.

28. audibot

Posts: 605; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

not everyone wants a stupid tablet in their pocket. i like the size of the s8 and s9 i just want them to turn the speaker forward its easy to do.

11. sme4192

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 30, 2017

exynos 9810 have 4Mb L3 cache sdm845 have 2Mb L3 cashe

27. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

A11 has 8mb cache.

34. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Not exactly correct A11 have 32KB+32KB L1 cache, 8Mb L2 cache, and no L3 cache

12. sme4192

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 30, 2017

and M3 core can up to 2.7Ghz +a55 core up to 1.95Ghz

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