Galaxy S9 and S9+ previewed in glorious detail with full specs and release date

The recently leaked full-size S9 and S9+ renders didn't really do the phones justice, as the perspective seemed to have chopped the side bezels out of whack, but this latest scoop, allegedly depicting official Galaxy S9 and S9+ press images, may turn out to be more like it.

In the newest pictures, the S9 and S9+ show symmetrically curved fronts and backs, much more in line with what the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have to offer in terms of design, and, what's more, coinciding with the impressions of a person who has actually held the S9 in their hands. 

The other snippet we can see in the images are the dual camera on the S9+, the elliptical fingerprint scanner positioned below the rear cameras on both phones, as well as the new Lilac color scheme. Overall, the front doesn't look like it has changed much from their predecessors, but we didn't really expect Samsung to overhaul its Infinity Display design so soon anyway, just to perfect it here and there where it could. It has indeed shaved off the bottom bezel a bit, says the source, and added stereo speakers, "tuned by AKG".

The surprises are spared for under the hood, as the leaksters reconfirm everything we have heard about the Galaxy S9 and S9+ so far. They will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor, clocked at 2.6GHz in the US and some other regions, while the global Exynos 9810 version will tick at the whopping 2.9GHz maximums. There will be 4GB RAM on the S9, and 6GB on the S9+, while both will share a 64GB storage memory amount, expanded by a microSD card at will. A 3000 mAh battery pack, and a 3500mAh one, respectively, will be keeping the lights on, hopefully translating to a better endurance than their predecessors, given the more frugal chipset, and the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.

The biggest news, however, are the cameras. Both the S9 and S9+ will come with brand new cameras - still 12MP, but with variable F 1.5/2.4 apertures, while the S9+ will have a secondary optically-stabilized 12MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture, making it the first Galaxy-S line handset to sport a dual camera set. We can't wait to play with these cameras on Sunday, when Samsung will be announcing the S9 and S9+ at the MWC expo in Barcelona, and will relay what's what to you straight out of the new camera kits. 

The source reiterates a March 8th launch date for Samsung's spring flagships, so it shouldn't be long before you will be able to buy them, too, though the pricing might not be everyone's cup of soju.

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Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)
Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)



1. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

'Omg the leaked Galaxy S9 is so ugly' The haters really THOUGHT a few weeks ago. Poor them.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1897; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Unfortunately, it still looks ugly. The uneven top and bottom bezels ruin an already quite unfortunate design that expresses "weakness" instead of "sleekness". Look at the LG G6. Even with slightly uneven bezels, the radiuses and proportions express a sleek and modern phone (even if technically inferior - this is another matter). Also look at the LG V30. The same - a very sleek and modern look, with correct proportions and radiuses. It's amazing to see that not all rectangle and radiuses and proportions are equal. A bad designer can ruin even a simple design (look at the Pixel 2 XL - the epitome of ugliness).

16. Chaise unregistered

Look at this guy, thinks he's the next Ive.

23. dimas

Posts: 3374; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I can live with uneven bezels than a unibrow notch. And pixel 2 xl looks ok if not great in actual.

24. AViator

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Nice. As for me i can live with a notch with minimal to no bottom bezel.

25. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

I don't mind minimal bezels, but a notch is a no go for me.

30. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LG's 2017 phones do look very good, better than the S8/S9 in fact but the S8/S9 are absolutely not ugly!

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

S6 Edge looks better, Note 7 either

26. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

But the S6 edge's top and bottom bezels are nothing to write home about.

9. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

the back is what makes them ugly. and it still is. the FPS shape, plus the vertical arrangements don't look really good, in term of looks the back of S8 is far better looking.

12. SammyFanBOY

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 29, 2018

True. the S8 Looks very elegant compared to this, especially when you place it in a premium case, the cutouts on the case will make the back look more pleasing to the eye.

19. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Yes, it looks symmetrical horizontally, on S8 the FPS placement isn't an issue, especially if you use a case (because who wouldn't?), never even once touched the lens. it seems the S10 is the real upgrade from S8. Sure, S9 will have superior specs and camera(s).

32. RoyalMike unregistered

I have no problem with the Fps on S8 but everyone doesn't use a case, I have S8 from first day of launch and I never used any case, screen protector or anything. I'm happy because after an year it still look 100% new, 0 scratches and still shining like how it was an year ago, even the performance is still consistent. So yeah S8 is amazing but case is not needed even since S3 came.

2. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017


5. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

well at least they are not using the same exact ideas for 4-5 years like apple and sony

8. limporgyuk

Posts: 363; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Well said, and at least it doesn't have a hideous notch

15. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

At least they didn't remove the headphone jack.

29. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And they didn't force people to use half-baked FaceID

4. redmd

Posts: 1939; Member since: Oct 26, 2011


7. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Please Sony, bring something interesting!!!!!! Enough of these.

17. Chaise unregistered

Tired of these so you're asking the king of stale design?

27. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

It's quite ironic bro lol... Tired of this S9 design, yet he wants something new from the king of stale design who has recycled the original Xperia Z design till kingdom come! Real funny.

10. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Too bad manufacturers that made glass phones are leaving white behind. Best color, you dont see the fingerprints.

14. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

I agree. I'm tired of the typical black phone and even these weird new colors.

11. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Give us software Samsung. Software is so more important than hardware. OS

13. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 08, 2017


18. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

I hope that Samsung this year will not be the beginning of the decline in sales because I think the S9 will be less-selling than the S8 because it lacks the "wow" element, ... The previous quarter Apple's smartphone division was 10 times higher than Samsung's average profit Apple average selling prices is $ 794 Samsung $235 I was still saying Apple knows how to earn money even though it sold less but earned more iPhone X was the best selling phone in the quarter though it is expensive and the reason for this paradox in my view 1.S8 was excellent in seling but Samsung does not reap a lot of money compared to Apple because phones are dropping prices after the release in markets because of the proliferation of Android phones. This is something that Samsung and its superiors know very well. Samsung has the hardware, but it haven't Android. It is a lack. Apple has a strong point and a difference from Samsung. It has the OS so you see Apple as comfortable and priced as it want and remains constant. "Ma In my opinion, what I discovered is that the market is not the best phone or device, but the brand and the policies of companies armake the difference and who owns the hardware and the software. But (for companies)) to have OS more important than hardware to succeed "financially", because there are a lot of hardware companies, but in OS only Android and IOS in the Android is chaos, there are a million companies, the OS becamefor cheap phones and flagships, Samsung has had to meet the cheap and high-end phones market to succeed, but on the other hand cheaper phones are more demanding than flagship, even though the Galaxy is the best flagship, the reason always goes back because it does not have the"OS" Samsung the best Android conmpagne but doesn't control the Android market like what it want, with a million companies using the same OS, the biggest and most wrong mistake Samsung when it rejected the offer to buy Android from its founders in its infancy, now the last thing it can do is a special user experience, but still the Android in the end. Samsung tried to push "Tizen" but the success of a new system at this time is almost impossible and needs years and Samsung itself lost hope and only in television and watches. Samsung is creative but hasn't taken its right in the market. from my point view maybe wrong or true, Samsung should delte cheap phones series, just A/ S/ Note, the smartphone's market is going to saturation and suffers from the breakthrough in revolutionary inventions foldable phones are the future, Samsung needs to control the Th market is a little folding phones and the way to it.

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4220; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Damn those are nice. Itching to get one but holding on to my Note until the 9.

21. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Specs are good enough. What r u waiting from a phone ? lel. It doesnt look as good as S8 to me. But still good. Dont kid urself lel

22. Chumley

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Be nice if Samsung took a few notes from HTC in the area of phone colors. Does anyone really like these dull pastel colors? Ya, I was just thinking I'd really like a lavender phone.

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