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Galaxy S9 may come with new AKG earphones and anti-glare camera, audio jack still in play

Galaxy S9 may come with new AKG earphones and anti-glare camera, audio jack still in play

Now, this one is difficult to fathom, but a leakster with good track record regarding Samsung flagships, tipped that the Galaxy S9 will ship with "new AKG headset," and it might be a Bluetooth model. The AKG part is self-explanatory, as current Galaxy S8 and Note 8 boxes are stuffed with those, too, but they are of the wired variety, and actually seem to be Samsung buds "tuned by AKG." 

Most audio buffs that analyzed their performance agreed that they are better than average in that they balance well the bass, middle and treble at normal listening volumes, so that you had some low-level thumping when the tune requires it, but you could also hear the vocals loud and clear. That's all one would desire from free buds that come packaged with your high-end phone, but Bluetooth ones? That's really a stretch, and hard to believe. There are no such buds on the AKG site, but let's not forget that Samsung has its own line of Bluetooth earphones, the IconX, which can also get the "tuned by AKG" treatment. 

These cost $199, though, when not on promo, so we'd file this rumor in the wishful thinking folder. Asked whether this Bluetooth bet might mean that the S9 might have no audio jack, the source said that it's still in play, at least on the latest prototypes they know about, which makes their tip that the AKG buds packaged with the S9 may be wireless even more implausible.

The more interesting part of the tip, however, is a tidbit about the camera on the Galaxy S9. While confirming that the recently leaked CAD drawings, allegedly of an S9 prototype with vertical dual camera, are pretty close to the truth, the source hints that the camera "uses anti-glare BBAR layer ghost technology." Now, what is BBAR? Well, Broadband Anti-Reflection is simply a type of coating that fights glare and dual images which may be what the "ghost" part is referring to. We don't know why is this so special, given that phone cameras already have anti-glare coatings, just like your prescription glasses do, but it might be something new and better that is worth mentioning. 

Anyway, a lot of rumors are pointing to an earlier release for the S9, so we'll just have to keep our ears to the ground during the cold winter months, and we'll probably know more about the specifics of the S9's camera pretty soon.

source: IceUniverse (Weibo)

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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

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25 Comments

turk_az

Posts: 75; Member since: May 11, 2012

if they do cancel the headphone jack then i will cancel buying S9

alligator

Posts: 69; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

They will definitely NOT remove the headphone jack because the latest ad from Samsung laugh at the Apple fan who has to use one jack for charging and headphones. They can't stress on that and 6 months later to release a phone without headphone jack. In the same time, Bluetooth headphones included in the packaging will be a great deal for everyone.

gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

"They will definitely NOT remove the headphone jack because the latest ad from Samsung laugh at the Apple fan who has to use one jack for charging and headphones. They can't stress on that and 6 months later to release a phone without headphone jack." Google did it. And besides, Samsung laughed at iPhone users for YEARS for not having replaceable batteries, and then went ahead and removed the replaceable batteries from their phones.

surethom

Posts: 1514; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

PLEASE no in ear canal design, just in ear design like the pixel buds & airpods are better.

peace247 unregistered

I prefer ear canal design...so..

cmdacos

Posts: 3628; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Me too.

jellmoo

Posts: 2514; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Seriously. I actually like mine to stay in my ears...

KingSam

Posts: 1267; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I hate sticking those in my ears. Airpod style design please.

47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

If I have a note 8. What's the use of getting the S9 and S9+ since it shares the resemblance as the note 8? Also, if the note 8 is to be much cheaper than the S9 and S9+. How would the S9 and S9+ sell well if the S9 and S9+ is to be the next $1,000 samsung phone?

cmdacos

Posts: 3628; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nobody asked you to get it and it's not a requirement.

47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Yet you wonder why you should get a galaxy S9/S9 plus. If the real life usage is the same as the note 8?

MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"If the real life usage is the same as the note 8?" If you actually believe that, then you clearly have no clue of the uses of the S-Pen and thus the Note 8 wasn't targeted at such basic users like you to begin with. The S line isn't a successor to the Note line, nor vice versa, stop being an iDiot thinking they are...

BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1042; Member since: May 01, 2017

The S-Pen isn’t all that special. I work with a couple Samsung fanatics and seen first hand what it’s capable of doing

toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Okay. That's just your opinion based those couple of 'Samsung fanatics'. There are a lot of people that use the S-Pen to its full potential. Again, the Note line is not for everybody.

BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1042; Member since: May 01, 2017

No need need to be salty. Every time I’ve asked, nobody here has been able to explain what the full potential of the s-pen is.

MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

You never asked me, you just presumed I use it no different from some dudes you met...

jellmoo

Posts: 2514; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Why are you under the impression that it should be an obvious upgrade to a 6 month old device?

47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

So your telling me that the 6 month old device sucks already? How in what way?

toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

He's saying that's what you're saying based on your comment. The S & Note line are for different users. The S model that comes out earlier in the year is a preview of what will be bigger & better on the Note later in the year. Been that way since 2012.

AustinPaul

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Not following you there. For starters, the S9 will be my preferred size as I have the S8 now, and I think many will feel the same way. I would not be surprised to see some additional camera tweaking coming, as well as the obvious processor upgrade. Then we will see yet another iteration of Touchwiz, which has been steadily improving with each update/rev. I also expect a new placement of the FPS. Based on rumors and logical steps forward, I can think of many reasons to upgrade to an S9/9+.

47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Oh so you think that wasting $1k for a brand new samsung galaxy flagship smartphone per year is relevant? Let's say I have a note 8. And you have a galaxy S9+. With the same unit design. Same dual camera, same screen size, etc. You're gonna tell me that the note 8 that I've invested isn't worth it and I should've gotten the S9+?

RoryBreaker

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

C'mon Sammy make the right decision & keep the headphone jack! Don't go down the iSh!# rabbit hole!

BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1042; Member since: May 01, 2017

Now that Samsung has Harmon Kardon/AKG at their disposal, they need to utilize that acquisition more and include a HiFi DAC with next years flagships

cocoy

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I hope Samsung make a limited edition flat screen variant. I'll be the first to register for pre-order.

MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Anti-glare camera, but pro-glare curved display.

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