Galaxy S9 said to come with '3-stack' dual camera and higher price, release set for Q1

It seems that those who are expecting grand surprises from Samsung with the Galaxy S9 will be in for a surprise, as a Korean publication has probed a few sources in and out of the company, and has the following quote from one anonymous Samsung official:


With that out of the way, there will still be plenty of improvements worth waiting for, like a better camera, for instance. How much better? Well, take the dual camera of the Note 8, and slap it Samsung's new 1000fps slow-mo sensor we've told you about before. It is similar to Sony's 19MP 900fps wonder that is already in phones like the XZ Premium, but gets to the ultrafast capture speeds in a different, "3-stack layer" way, so as to avoid any patent fights. Coupled with an eventual new anti-glare coating, and maybe one of the two new sensors that Samsung announced not long ago, the S9 shooter may end up to be the best in its class, given that the Note 8 one is tied with the iPhone X for that title.


Apart from the new camera design on the rear, the Galaxy S9 is said to retain the 9:18.5 aspect ratio of the screen and shrunk bezels at the front that Samsung calls the Infinity Display design. It is said to come powered either by the company's new Exynos 9810, or Snapdragon 845 for tricky CDMA markets like the US. 

What else? Well, the talks about a 3D depth-sensing camera on the Galaxy S9 like on the iPhone X may have been premature, as it is simply too complex of an endeavor for Samsung to catch up to that quickly, but there will apparently be improved 2D face unlock option. The source doesn't exclude that a true Face ID-style kit may come for Samsung's later 2018 flagships, like the Galaxy Note 9, just as we've heard before.


Furthermore, the average selling price of the Galaxy S9 may be slightly higher than the tag of its predecessor, confer the insiders, due to the much higher outlay for the new camera module. According to Kim Dong-won, an analyst at KB Securities:

Release date

Last but not least, the Galaxy S9 is said to be unveiled around the time of the next Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona, as usual. Samsung broke the tradition this year, announcing the S8 much later than that, but if the S9 will be the MWC 2018 showstopper, it means that we might see it announced as soon as February 25th, as Samsung usually unveils its spring flagship on the Sunday before the MWC expo starts. This would certainly jibe with the rumors that next year the Galaxy S9 may arrive earlier than its predecessor did. 

To recap: the Infinity Display design and 5.77"/6.22" diagonals would be here to stay on the S9 and S9+, we may have new processing power with the Exynos 9810 and Snapdragon 845 chipsets, and a brand new dual camera with enhanced speed and lens reflection coating, as well as eventually a tad higher price tag, but it will all be revealed for certain in February. Svelte.

Related phones

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. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

At first I thought 3 cameras, and I literally went, "Here we go again". 1kfps sounds delightful, if they can keep the max recordable time much longer than what Sony is doing.

2. TerryD

Posts: 559; Member since: May 09, 2017

Just like mens razors? 'Lets innovate, I know, lets have 5 blades!'

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Lol... The smoothest shave ever.

17. audibot

Posts: 666; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

they need to slow down on the camera crap and focus no pun intended on optimising TouchWiz, bixby and android. a dedicated large team on bixby with viv change the name to viv and then hey activation as well as finding how to run TouchWiz with android apps

3. DellB

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

why does iphonearena keep sounding like this: " the talks about a 3D depth-sensing camera on the Galaxy S9 like on the iPhone X may have been premature, as it is simply too complex of an endeavor for Samsung to catch up to that quickly" Just imagine the insult to Samsung.

10. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

It's more of a cost issue. The sensor is too complex to be made with a decent yield, and since Samsung already uses way too many high end components(cramming everything like microSD, headphone jack, water resistance, wireless charging and whatnot) that others don't, the price of the device might spiral out of control. I just don't want another 4GB RAM phone. Samsung UI runs much, much better on 6GB.

18. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I thought the same thing.

21. ijuanp03

Posts: 630; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

You know. they HAVE to do this to get early access on the next gen iPhones. It's already an insult to Apple that almost all China phones have bezel-less displays and they have played catch up. More so the iris scanner which has been around with Samsung for 2 years. So they have to make some statement like this.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Higher price ? I think it's a losing strategy, no one can get away with that besides Apple. Now with OnePlus 5T priced at $500 and Essential priced at $450, and all flagships like the S8 significantly down in price, much more than in the past, the signs are that people are not following the exorbitant price trend.

12. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

The Note 8 isn't losing anywhere, as far as I know. The OnePlus and Essential phones are mid range devices, competing with the Galaxy J phones.

19. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I respectfully disagree. I feel that they are flagship phones through and through. I suppose that all comes down to what your definition of "flagship" is. If your definition of flagship is having only a best in class camera, 2K+ screen resolutions, and things wireless charging (although Pixel lacks the ladder) and waterproofing, then I suppose they are not flagship level in all those aspects. However, I'd argue that phones that run the latest and greatest specs (SoC, RAM, etc.), have premium build quality, a 1080p or higher res screen, and optimized performance with good support, are all canditates for the "flagship" title.

22. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

I can agree to a term in the ways of flagship-like. You get several of main features of what's considered a flagship. You just have to pick and choose the brand that offers the feature you really want. Which is why I think they're in the "premium mid-range".

7. twens

Posts: 1182; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

If they improve on the note 8 performance on the s9 then Samsung will have one beast of a phone. For me I'm keeping the note for 2yrs. Performance and stability is very great so far.

11. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

That's a no brainer. There should be no reason why S9 should perform worse than the note 8, except maybe holding apps into RAM(it's said to come with 4GB RAM).

8. haruken

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Sounds rush released to me.

9. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Nothing is rushed. By now the Samsung S10 is already half prepared in the sheets.

13. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

It would be wise for Samsung to wait for iPhoneX's beta 3D cam to fail miserably in the wild first before deciding to blindly copy that feature or not.

14. Rocket

Posts: 697; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Another price hike? gime a break Samsung.

15. rsiders

Posts: 1989; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I just didn't like how elongated the standard S8 was in the hand. I'll probably have to go for the S9+.

16. ant1171984

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 03, 2010

My last 4 devices have been Samsung's (GS3, GS4, GS6, GS7). I was really REALLY anticipating the LG V30 for several month's prior to its release. It just seemed like a worthy alternative to the GS8 esp w/ band 71 support. The only reason I did not get was finger print scanner placement). After reading so many camera reviews of the V30, its issues with screen bleeding, the horrid selfie cam (which I rarely use, but STILL....5 MP is quite sad). All that said, I think I will hold out for the GS9! I am excited!

20. Jrod99

Posts: 776; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Looks like Samsung is going to learn about finger print scanner placement. Wonder who will give up their Note 8 for the S9?

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