Galaxy S9 to support the S8's LTE bands, have the same 'tuned by AKG' headphones

Galaxy S9 to support the S8's LTE bands, have the same 'tuned by AKG' headphones
We just dove in the FCC's Galaxy S9 filings, and, among wireless testing equipment lists and frequency distributions, a few tidbits of info flesh out the S9 a bit more for us end users. First off, the FCC lists that the phone, codenamed SMG960U (for US carriers), will support no less than 24 LTE bands.

While that's just a band short from the current record holders - Apple's iPhone crop, whose Japanese models support 25 - it's still the same number of bands listed for the S8 as well. This generous number of LTE frequencies that the S9 will support means that the unlocked version can be bought directly from Samsung, and brought to any carrier in the US, including Verizon and Sprint, just as we can with the S8.

Another piece of new info, besides the EV-BG960ABA battery, which just happened to leak today as well, are the headphones that will likely be bundled with the S9. The FCC lists them as EO-IG955, and these are the same "tuned by AKG" buds that can be found in the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 boxes as well. They are pretty good buds for the price of free, so we won't complain. The fast-charging cable listed is also the same one from the S8, so we can expect similar blazing charge times, and, last but not least, there will be a microSD card slot... surprise, surprise.

source: FCC (PDF)

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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. cogito

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

Band 71 is included. Cool

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1831; Member since: Apr 22, 2014


2. Senthilg

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 07, 2016

Correct. It is not same number of bands as S8. It has Band 71

4. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I take it Samsung still isn’t going to use their acquisition of Harmon Kardon to their full advantage by not including at AKG tuned HI-FI DAC

5. Heisenberg

Posts: 377; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

S10, X Note 10

9. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

The head of HK stated, that they and Samsung are workign to bring enhanced audio and video features to Samsung products. Am sure those things take time. Its only been almost 2 years since acquisition. Considering Apple has owned Beats for more than 3 years, and Apple has brought ZERO to their product from Beats and Samsung brought at least. At least they brought headphones over which Apple has not at all speaks volumes. Phones don;t need a DAC if they just include a premium DSP. Which Samsung phones already deploy.

6. Cat97

Posts: 1921; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Same shape, same battery, same bands...why bother releasing it ?

10. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Because there are people who want it. Everyday you have the same face, same body and same brain. So why bother getting up? See how that works?

7. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

S9 is only for those who are upgrading from S5/S6/S7 or Note4/Note5 owners others with S8/Note8 aren't going to miss much.

8. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

"pretty good for free" :)) are you serious?? Are way better than many overpriced branded on the market! So even with a decent price would be good.

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