Samsung Galaxy S9 could be my perfect phone of 2018, if...

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 is coming soon. Not as soon as we'd like, but rumors say that it will be unveiled in the first months of 2018, a bit earlier than previous Galaxies, and we have plenty of reasons to believe it will be exciting. Here are a few: it is expected to have Samsung's latest Super AMOLED screen, an even better display than one of the best screens ever made with the S8, it is said to improve an already great camera and it will be the first Samsung flagship with Android 8 Oreo on board.

Despite all the excitement, I have been using the Galaxy S8 for a while, and found exactly 10 things that I would like to see fixed or improved in the Galaxy S9.

These are not requirements for faster processor, more RAM or specs: these are all about making the daily experience with the phone better. Some of them come from wishing more from the current S8 and some come from my experience with other phones that have shown me that things could be done better. The competition has indeed stepped its game up and the stakes are high. If Samsung fixes all these things, though, the Galaxy S9 could well become my perfect phone of 2018.

10 things I wish Samsung improves in Galaxy S9


1. Fingerprint scanner position: the most annoying issue with the S8 is one that you bump against many times every day: the uncomfortable position of the fingerprint scanner. Everyone is ranting about this and for a good reason, as the fingerprint area is too small and awkwardly placed. Early leaks suggest that Samsung has listened and picture the S9 with a fingerprint scanner below the rear camera, within much easier reach.

2. Less stutter, smoother performance in Samsung Experience: despite modern ultra-fast processors, Samsung Experience remains slightly stuttery. Yes, it's not a dealbreaker and you do get used to it in a strange way, but also - yes, you do notice it when you pick up another phone like an iPhone, Pixel or heck, even a OnePlus for comparison. Samsung's Experience interface is either too heavy or too clunky in terms of code, and we wish it was optimized and running smoother, at a constant 60fps rate.

3. Better loudspeaker: not everyone listens to music on their phone - the quality cannot match that of a set of proper speakers or headphones - but some do. I know I do it because of necessity. Either playing a cool new track to friends outdoors, listening to rap music as I shower, or just playing a YouTube video, I have come to appreciate good loudspeaker quality. And the Galaxy S8 loudspeaker quality is... mediocre. Newer phones like the iPhone 8, Pixel 2 series and even the OnePlus 5T have much better sounding loudspeaker, and most of them are still water-proof.

4. Project Treble support for faster Android updates: this is important. Having the latest software on your phone is just cool, it makes you feel up-to-date, it makes you love your phone despite its age, but the Galaxy S8 is still stuck on Android 7 Nougat, months after Pixel phones got Android 8 Oreo. Samsung is not slower than other Android phone makers, they are all slow, and that is the problem. With the new Project Treble, Google promises Android updates will happen much quicker and we have our fingers crossed that the S9 will support it.

5. Portrait camera mode: the Pixel 2 showed you don't need a secondary camera in order to have portrait mode on your phone. So even though rumors say that Samsung will launch the S8 with just one camera, we hope to see Portrait mode in the camera. And no, the slow and clunky Selective Focus mode that we currently have on the S8 is definitely not fast or good enough.


6. Keep the headphone jack, please: wireless headphones are the future, we all agree on that. What not everybody agrees with, though, is paying $200 for a set of decent wireless headphones, or having to face the issue of dead battery on headphones when you need them. That's why we want the headphone jack to stay, even if that means we don't get an hour or two of extra battery life.

7. Better wallpapers: I know, it’s a small thing, but the stock wallpapers on the S8 appeared a bit low-res, the selection was scant and they were just not perfect. And I am a sucker for great wallpapers. While you can use a ton of third-party apps to get some great wall art on your Galaxy, we wish Samsung stepped up its game with some great stock ones.

8. Let us customize the Bixby button: reason is that Bixby is... not very useful or good at all. Why have a button dedicated to a function barely anyone uses? We would much rather prefer having a useful mute switch, or just the ability to customize that button to do something else, maybe launch the Google Assistant instead or do something custom that everyone could decide on.

9. Let us, enthusiasts, edit 4K videos: iMovie-like software is sorely missing on Android and the built-in Samsung video software only supports full editing of 1080p video. That's a shame because the quality of 4K footage is noticeably better and more detailed.

10. More on-board storage, please: Samsung currently sells its phones in only one model with 64GB of storage. We're grateful we have the microSD card option for memory expansion, but for power users it might be a good idea to have a 'pro' version of sorts, with more fast, native storage.

Conclusion


Samsung does not need to do a ton in order for the Galaxy S9 to be successful. It already has a great foundation with the S8. But putting that extra polish on a successful product could make it truly great and put it in a special place not just on store shelves, but in users' hearts.


We look forward to hearing from you in the comments. Meanwhile, you can always check our round-up of Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors to get up-to-date with what Samsung's next big thing could look like.

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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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118 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I honestly don't mind that it's not centered, they just need to make the scanning area a bit bigger, or maybe bring it down a bit, especially on the Plus model. I find it better positioned than the center, I have the Essential Phone now and had the Honor 8 before, and I always find myself adjusting my grip and bending my finger to get to the fingerprint scanner, which was never the case on the S8 and S8 Plus I had before.

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

1. Fingerprint scanner position: Amen to that. 2. Less stutter, smoother performance: Install a bloody launcher! 3. Better loudspeaker: Get your ears cleaned, seriously, you've no idea how much junk your ears carry until you get them cleaned! Personal experience! 4. Project Treble support: Amen to that, too! 5. Portrait camera mode: Gimmick! 6. Keep the headphone jack, please: I, quite frankly, don't mind! 7. Better wallpapers. I beg your pardon? 8. Let us customize the Bixby button: Better kill her! 9. Let us, enthusiasts, edit 4K videos: The 'enthusiasts' should buy a Windows 10 Laptop! And that's coming from an enthusiast! 10. More on-board storage, please: I don't mind! Well, there you have it ladies and gentlemen! So, G'Day!

12. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't mind their top 10 list tbh, them adding silly stuff to fill out the list, shows how great the S8 is. My wishlist for the S9 would be, a wide angle lens, even faster wireless charging, 128gb base model, a xenon plus LED flash combo, give people the option to uninstall Samsung services that they don't use like the duplicate email apps for example, keep the bixby button but let us remap it.

14. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

"Galaxy S8 is still stuck on Android 7 Nougat, months after Pixel phones got Android 8 Oreo" ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

16. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

There is a new article about another software hitting iOS products that fixes another bug the latest update brought. You should go there and brag about software updates, it will be fun.

19. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

iOS 11.2.1 has fixed all the bugs and now it runs like butter. Plz be informed if you wanna comment on tech sites like this.

26. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Don't get too excited, few days from now, you will be reading about a new update that is coming to fix a new iOS bug. Wait for it, and as always, make sure you also ignore those articles.

80. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 2011

Didn't you say that about 11.2 and whatever the version prior to it?

66. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Yet the Pixel with Oreo does less than the Galaxy S8 with Nougat?!

112. riteshrkm

Posts: 150; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

i could still get a Picture in Picture with my S7E nougat. Dnt care abt getting OREO

18. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

"Samsung does not need to do a ton in order for the Galaxy S9 to be successful. It already has a great foundation with the S8" This maybe true BUT the PROBLEM is the competition is also getting better and better by the day. Galaxy S8 already has a very fierce rivals like Oneplus 5T, LG V30, HTC U11, Pixel 2/2 XL and this trend will only get improved and S9 will have more fierce competition for sure in next year. Very very good phones for low price points are becoming a reality these days. $200 Honor 7X is a good example for that.

69. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Sounds like you're just admitting Samsung has competition, which Apple does not. Which is why Apple takes 4-5 years to implement things Android has for years prior, because they know people like you will wait on Apple forever. Fast charging has been available since the SD800 which was on the Galaxy S5. Apple implements it in 2017, and it only supports one method, while Samsung phones support 2. They don't even include the fast charger, yet keeps increasing the retail cost to keep profit margin equal or higher. But you are here attacking Samsung? Why?! You're also admitting that $200 are better than the iPhone, because all of the above phones are as good as the Galaxy S8 and yet cost less. Those phones are cheaper because they don't use 1st party components. Samsung makes everything in their phone but maybe 3 things.

107. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That is why people are not buying iPhones: because they don't have those features. Oh, wait...

22. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This article was very fun to read and a treat to the Apple fans like me.. It has summarized (although missed some points too) almost all negative things on Galaxy S8 in a funny and enjoyable way and when I read it I cannot stop reading it over and and over again......LOL

74. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

You think they are negatives? Lets compare then to the iPhone: 1 - the X doesn't even have a FPS, 2 - even with the A11, the iOS UI especially on the iPhone X is slow., 3 - The speakers are loud, but still sounds like static/crap, 4 - most updates are because previous updates breaks things, 5 - the camera takes over-saturated pics which you all claimed you hated, and portrait mode just has gimmicky features still in beta, 6 - no headphone jack, 7 - Apple copying live wallpapers from Android which had it since Android 1.x, 8 - Apple has a Siri button, 9 - Yes you can edit 4K and offload them in 4K, assuming you don't run out of space, 10 - Apple charges a premium for storage, others do not. sdcards are still the cheaper better option. Apple doesn't and won;t because they purposely limits storage to dupe you into paying $200 to get more of it. Note 8 comes 64. A 256GB sdcard is now about $120/140. That's unlimited storage and with the included USB adapter, I can also attach a full SSD to it and install an app that reads native NTFS formatted drives, or I simply create exFAT partitions which are natively read by Android Oh and because the port on the Note is USB 3.0, it has enough power to actually boot an HDD/SSD without an external power supply. Try that with your iPhone.

108. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why do you care about X? If Apple charges money for extra storage, that the placement of fp scanner on the S8 is less awkward? (I'm ignoring the fact that 7 of your points are based on bad perceptions)

87. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

And yet there's less things wrong with the s8 than the iPhone X.

31. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I've been saying that the fps is in a fine position and lazy people need to stop complaining about it's position. My s8+ and note 8 are just as smooth as my X. Speaker is fine, I don't think anyone is trying to run a dance hall off their phones. Faster updates, yes please. Headphone jack doesn't matter. Everything else is a wash... Most important feature, bring in a 4500mAh battery and we'll all sing praises to Samsung!

109. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"my X" Why spend 1k€ on a phone you don't like?!

53. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Iphone X will be perfect if it has... 1. Sd card slot 2. Headphone jack 3. Dual Sim 4. Normal File Manager 5. Fingerprint... doesn't matter where you put...at least...have one..... ... ... too many

118. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Bring back the REMOVABLE BATTERY

3. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Synaptics Clear ID 90% screen:body Bigger battery All of the above

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Even the wallpapers.. I cant believe. Should ask for decent front camera, QC 4.0 and regular virtual buttons. The current are ugly.

52. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

They can't give QC 4.0 as they already have Fast Adaptive Charging tech.

95. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Which is similar to QC 2.0

116. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Actually it's Samsung, they usually come up with their own version of every other thing.

5. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Samsung should release an official stock Image for anyone interested in their hardware but cannot stand their software. They should create a desktop app that takes care of the entire process and lets you jump between the official roms while keeping the warranty. That would be incredible. They have the hardware nailed, but the software is the worst part of the entire package.

7. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They did sell their flagships running on stock Android before, and people still went with the ones offering the full Samsung experience. People want features on their phones, thus why everyone has been caught copying features that Samsung offered for years and were always called gimmicky.

27. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

If you mean the google play edition phones, the main problem with them was they weren't treated as first class citizens and not to mention you could only get them from the online play store and only in the US. The program was probably killed by the likes of HTC and Samsung because they didn't want stock Android to take off. Also what I meant in my wish comment was for Samsung to sell the phones as normal with their experience but provide a way to get an official stock rom. So anyone who wants to stay on the samsung experience can just live like normal, however someone like me who wants the hardware but cannot stand the software, they provide an official utility. Honestly with the power and resources Samsung have it shouldn't be hard for them to create such a feature. It's similar to what Sony used to do with their beta concept program, you had to sign up and they officially installed a close to stock experience. There are benefits in doing such for the OEM itself, they could judge the performance of their Ui vs stock on their own hardware and see exactly how much more optimization they require. Also along with Project Treble, I really hope google allows kernels and drivers to be side loaded or installed via the play store officially. Imagine if you had a separate 'system' section in the play store where the OEM's could update system camera, screen, stylus, etc kernels and drivers. Just like google redesigned the Android core to support project Treble, I really hope they introduce such a thing. How awesome would Android be then. Imagine installing a custom rom on a OEM device, then downloading official OEM drivers from the play store to support all the addition hardware your specific phone has to offer. That would be a dream man.

29. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I get what you mean, but again, Samsung and all other OEMs know that the average consumer want features, and that stock android is boring for them. That's why they add those features you want stripped, and modify the look of the UI. Even when Nexus phones where sold in the US for half the price of Android flagships, it never sold more than any Samsung, HTC, and LG flagships. OEMs doesn't mind the risk of losing the few portion of costumers that want stock Android, and keep their main base happy. Same goes with Samsung and their curved screen, they know some still want flat screens, but they saw how the S7 Edge outsold it's smaller sibling even when it was more expensive. Some might want curved screens gone, but the vast majority likes it.

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