Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ cameras and hardware get detailed ahead of unveiling

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ cameras and hardware get detailed ahead of unveiling
Even though we're more than a month away from the official unveiling of Samsung's flagships, information about the Galaxy S9 and S9+ continue to emerge and raise the hype. The latest report related to the phone comes from South Korea and contains in-depth details about the Galaxy S9 and S9+'s cameras.

As some of you probably know by now, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will have a very different camera configuration. For example, Samsung Galaxy S9 will feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS (optical image stabilization), while the Galaxy S9+ is said to come with a dual-camera setup (12MP+12MP).

The interesting thing about both cameras is that they include two aperture values that can be adjusted to allow for more or less light to go through the lens. The report claims the Galaxy S9/S9+ will feature cameras with the highest level of lens brightness: F1.5. One of the smartphones that are very close to that value, LG V30 has a camera with F1.6 aperture.

The report also confirms the Galaxy S9 will feature a variable aperture of F1.5/F2.4 and it will work similar to a DSLR camera. Users will be able to adjust the aperture before taking a picture. The technology isn't new, as Samsung included it inside one of its last year high-end smartphones, the W2018, which is exclusively available in China.


On the other hand, the Galaxy S9+ has two cameras on the back with different apertures: F1.5 and F2.4. The smartphone can take a picture using both cameras at the same time, so they're not only used for wide-angle images and zoom shooting. The camera setup users complex distance and depth recognition algorithms that aren't yet available in conventional smartphone cameras, which results in high-quality images.

As far as the secondary camera goes, both flagships come with 8-megapixel selfie snapper with autofocus and iris recognition function. It's also worth mentioning that both smartphones' cameras are expected to feature support for slow motion shooting.

In addition to the details about cameras, the report reveals the size of the phones' display, so if the information is accurate, the Galaxy S9 should boast a 5.77-inch display, whereas the Galaxy S9+ should come with a larger 6.22-inch screen. The amount of RAM that's been mentioned in previous leaks is confirmed: 4GB RAM (Samsung Galaxy S9) and 6GB RAM (Samsung Galaxy S9+). Finally, the Galaxy S9 will be powered by a 3,000 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S9+ will pack a larger 3,500 mAh battery inside.

source: ETnews (translated)

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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)
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)

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32 Comments

1. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

How would it work? A) f1.5 and f2.4 only B) f1.5, f1.6, f1.7,......, f2.4 B is a good thing, A is not.

9. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Even reading the translated source, it's not clear. They're making it sound like the S9 has a variable F1.5 thru F2.4, while the S9+ has F1.5 only for one camera and F2.4 only for the other.

11. devorama

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

Pretty sure it's only F/1.5 or F/2.4. It most likely works via swappable apertures like the other Samsung phone. This is not the ideal, but considering current smartphones only have one aperture setting, this is a significant step up. When there is ample light, the F/2.4 will allow sharper images and larger Depth of Field. The F/1.5 will be better for low light photos and shallow DoF pics.

14. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

F2.4 for daylight shots will underexpose photos. Mainly if shutter is faster than 1/300s.

20. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Or they might make it work like HDR, without the downsides of traditional HDR photos, as those have to take multiple photos one after another with difference exposure, which would be an issue in faster moving scenes, but with this, they can just use 2 cameras at once to bring the same effect.

33. vincelongman

Posts: 5717; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That won't work if the 2 cameras are different focal lengths like on the Note8

2. notfair

Posts: 753; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

i am sucker for tech, i am pretty sure i will buy 2 of them (1 for me 1 for wifey) even though I don't need a new phone, i am currently very happy with my mate 10 pro, the only downside is the missing 3.5mm headphone jack and i am an idiot for BUYING A SECOND PHONE WITHOUT ONE, the first phone was a htc u11.

3. sirohunter

Posts: 204; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Such a beautiful design. I think Im going to be switching to android eco system when this one comes around.

6. DolmioMan

Posts: 333; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

What eco system?

5. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1831; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Will be pre-ordering the S9+... Sounds like it's going to be an very nice device.

7. ArniPhone

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 19, 2018

Will this have bad dynamic range with owerblown highlights, oil painting noise supression, that make people faces look like plastic, and so low shutter speeds that movement of the subject get blurry and out of focus, as the S8?

22. duckofdeath unregistered

Applying the trademark issues of your iPhone camera to [insert hated brand here]. How original.

26. ArniPhone

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 19, 2018

HTC desire then s3, s4, s6edge and now s8. Never iphone. The camera of s8 underperforms with software. Even the pixel port APK mentioned here is better than stock. Samsung phones have a great total package, cant deny that.

27. duckofdeath unregistered

Checked the last box for "I've only ever bought the brand I'm hating".

30. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

how can one comment be this accurate?! i'm an S8 user, and THIS, give this man a medal.

13. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This would be my main reason to switch to the Galaxy S9. Could anyone glean from the source the sensor size? That's important. LG messed up by decreasing the sensor size while widening the aperture so they kind of handicapped its potential to a degree while the f/1.6 aperture on a slightly larger sensor would have been more ideal. I can't wait to see this in practice and then I'll make my mind up.

15. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

It seems to be smaller than current sensor.

25. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

And that might be the deal breaker for me u less it's proven to be that good. Phone camera sensors are already small as it is. No need to make them smaller. One thing I appreciate about Sony phones. They always have large sensors but Sony just can't get performance and processing right in mobile.

16. Einstein333

Posts: 146; Member since: May 22, 2012

The batteries are disappointing! Why can Huawei and HTC fit 4000mah batteries in their flagship devices??

18. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

This statement never stops being silly...point to any Huawei or HTc device with the same overall size and similar hardware to the galaxies. When you cant you have your answer. The capacities are disappointing nevertheless I was hoping for 3200 for the S9 and 3600 for the S9+.

21. maherk

Posts: 6922; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Because Huawei Mate 10 doesn't have an Iris scanner, wireless charging, ip67 vs ip68, MST. I am sure I forgot a few other hardware features, but all these take space, that's why they can't go with 4000mah atm.

31. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

we all know that Samsung is playing safe after the Note 7 debacle.

32. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Don't forget the 3.5mm audio jack. The jack forces you to place the battery between the ending of the jack hole and the camera lens, which decreases the effective battery capacity to be put on the phone. Personally, I'm fine with a 300 mAh or so less capacity as long as I get my headphone jack.

17. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

Will aperatures be adjusted automatically?

24. duckofdeath unregistered

Probably only between modes, but not in a "live" shot. It looks like it's two set apertures, for the extremes on what you'd take pictures off. It's a nice solution as it gives the user two different apertures with one high quality sensor instead of two separate lower quality sensors like other manufactures do it.

35. wrm2013

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I had the s2, s3,5s,htc one, bb classic, 5s, note 4 and now s7. These phones coming out are getting more expensive and the updates to them are not big enough to warrant the price. If these specs are correct ill be holding onto my s7 even longer.

36. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

4 GB of RAM in a 2018 $1000 flagship? Really Sammy? And then they'll claim that "people prefer bigger phones". BS.

38. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Pump the brakes on that price tag. Samsung just might be reasonable and still price it in the $800-850 range.

39. edduuuard

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 21, 2017

2 camera but 1 speaker Humans have 2 eyes and 2 ears Not 2 eyes and 1 ear

40. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2240; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Samsung is making a mistake by releasing only a camera improvement on this phone. It won’t sell

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