Samsung makes the Galaxy S9 name official, tips 'camera and Bixby' as defining features

Samsung makes the Galaxy S9 name official, tips 'camera and Bixby' as defining features
Samsung all but confirmed that February 25th announcement of the Galaxy S9, as it used the name in an official presser statement, and said to expect "upcoming release of the Galaxy flagship, which will launch next month." 

By launch here it most likely mean the unveiling presentation that it will hold the last Sunday of February, for which it already sent us invitations, rather than the actual release date, which all indications show will be in mid-March. The official confirmation of the Galaxy S9 naming scheme was dropped as a casual forecast for increase in Q1 sales, tucked in the beginning of its annual financial results and strategy press release, in which it boasted record 2017 profit

"In the first quarter, the company expects the mobile business to improve its earnings, led by an increase in sales of flagship products with the launch of Galaxy S9," chirps Samsung there, not even trying to hide what it has up its sleeve for us this spring season. 

In addition, it tips that the new crop of high-end handsets coming our way will have "differentiating core features and services, such as the camera and Bixby," perhaps referring to the expected new variable aperture camera kit on the S9 and S9+. These won't be the only "Camera. Reimagined" upgrades it has prepped for us, though, as a leaked Galaxy S9 box hints at Super slow-mo, while the S9+ is expected to be the first handset in the premium Galaxy S lineup with a dual camera. We can't wait.

source: Samsung

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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)

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38 Comments

1. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

dang, i thought it won't be a Galaxy, never thought of that.

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Git out with that Bixby nonsense.

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

If you haven't used it then you wouldn't know that it better than Siri and okay Google... Bixby does more than both combined

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4196; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Different use cases but I do agree, Bixby does on device much better than anyone else but if I want off device info, I don't think anyone is better than GA right now. Rumor has it that Samsung is eliminating to reactivate via Hi Bixby for any subsequent requests which will make it far more conversational.

17. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Agreed. Once Bixby becomes as vast as Google ai is with off device info which it's getting close it will game over for Siri and Google ai..

21. f4bles

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 15, 2018

Yeah Game Over for Google who is five years ahead in AI race. You really should read a bit, about their AI efforts. Also the sheer amount of data they have at their disposal to train AI and make it better is unprecedented. They have services that are used by over billion people. All that data is at the disposal for AI. They have a company that made and AI that beat the best Go players in the world. And you really think they will not use all that knowledge to make GA better. And how is Samsung supposed to beat that ?

24. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Lol... You guy's act like Samsung is some start up second rate tech company. They have billions at they're disposal and they believe in R&D. No Bixby is not where Google ai is now but I don't see what's stopping them to getting there... Especially with it's ai hard coded into the os instead of just being a cloud based system is key. I use ok Google just as much as the other person but I also keep my mind open to other things and Bixby is just as useful and also has the option of doing almost all touch base commands with voice dictation. Sometimes we get so stuck on one thing that we fail to try new things for fear trying something new...

15. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You’ve obviously never used Siri or Googles AI, otherwise you wouldn’t have made such a stupid and untrue statement.

16. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I have the note 8 and the iPhone X so I know pretty well how both perform. Google does have the better web based ai and we all know why but Samsung is closing the gap on that quickly. Bixby runs circles around Siri and Google ai.. Bixby is more than a cloud based ai it's hard-coded in the os so anything you can do touch wise you can do with your voice. Both Siri and Google ai failed at a simple touch task we do everyday. Unless you have both devices please don't argue with me on this as I have tested this thoroughly...

19. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You haven’t “tested this thoroughly” otherwise you wouldn’t have made such an untrue and stupid comment about Bixby being both better than Siri and Google AI’s. You’re just a troll, and not a very good one at that.

23. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Ha! Looks like you're trolling me. I'm sorry you can't afford multiple flagships but don't spew you're ignorance on me. You obviously haven't tested this thoroughly or you would know exactly what I'm referring to. I have no need to troll as I use multiple devices with different os's at a time so I have no time for trolling, just facts. Try again young ladd...

25. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Fine, post a video of controlling the Apple Music app on your Note 8 using Bixby. Tell Bixby to open the Apple and play a song, chose whatever song you’d like.

26. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Wouldn't want to hamper my note 8 with garbage like apple music... I don't even use it on my X... I use copy trans control center on my X because I don't like being told that I have to use a certain muisic app... Open your mind to more than just apple rules, apple-rulz...

27. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Here let me translate what you wrote; “Bixby can’t control the Apple Music App, but instead of admitting that, I’ll deflect.” Bixby can’t even reliably set location based reminders, just an FYI, something both Siri and Google take in stride. Now stop trying to be “that guy” meaning a purposely contrary idiot.

28. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

No need to deflect... Why would would I put apple music on a android device and expect the ai to perform task with it? Think before you type... That's not even a logical request lol. Like I said Bixby is still working on things but right now it already better than Siri and Google ai with all touch based functions within the os. Siri and Google ai can't even handle rudimentary task as opening and closing certain apps as well as doing specific things within the app as Bixby takes in stride. But you fail to see the bigger picture because you are focusing on one thing which is typical of apple sheep. All three ai's have their pros and cons but Bixby one up's them with it's intuitive nature of handling the os... Understood... I have no need to be "that guy" since my mind is open... Looks like you've taken that title already lol

20. rawlgnd19

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 08, 2011

Bixby is annoying. Tried to send multiple text and it kept giving me issues. I wish that bixby button could be re-configured for alexa or GA.

29. sissy246

Posts: 7110; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Bet you have never used it have you. I love using Bixby, it's always right on with what ever I use it for.

3. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Apart from the improvements in canera i dont find anything intersting in the new s9 over s8 as of now. But we never know if samsung will surprise us.

4. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

the s8 was already near perfect smartphone I think with these new improvements it would be amazing and honestly, I don't think people nowadays upgrade their smartphones every year but rather every 2 so I think this is the perfect smartphone for current s7 users and not targeted to the s8 users

7. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

the S8 will be perfect with stock android in my opinion. I hate how Samsung delivers new updates

9. Phonehex

Posts: 763; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

I always wonder why people are so desperate for updates. Samsung has most features built in irrespective of the Android Version. They send out security updates every month. So why the whole Android version update negativity ?

10. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Sadly they don't send out security patches every month.

31. sissy246

Posts: 7110; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They are doing much better , I have gotten one every month for a while now. They do run a month behind. I just got January's yesterday.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4196; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I personally couldnt care less about Android os updates as there is rarely a noticeable change. Security updates I am getting less concerned about as I have never heard of actual users of these devices being affected by any of these security issues. Just probabilities.

22. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Not the best for photos Not best for record videos Not best to listen to music Not fastest Not fast updates Not best battery life Not most resistent No phone is perfect, but s8 is miles from being.

5. gamehdi

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Imagine an s8 with vaiable camera aperture, slow motion at 480 fps and stereo speakers it's a nice upgrade IMO

11. rsiders

Posts: 1953; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I really don't like the narrow feeling of the original S8 but if the camera is the real deal and stereo speakers are included, I think I can deal with that one gripe for everything else it offers.

12. Phonehex

Posts: 763; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

S9 and the S9+ should be super refined versions of the amazing S8 and S8+.

18. tokuzumi

Posts: 1898; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Is Bixby still around? I hope they keep the option to remap the bixby button, or remove it altogether.

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