Working Galaxy S9 leaks out in the flesh, looking rather S8-ish
by Daniel Petrov / Feb 21, 2018, 6:35 AM
Well, well, well, this might be the first time we are seeing an actual Galaxy S9 in the flesh and in the works, albeit an engineering sample of some sort, judging from the stickers on the back and front.
We are actually not seeing anything that wasn't already revealed by the leaked official renders yesterday, and about the only features that can tell the design apart from the S8 are the horizontal fingerprint scanner below the camera lens, as well the slightly thinner bottom bezel, unless it's an optical illusion of sorts. The reason that this leak can be deemed credible is that it comes straight out of Vietnam, and the US models of the Galaxy S9 that were listed by the FCC are made in Samsung's factory there, so you might be seeing the next Verizon or T-Mobile flagship in these pics.
Also, the body is smooth, glassy, and nothing like the alleged "3D models" found in Samsung's Unpacked AR app which look suspiciously like dummy phones in various color schemes that are a dime a dozen on the Chinese web shops. What do you think, do you like what you see if this turns out to be the Galaxy S9 indeed?
- 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
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It basically an S8 with incremental improvements.
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 6:44 AM 12
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That’s all it is. I held the plus about a week ago. The Samsung rep came to my retailer and showed it off. It literally looks exactly the same. I’m sure under the hood its got a little more power though.
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 7:31 AM 3
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Car companies do a 'mid-life' refresh which usually is only changing a few cosmetic details inside and out - like brake and headlights, trims, grills, etc... And Apple of course pioneered doing this same thing with mobiles. Though disappointing to see Sammy copying the trend, at least they are doing a tad more than Apple with the exterior of the phones - like more flush edges, slightly smaller bezels ... and...ummm... putting fingerprint scanner in a place that it should have already have been :-/
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 9:56 AM 3
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"...And Apple of course pioneered doing this same thing with mobiles." No they didn't. See: Motorola V60, Palm Treo 650 vs 700, BlackBerry Curve 8300 vs 8330... Just you name a few. Damn near identical designs with minor (or major back then) upgrades. "Though disappointing to see Sammy copying the trend..." See above statement. Plus, it's not really a copying a trend, it's just an upgrade of whatever the company feels the need too be upgraded. Sometimes it's major, sometimes it's minor.
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 11:11 AM 2
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'incremental improvements' worked for Apple...
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 7:58 AM 3
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This is for those who still have the S7 edge
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 7:05 AM 4
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It'll be awesome as usual for a GS, but owning a Note 8 just leaves me with no desire to switch up. The Note 8, just crushes it big time.
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 7:12 AM 5
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Explain how the Note crushes the S8 Plus?
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 7:17 AM 5
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Crushes may be a bit strong, as the S8 Plus is outstanding, but it was just to illustrate the Note 8 being better and very satisfying to me. More RAM, S-Pen, better camera, slightly bigger screen, and more versatility due to the S-Pen features. Make no mistake though, I've owned the S8 Plus, iPhone X, and currently own the Note 8, and it's clearly the best of all 3.
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 8:21 AM 5
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It makes sense as well, the Note line targets a different audience and they expect more performance for the tasks they perform on a day to day basis. In terms of camera performance it's even, with the exception of the dual-camera setup and the extra ram is to help assist with multi-tasking. I don't think the Note line should be compared to the S series, the purpose of both devices vary, and the people who buy them are different too, it's still in a unique class until a real competitor arrives.
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 8:49 AM 2
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Hardly anyone who buys the Note uses it for multitasking, as least quite a bit of people I talked to. I work with mobile phones and whenever someone got a Note, it was just because of screen size. They never use the stylus and don’t even know it has dual rear cameras.
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 9:40 AM 1
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I use my Note phone as my daily driver. I pull out my spen whenever I have meetings in the boardroom and elsewhere so i wouldnt need to carry notebooks and pens with me. After meetings i just send email using the phone as well right away for the minutes. I guess it's just a matter of lifestyle in using the spen.
posted on Feb 21, 2018, 11:03 AM 0
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