All eyes are on Samsung as the new year approaches. With Google’s Pixel 2 and Apple’s iPhone X already announced and available worldwide, the mobile industry now waits for the South Korean company to reveal its 2018 flagship.
Information regarding the Galaxy S9 has already emerged in small pieces, but a massive wave of leaks is still coming. And that wave seems like it’ll reach very soon, according to one reliable source. Samsung didn’t do well hiding last year’s flagship and the same is expected over the next few months. Before we see leaked images of the phone, we need to understand what we’re keeping an eye out for.
Today we’re getting to know the Galaxy S9 by its codename. Evan Blass, the mobile industry insider at VentureBeat, revealed the phone’s internal moniker as well as model number numbers.
Keeping the theme going, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is known as Project Star within the company. Those working on the high-end phone set to launch around March are planning two models. Samsung will, to no one’s surprise, release a Galaxy S9+ alongside the Galaxy S9. They’ll have the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED displays as their predecessors, but the company intends to create differentiation between the two new phones. It won’t be like past releases where the models were separated only by size.
The Galaxy S9+ is said to have 6GB of RAM, not 4GB like its sibling, and a second rear-facing camera similar to the Galaxy Note 8. Both will have 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack. AKG Acoustics, a subsidiary of Samsung, will provide stereo speakers as well.
Blass also shared the model numbers for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The smaller phone is SM-G960 while the larger phone is SM-G965. In the months ahead, we’ll be looking for those model numbers to know whether or not certifications and benchmarks belong to either product.
There’s no doubt the phones will offer top-notch hardware and software, but the mobile industry insider warns it’s more of a “tock” year for Samsung. That hints the Galaxy S9 won’t be too much of a departure from the Galaxy S8 released in 2017. The 2018 and 2017 hardware could resemble each other greatly. The DeX docking station that debuted, meanwhile, will be upgraded to allow your phone to double as a touchpad or virtual keyboard while connected to an external monitor.
Interestingly, Blass points out that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will “make their first public appearance” at CES 2018 in January. Just how much Samsung will say about its 2018 flagship then is unclear, though. The release date is still expected to scheduled for a time in the spring.