Samsung Galaxy S9, thông tin ngày bán, giá bán và các tin đồn

Samsung Galaxy S9 release date, price, news and rumors

Cập nhật: Samsung vừa giới thiệu về các chức năng của Galaxy S9 trong một video ngắn dài 4 phút, cho chúng ta thấy được các cải tiến của chiếc điện thoại Samsung sắp ra cùng với những đánh giá về kỹ thuật (benchmark points). Ngoài ra cũng có bằng chứng cho thấy S9 sẽ có loa kép và chắc năng chụp Animoji.

Chiếc điện thoại Samsung Galaxy S9 ra lò ngày 25/02 sẽ là sự kiện công nghệ lớn nhất mở màn cho năm 2018, khi cả thế giới đang theo sát cuộc đua giữa Samsung và Apple với siêu phẩm iPhoneX vừa ra mắt vào cuối năm 2017.

Vé mời cho sư kiện ra mắt Samsung Galaxy S9 đã hết chứng tỏ sức cuốn hút của sản phẩm này, chiếc điện thoại S9 sẽ ra mắt tại MWC 2018 cuối tháng 2 này.

Theo như tin đồn, chiếc S9 sẽ không có quá nhiều đột phá về thiết kế và kỹ thuật mà chỉ được cập nhật thêm về cấu hình. Điều đó có nghĩa là chúng ta sẽ phải đợi đến năm 2019 để chào đón một sản phẩm đặc sắc và nổi bật hơn. Điều này cũng đúng với Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, vậy chúng ta hãy chờ đợi xem.

Samsung Galaxy S9 sẽ giống như thế này (ảnh bên phải) (Ảnh: Evan Blass)

Tin mới về  Samsung Galaxy S9

Chiếc Samsung Galaxy S9 đã chính thức được giới thiệu với những khả năng đặc biệt trong chiếc camera. Ngoài ra tính năng hình ảnh hoạt hoạ Animoji và loa kép cũng có thể xuất hiện trong chiếc S9 sắp ra mắt này. Không những vậy, giá bán của S9 có lẽ sẽ ở mức vừa phải, không quá cao như tin đồn trước đây.

Giá bán chiếc  Samsung Galaxy S9 sẽ là bao nhiêu?

Có thể là £639 / $725 / AU$1200 - tương tự như chiếc Galaxy S8 khi mới bán ra, tuy nhiên có nguồn tin cho rằng giá có thể lên tới £789 tại thị trường Anh, đồng nghĩa với việc giá cũng cao hơn tại các nước khác.

Ngày ra mắt chiếc Samsung Galaxy S9?

  • Galaxy S9 ra mắt ngày 25/02 (Đã xác nhận)
  • Galaxy S9 ngày cho phép đặt hàng trước: 1/03 (Tin đồn)
  • Galaxy S9 ngày bán chính thức: giữa tháng 3 (Tin đồn)

The Samsung Galaxy S9 launch date is locked down for Sunday, February 25 in Barcelona. 

We know that, because Samsung has sent us an invite to its Unpacked event on that date, teasing the number nine in the process.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 invite teases the number nine and an improved camera

This makes the Galaxy S9 launch earlier than 2017's S8 announcement, which happened after MWC, in March.

The pre-order date is rumored to be March 1, while the Samsung Galaxy S9 release date is tipped to be mid-March according to our sources close to the S9.

TechRadar's take: The Galaxy S9 launch date is now locked in, and while the pre-order and release dates aren't confirmed, the rumored timings make sense, but are certainly subject to change.

Samsung Galaxy S9 price

What we can safely predict is that the Samsung Galaxy S9 price is sure to be steep, as the Galaxy S8 launched at $720, £689, AU$1,199.

The Galaxy S9 price will, at the very least, mirror that launch price of the S8, but there's always a chance it could cost even more.

One industry insider has told TechRadar the price for the S9 will be starting at £789 in the UK. There's no word on if the price will be higher than the S8 in other markets, but it would be a bit unfair to charge more just in the UK.

TechRadar's take: We expect the Galaxy S9 to inherit the same launch price as its predecessor or it'll cost quite a bit more.

Samsung Galaxy S9 screen

Hottest leaks:

  • An in-screen scanner
  • A water-repellent coating
  • A 5.8-inch QHD+ screen

The Bell reports unnamed industry sources saying that Samsung has been hard at work on the display panels for the Galaxy S9 since late March 2017. If true, that’s apparently about six months earlier than usual.

As for the form the screen will take, it's rumored (and likely) to retain the Galaxy S8's 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

Samsung Galaxy S9 specs

Based on the rumors so far, this is what the Galaxy S9's spec sheet looks like.

Display resolution: QHD+ (1440 x 2960)
Display size: 5.8-inch
Display tech: Super AMOLED
Chipset: Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB/128GB
Rear camera: 12MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 3,000mAh
Rear fingerprint scanner
Waterproof
Wireless charging

There's also a good chance the display will be the same size as the Galaxy S8, coming in at 5.8 inches, despite some rumors to the contrary. It's also sure to be curved and continue Samsung's trend of using Super AMOLED, which delivers vibrant visuals and good contrast.

An image seemingly showing the Galaxy S9's retail box has also leaked, listing a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen.

Rumors of an in-screen fingerprint scanner abound, like the new Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor can sit below quite thick displays, but we don't anticipate this coming to the S9.

Synaptics has announced an in-screen scanner and mentioned not just OLED but also "infinity display" (which is what Samsung calls the S8's screen) and that it's being used on a phone made by a top five manufacturer - but we don't see it being Samsung.

That's backed up by one tipster who claims an in-screen scanner isn't in the cardsas does another recent report, so don't count on that feature just yet.

Aside from that, in late 2016 Samsung licensed a new glass coating technology that makes water bounce off your smartphone screen. Samsung plans to include this tech in an upcoming phone, so it may mean the Galaxy S9 is much easier to use in the rain. 

Watch the video below to see how the new glass coating technology works

 

 

 

TechRadar's take: The screen is likely to be a similar size to the S8's and will probably retain that phone's 18.5:9 aspect ratio, since that's the new popular form. Don't count on an in-screen scanner though.

Samsung Galaxy S9 design

Hottest leaks:

  • Smaller bezels
  • A repositioned fingerprint scanner

One of the most recent design leaks comes in the form of a render found on a skin-maker's site, showing both the front and the back of the Samsung Galaxy S9.

You can make out details such as a single-lens camera with a fingerprint scanner below and an almost bezel-free screen, along with 'Samsung' and 'Galaxy S9' branding on the back.

This matches other renders aside from the S9 branding on the back. Credit: dbrand

We've also seen a short video, seemingly showing the Samsung Galaxy S9 from the front and back, albeit with the screen off.

 

 

 

This all matches up with an earlier render video and rendered images supposedly showing the Samsung Galaxy S9, which show a device that looks very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8, albeit with the fingerprint scanner moved beneath the camera lens (but not in-screen as some rumors have suggested).

Trusted leaker Evleaks has previously shared renders of the phone showing off the design we've seen above, and you can see those below.

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Credit: @evleaks. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is on the left, S9 Plus on the right.

Credit: @evleaks. The Galaxy S9 Plus in Lilac Purple.

Credit: @evleaks. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is on the left, S9 Plus on the right.

Credit: @evleaks. The Galaxy S9 Plus in Lilac Purple.

The front and back both look to use curved glass, the bezels are small and there's both a 3.5mm headphone port and what's presumably a Bixby button. We've also seen another leak that suggests the phone will keep its 3.5mm headphone jack, unlike the iPhone range.

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The Galaxy S9 shown here looks a lot like the Galaxy S8. Credit: @OnLeaks

It seems Samsung is retaining the headphone port for its next flagship. Credit: @OnLeaks

The Galaxy S9 shown here looks a lot like the Galaxy S8. Credit: @OnLeaks

It seems Samsung is retaining the headphone port for its next flagship. Credit: @OnLeaks

While you can't tell from these images, the bezels might actually be smaller than on the Galaxy S8, as a source claims the S9 will have around a 90% screen-to-body ratio, up from roughly 84% on the Galaxy S8.

In fact, a leaked image complete with dimensions backs that up, as it suggests that the Galaxy S9 will be marginally shorter than the S8, but will otherwise look similar, albeit with the scanner moved beneath the camera lens, just like in the images above.

This could be what the Samsung Galaxy S9 will look like. Credit: Weibo

Elsewhere, Samsung has trademarked a new material called 'Metal 12' which is light and strong, so there's a chance this could be used in the S9, but it probably needs more development, so we doubt it.

We've also heard that the Galaxy S9 could have a modular design, with magnets on the back letting you attach hardware accessories (which could take the form of battery packs, zoom lenses or any number of other things), a bit like Motorola's Moto Mods.

Only one source has mentioned this possibility so far, so we'd take it with a huge pinch of salt as we've not seen it in any renders or pictures so dar.

And a minor design tweak could come in the form of a new color for the Galaxy S9, with the phone supposedly landing in purple. We also know the S9 Plus is set to launch in Coral Blue, so we'll probably see the same for the Galaxy S9.

Recently, we've seen yet another leak of renders claiming to show the phone, which seem believable given what we've heard this far.

TechRadar's take: We'd expect a similar design to the S8, but likely with smaller bezels and a repositioned fingerprint scanner. In other words, exactly what we're seeing in most leaked images.

Samsung Galaxy S9 camera

Hottest leaks:

  • Samsung: "The Camera. Reimagined"
  • A single-lens camera with variable aperture
  • Super slow motion video
  • Mobile HDR video recording

The Galaxy S9 camera is going to be a key feature of Samsung's phone this year, and not because of a dual-lens camera or higher megapixels.

Instead, we're expecting to see a variable aperture, super slow motion video and the possibility of the world's first phone with HDR video capture. 

The MWC 2018 launch event invite heavily teases the Samsung Galaxy S9 camera by including the words "The Camera. Reimagined." 

This could mean that the Galaxy S9 camera may beat the top-of-the-line Google Pixel 2 camera if it includes a variable aperture or becomes adds the world's first camera that can capture Mobile HDR video. 

Samsung Galaxy S9 camera rumors point to a 12MP Dual Pixel lens with optical image stabilization and a variable f/1.5-2.4 aperture. That means it would be able to switch between f/1.5 (great for low light shots) and f/2.4 (ideal when the lighting is better and you want more of the photo to be in focus).

This rumor comes from a leaked image of the Galaxy S9's box, which also lists it as being 'super speed', having an 8MP front-facing camera and supporting 'super slow-mo'.

This could be the retail box for the Samsung Galaxy S9. Credit: Reddit

That last point is something we've heard rumored before, as industry sources claim Samsung is working on a rear camera that can shoot at 1,000 frames per second, which would be better than anything on the market in a phone right now.

More recently we've heard additional details of what exactly 'super slow-mo' might mean, with sources claiming that the S9's camera will be able to tell when motion starts and automatically begin recording slow motion footage when that happens.

There would also apparently be a mode where you can record at normal speed and then tap a button to switch to slow-mo at specific points.

Samsung has also unleashed four teaser videos highlighting the S9's camera. While they don't confirm anything, the first three hint that it might have clever slow motion skills as detailed above, work well in low light and support an Animoji-like feature.

 

 

 

The fourth video shows far more, hinting at many of the same things, as well as an improved flash, live photo abilities, improved selfies - perhaps thanks to a bokeh effect or a wide-angle lens, and even social components.

We've also heard more generally that the Galaxy S9 will have an upgraded camera system. Phone screens can display HDR video, but capturing it on a phone is currently impossible. 

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 845 mobile chipset, however, is supposed to change all of that, and we expect this chip to be inside the Galaxy S9 in the US.

One thing we're pretty sure of: the cameras on the S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will be different. The sketch above echoes that sentiment, as do some case renders.

This cut-out could either house a dual-lens camera or a single-lens and scanner. Credit: Techtastic/Weibo

Either way, Samsung might offer a new way for you to unlock your phone, with leaker @UniverseIce claiming that the Galaxy S9 will have a '3D sensor front camera'.

 

They don't explain what they mean by that, but it sounds a lot like the iPhone X's Face ID system which allows you to use facial recognition to unlock the phone. And the 3D part suggests that like Apple's solution it won't be fooled by a picture.

More rumors have been found in the Note 8 Oreo source material on this - though it's unclear whether this will be for the S9 or just the S9 Plus.

We wouldn't count on this feature as the information has been limited, but we wouldn't rule it out either.

And Samsung might also borrow Apple's Animoji feature, with one report saying you'll be able to map your face onto 3D emoji.

TechRadar's take: New camera modes and features are likely and a 3D face scanner is possible, as is a variable aperture camera, but most evidence suggests the Galaxy S9 won't have a dual-lens camera.

Samsung Galaxy S9 battery

Hottest leaks:

  • A 3,000mAh battery
  • More power efficiency

The latest battery rumor comes in the form of a picture of a replacement unit on sale already for the phone, and it has a 3,000mAh capacity - the same as the Galaxy S8.

This lines up with a certificate supposedly originating from Brazil's telecom regulator Anatel, which also shows the Galaxy S9's battery as being 3,000mAh.

That's disappointing news, especially since an earlier report suggests Samsung will now use substrate-like PCB tech that will allow the Exynos chipset manufacturer to include a bigger battery without increasing the size of the processor.

However, whatever the size, efficiency improvements in the new chipsets should help the battery last longer.

Wireless charging is all but a given too, since the Galaxy S8 already sports it, and a photo supposedly showing the retail box (above) lists wireless charging.

TechRadar's take: Samsung is probably likely to be cautious about packing too big a battery into the phone given what happened with the Note 7, but a slight size increase is possible.

Samsung Galaxy S9 OS and power

Hottest leaks:

  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset
  • Just 4GB of RAM

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 845, which will likely be powering US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S9.

It's an octa-core chip with four cores running at 2.8GHz and four at 1.8GHz, with the fastest cores delivering up to 30% better performance than the fastest cores in the Snapdragon 835. AI processing and graphics performance have also been improved, while power use has been reduced.

The chipset also allows cameras to record 4K Ultra HD video at 60fps.

Outside of the US, buyers are likely to get Samsung's own Exynos 9810.

It includes an LTE modem which supports theoretical download speeds of 1.2Gbps - faster than any other phone, meaning you could potentially download an HD movie within just 10 seconds.

However, it seems unlikely that we'll get 6GB of RAM inside, which is what many smartphone brands (especially Asian ones) are doing - with Samsung apparently set to stick with the much-more-sensible 4GB spec instead.

That's a claim that's been echoed by a recent benchmark for the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, but the benchmark is questionable.

While it lists the Exynos 9810 chipset, which is likely to be used, along with Android Oreo, the actual scores achieved by the phone in the benchmark are far lower than we'd expect from a Samsung flagship, so the listing could be fake.

More recently though we've see a benchmark for the standard S9, again packing the Exynos 9810, and this has far more believable scores - along with 4GB of RAM.

We've also heard talk of 4GB of RAM yet again, with another source saying that while the S9 Plus might have 6GB, the standard S9 will have just 4GB, alongside 64GB or 128GB of storage. And that 4GB claim has also appeared on a leaked box photo, above.

TechRadar's take: As unlikely as just 4GB of RAM might seem most of the evidence seems to be pointing in that direction. What we can be more sure of is that you'll get either a Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset (depending on where you are) and that the phone will run Android Oreo.

Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy S8 below.

 

Samsung Galaxy S9 other features

Hottest leaks:

  • An improved iris scanner
  • Stereo speakers

Samsung will likely improve the iris scanner ifor the Galaxy S9, with rumorssuggesting it will be boosted to 3MP (from 2MP on the S8) and better able to recognize your eyes, even if you wear glasses or the lighting is poor. It will also apparently be faster than on the S8.

We've also heard that it could leverage 'Intelligent Scan Biometrics' to combine both iris scanning and facial recognition, along with the ability to work better in poor lighting.

A recent patent has detailed a similar system, with an iris camera that would recognize both of your eyes and part of your face.

The Galaxy S9's iris scanner could get an upgrade. Credit: LetsGoDigital/WIPO

The Samsung Galaxy S9 might also have good sound, as there are rumors of it both having AKG stereo speakers and a free set of Bluetooth AKG headphones. Both of those things have now also been listed on an image seemingly showing the phone's box.

And talk of stereo speakers has popped up again more recently, with rumors that the Galaxy S9 will have both a bottom-firing speaker and one built into the earpiece.

The Galaxy S9 has also now passed through the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and in the process we've learned that it will support all major LTE bands and that it will be manufactured in Vietnam - that latter point is interesting because the leaked box image pictured above was first shared in Vietnam, so this further suggests it might be accurate.

We've also seen a Samsung patent for a sensor which would analyze atmospheric conditions and alert you to how much pollution there was in the air.

Plus, one source has also claimed the Dex docking station we saw debut alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will get an update that will make it work more like a charging pad and allow you to type on the screen too. It means you won't need to use a keyboard and mouse when connecting your phone up to a monitor.

And there's evidence that the Galaxy S9 could have a dual-SIM slot, as there's mention of one at the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), though that model might be limited to parts of Asia.

TechRadar's take: With the exception of a pollution monitor all of these features are believable, and the iris scanner upgrades seem especially likely.

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