Samsung Galaxy S9 2018 Flagship Smartphone : Specs and Features I Expect To See

Rumors and 'insider' information about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 high-end Android handset are now starting to surface online.

The follow-up to the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship release, which was formally unveiled by the Korean Giant last March 29, 2017, the SGS9 is expected to introduce a number of fresh features to this already incredible product line.

For Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge owners who skipped the SGS8 as well as Apple iPhone users who are now thinking about getting a new Galaxy as their next daily driver, here are some technical specifications and features that gadget experts and mobile technology enthusiasts - including me - are expecting to see on the Samsung Galaxy S9, which - according to some insiders - would be officially announced come January 2018:

1. Slightly Larger Infinity Display

Samsung Galaxy S8 - shown in the photo below - was the first Galaxy handset to sport a near-bezel-less 5.8-inch Quad HD SuperAMOLED Curved display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio making it taller by eliminating the space for the home button and capacitive keys below it.

Samsung Infinity Display

Given that this is type of screen has just debuted on the Galaxy S Series, I'm expecting it to be implemented in exactly the same way on the 2018 model. However, Samsung has historically increased the size of its flagship phone's display with every new release so there's a good chance that the S9's screen will measure more than 5.8

2. Dual Camera Module

Set to be released in the Philippines on September 23, 2017, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the first Android device from the Korean Giant to be equipped with a Dual Rear Camera module. The Note8 had two 12 MegaPixel cameras at the back that work together to give the handset 2X lossless zoom capability and LiveFocus which mimics shallow depth of field effect that you can get using a DSLR camera.

Considering that Samsung has just implemented or added this cool imaging feature on the far more affordable Samsung Galaxy J7+, I don't see why next year's top-of-the-line model won't have this as well.

Samsung Dual Camera
The Dual Camera Set-up of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

3. Re-positioned Fingerprint Scanner

According to insiders, although Samsung is already testing touchscreen panels with integrated Fingerprint Scanner, the technology is still too premature to be implemented on the Galaxy S9. Nonetheless, they say that the company will most likely change the location of the fingerprint scanner closer to the center of the back panel, making it easier to touch using the pointer finger when holding the handset with one hand.

4. Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor

Various tipsters have said that the 2018 Galaxy flagship will run its Grace-UI-skinned Android 8.0 Oreo operating system right out of the box with the beastly Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor or a counterpart Exynos chipset, making the Galaxy S9 the most powerful Android smartphone by the time it gets launched.

5. Similar Design Language and IP68 Water Resistance Certification

Although the rounded glass-metal-glass sandwich design identity of Galaxy S-series handsets is already starting to get old (I mean, we first saw this on the Samsung Galaxy S6 from 2015), it could very well still make it to the 2018 flagship release, completing an epic four year run. It would be interesting to see how the Korean company would jazz up the IP68 water-resistant shell to make it look a tad more unique compared to what older S-Series models had.

Same Price Tag as That of SGS8 Upon Launch - In the Philippines, the Samsung Galaxy S8 of 2017 had an official suggested retail price of Php 39,990 or $750 USD upon launch. I'm personally expecting the base model of the Galaxy S9 to go for the same amount.

There you go! These are the things I'm expecting to see on the 2018 Samsung Galaxy S9 Android smartphone. A look to forward to, right?

How about you? Which of these rumored features of the SGS9 will indeed make it to the final product? Let me know your thoughts via our comments section below.

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