The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are possibly making their first public appearance in January at CES [Consumer Electronics Show] 2018 in Las Vegas.
It has been claimed that they will make a cameo alongside the foldable Galaxy X. But the official announcement is still believed to be in March, about the same time as last year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ unveiling.
That’s well and good, especially if you’re planning to upgrade to a flagship smartphone sometime soon and none among the current elite strikes your fancy. But here’s the not-so-good news: A source briefed on the company’s plans has told Evan Blass (better known in the tech community as @evleaks) of tech site VentureBeat that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will not be much different from their predecessors.
In fact, they’re supposed to be nearly identical in design, which is to say that the S9 and S9+ will likely feature tall and curved AMOLED displays coming in at 5.8 and 6.2 inches, respectively. Neither are expected to have fingerprint recognition embedded into the screen, though the headphone jack might remain intact for another year.
Samsung may also include the Galaxy Note 8‘s dual-camera system and face-unlock feature in the production models, as well as stereo speakers from audio brand AKG, which the Korean outfit acquired as part of its $8-billion acquisition of Harman in 2016.
We wouldn’t be surprised to hear about a neural engine integrated into the hardware, either. You know, to perform AI or artificial-intelligence tasks like image processing and speech recognition without wearing out the battery.
A new docking station that uses a compatible Samsung phone as the brains behind a desktop interface is likewise expected to be revealed next to the upcoming flagships.
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