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Gear Lust – The Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone

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Samsung recently announced that the Galaxy S9, its next flagship smartphone, will debut later this month at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

But aside from this, Samsung gave no other details. With no official information, we’re left to speculate. Will the device have an iris scanner or face authentication? Will it have a headphone jack?

Since the iPhone X is leading the buzz throughout the second half of 2017, Samsung should be itching to show off its response. And as we’re weeks away from MWC, expect more details to leak.

Here are some of the rumors we’re hearing about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9.

Appearance

Do a search on “galaxy s9” over at Amazon and you’ll see cases for the phone already up for sale. This means Samsung has finalized the phone’s design, so expect more leaks.

So yeah, based on the images, the S9 will likely look a lot like the Galaxy S8.

Galaxy S9 rumored specs

A Reddit user shared a photo of what might be the Galaxy S9 box, although this isn’t confirmed. Among the specs listed are the following:

  • 5.8-inch Quad-HD+ Super AMOLED screen
  • Dual rear-facing 12-megapixel cameras
  • A single-lens 8-megapixel front camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • IP68 certification (i.e. water and dust resistance)
  • Iris scanner
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • Wireless charging
  • AKG earphones

If this is the actual box, what does it tell us?

  • For starters, the Galaxy S9 won’t have two cameras on its front side. Then again, the inevitable Plus version could have this feature.
  • The Galaxy S9 might still have a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is starting to become a “rare” feature, thanks to devices like the iPhone (7 and upwards), Google Pixel 2, Essential Phone, and Moto Z forgoing it.
  • It will also have an iris scanner. Samsung, after all, has been working to improve this technology

The Snapdragon 845 processor

Samsung themselves said their next flagship devices will use the Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor (at least in Asia).

Since the Snapdragon 835 processor debuted in the Galaxy S8, it’s reasonable to presume that the Galaxy S9 will be the first to use the Snapdragon 845. What does this mean? At the very least, better battery life (more on this later).