Samsung Galaxy S9: new 3D emoji, dummy phones for sale

Dummy S9 phones appear for sale online – What are dummy phones? Basically, they are copies of the original phone that use all the materials as if it were a real version. It also weighs the same as the real thing, but of course it’s useless. Sometimes, stores put these fake smartphones on show with a printed image depicting the display. It’s exactly these that have been announced for sale, and we’re hoping nobody confuses it for the real thing.

Thanks to these dummy sales though, we can take a further look at the design of  Samsung’s new flagships and admire the gold color that you might remember from the Note 8.

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Looking at the dummy, there are no features we don’t already know about / © GooMea

Samsung’s ‘3D Emoji’ vs Apple’s Animoji

Animoji make use of the facial recognition system by mapping your facial expressions onto your chosen emoji. We first saw this in the iPhone X and now, Samsung are apparently working on their very own improved version for the S9. You can find out more about it here:

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Other manufacturers are set to follow the 3D emoji trend started by Apple / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Price and release date

According to a South Korean source who leaked information to Gizchina, the Galaxy S9 duo will be available to pre-order in South Korea from March 2 through March 8, with actual units shipping and hitting store shelves shortly after. 

The Korean won prices convert to about $889 for the base model and $925 for the Plus. Now, of course the price won’t be a straight conversion, but it looks like the trend of ever-soaring flagship prices isn’t going to stop this year. The leaked UK price is £789, suggesting it may cost up to $100 more than what we had expected.

It’s official: the device will be showcased among the next generation of Galaxy devices during Unpacked 2018, at MWC on February 25 at 6pm. Last year, Samsung postponed the presentation of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ by several weeks to refine the device, avoiding the mistakes they made in the previous model.

Is the price disappointing or do you think the pricing is reasonable for a high-end device to rival the expensive iPhone X?

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Samsung’s teaser ahead of Unpacked © Samsung

After the unveiling, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is expected to go on sale in March. The device is being developed under the internal codename “Star” and it will likely cost at least $720, which was the starting price of the S8.

Samsung appears supremely confident about the Galaxy S9, compared to the more cautious release of the Galaxy S8 last year. We hope this means a swift release in global markets following the unveiling of the phone at the Unpacked event at MWC 2018.

Design and renders

The launch of the S9 is less than one month away, and we already know so much about Samsung’s upcoming device. This week, the available colors were leaked by Evan Blass, suggesting that Samsung is likely bringing back the popular Coral Blue version that the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S7 were available in:

Other colors include the usual neutral Midnight Black and Titanium gray, but what’s new is the Lilac Purple, shown in renders that were also posted by Evan Blass. Last week, we were given a little clue in the form of a video showing the cases that could be available for the S9, with the Lilac Purple version included.

Will this color be a new trend among smartphones?

Evan Blass, the notorious VentureBeat leaker, revealed what appears to be a press render of the front sides of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. According to the leak, not much has changed on the outside since the major design overhaul of last year, but that doesn’t hold true for the inside. According to the report, the S9+ will have more memory than its smaller counterpart, with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage, compared to 4 GB and 64 GB.

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Here they are: The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ / © Evan Blass

And to settle the rumors that Samsung may be flattening the signature curves, Evan Blass also posted a second image, showing a close up of the curved screen:

As well as this, a leaked image of a DeX pad possibly developed from last year’s S8 version, appears to show the inclusion of a headphone jack for the S9: wonderful news for those of you who were wondering whether or not this will be removed, following the trend of other devices such as the Huawei Mate 10 pro.

Both the S9 and S9+ will be packing the Snapdragon 845 (US model) and Exynos 9810 (elsewhere), which have the processing power to handle four (or more, in the case of the Snapdragon) image sensors, so it’s possible that the six holes at the top of the devices pictured could secretly be home to dual selfie cameras. However, the report from Evan Blass says there will only be a standard 8 MP front camera, so don’t get your hopes up too much.

According to VentureBeat, both devices will have variable aperture on their 12 MP, main rear cameras (f/2.4 to f/1.5), and motion-detection triggered slow motion video capture. The Galaxy S9+ will have an additional 12 MP rear camera. The fingerprint scanner will be vertically aligned this time, just under the camera instead of beside it, and there will be stereo speakers on the bottom. Like it or not, the Bixby button is here to stay. Finally, the date March 16 appears in the image: a hint that the device will be available starting on that Friday.

Reputable leaker Steve H (@OnLeaks) stoked up excitement by leaking not one, but two CAD based 360 degree renders showing the S9 and S9 Plus.

Feast your eyes on the videos below. First, the Galaxy S9:

And now the big brother, the S9+:

OnLeaks has an excellent track record for accuracy that has made him something of a superstar in the world of mobile tech leaks. His renderings of S8 and iPhone X earlier this year certainly proved reliable.

According to sources cited by Sammobile, Samsung will introduce the new flagship in a purple color in addition to the traditional black, gold and blue. We don’t know the official color names, but we assume that the purple version could be close to the Deep Blue version of Galaxy Note 8.

Now, a video leak from Mobile Fun gives a further hint at the new violet color. And it also looks like the S9 will feel similar to the S8 to use, as the size of the case is almost identical, which is good news if you’re a fan of the predecessor.

Located underneath the camera, there is a space for the fingerprint sensor and room enough for the dual camera feature. After Samsung teased improvements to the camera on their Unpacked 2018 invites, things are looking pretty promising.

A photo of what seems to be the retail packaging of the Samsung Galaxy S9 surfaced on Reddit. The box resembles that of the Galaxy S8, so it could well be the real deal. But it’s not just about the box, but what’s on it: it shows the technical specifications of the upcoming device.

Although it is not possible to verify the source of this leak, if you take a look at the photo below, you can see how the packaging resembles that of its predecessor.

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The box shown on Reddit looks legit. / © Reddit

As you can see, there is nothing particularly surprising revealed, being an incremental improvement over the Galaxy S8. AKG is part of the HARMAN group which Samsung bought last year. It supplied the headphones for the Galaxy S8 and continues its audio work on the successor.

While there don’t appear to be many novelties in the hardware department, Samsung could still surprise us on the software side.

Features: relocated fingerprint reader, new intelligent scan to unlock?

Intelligent scan: improved technology

Secondly, it looks like you may be using a face and iris scanner to unlock your phone. Samsung is clearly working hard to perfect this technology, that we saw in the Galaxy note series and the S8. “Intelligent Scan” will be used for unlocking apps and your phone for example, providing additional security.

The intelligent scan feature could just be the beginning of new biometric innovations from Samsung, as they attempt to steal a march on their American rivals, Apple.

Fingerprint reader location

According to our recent poll, an in-display fingerprint sensor is what users most want, and for a while, that’s what we were really hoping for. But, the rumors and leaks seem to have dashed those hopes. Although a patent filed by Samsung suggested that the next flagship will have a front-located fingerprint reader, local news reports in their home country of South Korea indicate like that manufacturer has aborted this plan in favor of a more conservative approach, keeping the fingerprint scanner on the back. A leak from Evan Blass of VentureBeat says it will remain on the back, but move below the camera instead of beside it, which could alleviate some of the problems users have with it.

Some Samsung fans may well find this quite disappointing, as user feedback about the fingerprint sensor placement on this year’s Galaxy S8 was far from overwhelmingly positive. A front-located fingerprint sensor would eliminate the finger strain that can come with using the current generation Samsungs, but such a placement would also open up Samsung to more accusations of copying their old rival, Apple. This is because they’d have to put a notch in the bottom of the display, a feature sported by the iPhone X which is dividing opinion. Still, Apple often points the way for other companies to improve on.

Samsung Galaxy S9: Possible technical specifications

Galaxy S9 Galaxy S9 Plus
Display 5.8 inches 6.2 inches
Resolution 2.960 x 1.440 (QHD+) 2.960 x 1.440 (QHD+)
Chipset Exynos 9810 / Snapdragon 845 Exynos 9810 / Snapdragon 845
Storage 64 GB, MicroSD-Slot 64 GB, MicroSD-Slot
Camera Single-Camera, 12 MP Dual-Camera, 12 Mp
Battery 3.200 mAh 3.500 mAh
Features Iris-Scanner Iris-Scanner

In the US, the S9 would likely have the next generation Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 845. In other markets, it should carry Samsung’s latest in-house chip, the Exynos 9810.

In terms of camera, the Plus version will likely have a dual camera setup compared to the single camera on its little brother. Recently a video appeared on Weibo, the Chinese social network, and shows the Galaxy S9 screen in action. It’s not much, but it’s a great sneak peak for Samsung fans who are dying to see the future flagship that draws particular attention to its new, reimagined camera. The rumors and leaked images of the packaging suggest that it will have a slow-motion feature, Full HD video recording up to 480 frames per second, and variable apertures, meaning that they will be able to switch between f /1.5 and f / 2.4.

Samsung seem to have remained on the safe side with the battery unlike Huawei with the Mate 10 Pro. Of course, it’s difficult for manufacturers to offer a large battery while maintaining sleek, elegant designs, so it’s not surprising then that the new images reveal capacities similar to that of the Galaxy S8. The images below reveal that the S9 could have a 3,000mAh, and a 3,500 mAh for the Galaxy S9+.

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3000 mAh for the S9, 3500 mAh for the S9+ / © AndroidPIT

What do you want to see in Samsung’s 2018 S series flagship? Let us know in the comments below.

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