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Samsung's Galaxy S9 Will Appear At CES In January, Says Report (venturebeat.com) 41

According to VentureBeat, Samsung is planning to show off its next-generation Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones at January's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Some of the information about the devices will be shared at CES, but Samsung is still apparently holding an official launch event in March, as it did this past year for the Galaxy S8 and S8+. From the report: Codenamed Star 1 and Star 2 -- and going by model numbers SM-G960 and SM-G965 -- the S9 and S9+ will feature the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved-edge Super AMOLED "Infinity" displays, respectively, as their predecessors. While no specific processor was mentioned, it is said to employ 10-nanometer fabrication techniques, which is highly suggestive of the upcoming Snapdragon 845 from Qualcomm (and likely a similar Exynos model for some regions). Besides a bigger screen, the S9+ will reportedly offer more RAM (6GB versus 4GB) and a second rear camera, similar to the Note8. Both models pack 64GB of internal storage, supplemented by a microSD slot, and both leave the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack intact. Regardless of rear camera configuration, both phones orient the elements on the back of the device vertically -- with the fingerprint sensor on the bottom, in acknowledgement of one of the most frequent complaints about all three of Samsung's 2017 flagship handsets. Another change that's sure to be well-received is the addition of AKG stereo speakers. Finally, Samsung plans to introduce a backward-compatible DeX docking station that situates the phones flat and utilizes the screens as either a touchpad or a virtual keyboard.
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Samsung's Galaxy S9 Will Appear At CES In January, Says Report

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  • Headphone JAck (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CohibaVancouver ( 864662 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2017 @07:16PM (#55607671)

    and both leave the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack intact

    I really hope Samsung holds onto the headphone jack long past the S9. One might consider it a small detail, but my non-fanboy Apple and Pixel users remain frustrated as heck about the removal of this feature from those platforms (fanboys of course defend the decision).

    I have two friends this month who moved from Apple to Samsung strictly because of the absence of the jack.

    • you make good points.

      but just to make clear, choice is not limited to "apple" or "samsung". together they do not make even 50 % of market.

      • Chinese firms really upped their game in the last years. Now you can get phones for <$200, that have a higher build quality, more power and all the features you want (like a bigger and removable battery, no obsession with thinness, a headphone jack, stock Android, unbrickable easily rooted bootloader, etc).
        A true "to each their own".

        It makes no sense to buy a Samsung or Apple phone, unless you absolutely need that specific set (or rather lack) of features, and are willing to pay anything to get it.

        And I

    • They moved because they lacked courage...
    • Nobody that I know cares in the least. They've always used the headphones in the box, and they continue to use the headphones in the box. I think it should be clear at this point that it's a buying decision for remarkably few people; Samsung hasn't seen a strong uptick from Apple customers, Apple hasn't seen a big drop in sales. I think if your friends jumped ship from Apple, they probably would've found an excuse to do it anyway, with or without the headphone jack pushing them.

  • my almost 4 year old Note 3 with a new Note 8 just last month. It was worth the wait (I had planned on a Note 7 but whatever).

    Looking forward to a new Note 12 in a few years time. Nice to have quality devices you don't want/need to replace every year or two.

  • Sold if I wasn't already happy as a clam with my S8+. By the time the S10+ (or whatever it's called) comes out, I'll be in position for for the S9+. Good timing on this article. I just got back from meeting with a bunch of friends, a bunch of them I had not seen in awhile. Four of them had sprung for the new iPhone. As we got to comparing, their envy ensued. Why? This is a comment, not a review. Although they were all life long iPhone owners. Two of which claimed they had never really seen an Android before
  • If they also remove the Bixby button, I might go back to Samsung. I went with an LG V30 (which I'm very happy with) primarily to avoid the extra button that only does something that I don't want (and I liked the wide-angle second camera).
  • It sounds like the S9 really doesn't bring anything new to the party compared to the S8.

  • by zixxt ( 1547061 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2017 @09:43PM (#55608327)

    What is up with huge screen sizes anymore? Before you had the galaxy S with a good size screen and left the bigger screens for the Note and Mega series. Now even the Galaxy S line is a monster to hold in hand, I guess my last Galaxy will be the S7 since its still had a sane and manageable display size.

  • When the phone is in the docking station/holder in my car, a finger print sensor on the back side is pretty much useless.
    So I'll stick with the 7 until Samsung figures out a way.

  • Very Apple move, Samsung. Guess you continue to not want my business.

    At least the headphone jack remains.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Er, the smaller S8 is curved and looks pretty much identical to the S8+. Since these will be using the same screens, I'd expect the standard S9 to be curved.

      Just a shame they're talking about only the bigger one getting the dual cameras.

  • All these minor increments of a little faster CPU/GPU, a wee bit more storage, and yet another screen that cracks by passing dust motes is pure stagnation. Samsung have had a folding screen for over 2 years; bringing this to mobile phone devices will be the biggest jump and trigger a massive wave of upgrades. It will be the biggest form-factor change since Sony's R&D came up with using icons on a screen instead of tactile buttons (which became the iPhone).

    • by ledow ( 319597 )

      The reason they don't:

      It doesn't work as well as they promise.

      Same for all the battery promises, etc. The tech "exists" but it's entirely impractical.

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