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Samsung Will Unveil the Galaxy S9 Next Month At Mobile World Congress (theverge.com) 55

Samsung will unveil its next flagship handset, the Galaxy S9, next month at Mobile World Congress (MWC). DJ Koh, the company's smartphone chief, confirmed the launch to ZDNet at CES yesterday without offering a specific date. The Verge reports: The S9 (and, presumably, an S9 Plus) will be the successors to the S8 and S8 Plus, which launched at a Samsung event in New York last March before going on sale in April. The S8 and its bigger brother were a hit with critics, who praised the phones' gorgeous design and brilliant cameras. The phones were even good enough to make consumers forget about the disaster of the Galaxy Note 7 and its exploding batteries. Not much is known about the Galaxy S9 at this point, though we're not expecting any radical departures from the S8. A handful of leaked renders suggest it will look near-identical to its predecessor, with a slight tweak moving the rear fingerprint sensor to below the camera (rather than its current, awkward position of off to one side).
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Samsung Will Unveil the Galaxy S9 Next Month At Mobile World Congress

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  • by jfdavis668 ( 1414919 ) on Wednesday January 10, 2018 @08:09PM (#55904923)
    Who elected them? Is there an app for that?
    • Ironically since they're all carrying Samsung Galaxy phones, the members of this Congress's pants actually ARE on fire.

  • by ffkom ( 3519199 ) on Wednesday January 10, 2018 @08:10PM (#55904933)
    Samsung might build some fast chips and nifty sensors into its devices, but I have not bought one since they got...
    - too big, I want a phone, not a tablet
    - too brittle, the phone has to survice falling down, and I sure don't need a "frameless" display made for breaking
    - no more user replaceable battery - I refuse to buy any such device, and still run happily a many years old phone that now has its 3rd generation of battieries in use

    Wake me up when phone makers build something better, again.
    • by vux984 ( 928602 ) on Wednesday January 10, 2018 @08:18PM (#55904967)

      So buy a Galaxy Rugby or something.

      I mean, or don't, its not like you "should" by Samsung vs a MotoG a whatever else. But its not like they don't make a phone that meets your stated requirements.

      • by ffkom ( 3519199 )
        Thanks for this information, never heard about he "Galaxy Rugby" before. Actually looks not bad, apart from the ancient Android (does it run Lineage?). But: It does not seem to be sold anywhere in Europe. If someone knows a reseller in the EU, please tell me.
        • I replaced by S5 with a LG V20. It's actually a great phone.

        • by vux984 ( 928602 )

          ok... looks like the rugby's available are old stock, that would explain the difficulty getting it and the old android version. Guess its been a few years since I looked at them.

          Samsung's successor looks to be something like the S8 Active, which hits a lot of your specs... although the battery may not be replaceable. It is pretty waterproof though.

          I watched a video on the replacement process..
          http://www.topmobilereviews.or... [topmobilereviews.org]

          Its not bad, and I've done harder repairs. Plus where I live the little cellphone s

          • by kriston ( 7886 )

            Now that the Active line has OLED screens they're really good phones.

          • Capt obvious here: Lengthening the battery life is good but does nothing to help the problem of batteries holding less charge over time. In the end a battery replacement is still necessary if you want to use the same phone for more than 2 years.
            I personally keep my phones until they break so having user replaceable batteries is something I value a lot.
            • by vux984 ( 928602 )

              "Capt obvious here: Lengthening the battery life is good but does nothing to help the problem of batteries holding less charge over time. In the end a battery replacement is still necessary if you want to use the same phone for more than 2 years."

              That's just it, no you don't. Because my S3 barely made it through a day when it was brand new, it needed a new battery the 2nd year, before my contract with it was even over, the loss of half an hour meant I wasn't even getting through the work day, let alone havi

              • It's nice that your current phone doesn't need a battery replacement after a couple of years but I'd rather have the option because I don't know if mine will.
                Also, the battery being replaceable even by a repair shop it's not a given. Given the direction the industry is taking of making phones harder and harder to take apart I'll not be surprised if there're some in which it's impossible to replace without breaking the thing apart.
                Of course I'm not gonna but a horrible phone just because the battery is e
                • by vux984 ( 928602 )

                  "It's nice that your current phone doesn't need a battery replacement after a couple of years but I'd rather have the option because I don't know if mine will."

                  At some point though, its like insisting your car should still have a manual crank start because you don't trust the battery + starter motor.

      • I will second the Moto G.

    • by viperidaenz ( 2515578 ) on Wednesday January 10, 2018 @08:49PM (#55905101)

      Or a Galaxy Xcover 4. Removable battery, Android 7, LTE, IP68, MIL-STD-810G compliant

      Instead of whining and complaining about lack of choice when a new flagship phone is announced, perhaps you could look at the entire range. Makes you look like a retard.

      • Call nitpicker or something, but it would be nice if there was a Samsung S9 whatever that was similar to the regular Sx but had a replaceable battery.
        Maybe they think it would hurt the Galaxy S brand or confuse some people.
    • 1) I thought from browsing in stores Samsung had something about the size of the iPhone X - that to be is the best compromise, still pretty tall so you get a lot of content, but nit as wide as the widest phones. Ijn fact I though the Note was the really huge one and the S( would be the intermediate size.

      2) They don't break as easily as you think, but you can always add a case (I use the iPhone X without a case, it's fine).

      3) I don't quite get you here, just because there is no hatch does not mean you cann

    • by jemmyw ( 624065 )
      I've tried a few smartphones over the years, several android and one iphone. The samsung s7 edge I've got now has been by far the best. I've had it since June 2016, it still feels fast (unlike my other androids did) and it still retains enough battery for 1.5 days of moderate use. I've had no reason to think about flashing a custom rom due to it retaining performance and the interface being fine. Previously I had an LG G3 which had a removable battery and what shit show that thing was.
  • The upgrade hamster wheel is insane!

  • Talking about the Galaxy S7s...

    The phones were even good enough to make consumers forget about the disaster of the Galaxy Note 7 and its exploding batteries.

    Slashdot...really! You folks still had to make sure you rub it in. We moved on long ago. Why even raise this point at this time?

    Jeeez...!!

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by iggymanz ( 596061 )

      could you repeat the last two sentences, the dull roar of Galaxy 7s with unreplaced batteries exploding in the background drowned you out.

  • I hope it is a good phone otherwise I will just have to go get a new battery for my s7. My work supplied phone plan lets me trade for a new model but I like my s7 with its "obsolete" audio jack, so will need to be something good to make me swap.
    • by torkus ( 1133985 )

      Protip: Galaxy 8 series all have headphones jacks too.

      Samsung has indicated that they plan to keep the jack as well. At least they listen to customers!

  • I sincerely hope that Samsung will make this phone where you can get to the battery and remove it. My S7 is a great phone but when it locks up or has some major issue I have to wait until the battery dies on it's own which could be up to 2 days in my case. One day it locked up so bad that I could not power it off and I had just charged it. The phone was locked and I could not do anything it was frozen. I had to wait 2 days until the battery died! Stupid design not to be able to remove the battery. On top of
    • by torkus ( 1133985 )

      You're unlikely to see that. Adding a removable back (and battery) significantly increases the complexity and reduces the durability of a phone. And...the added space it takes reduces battery capacity. You can get a battery swapped for a very reasonable fee these days so there's little reason to really cry over it.

      Now, offer me a phone that's 1mm thicker and has 25% extra battery and I'd be all over it. TBH they're more likely to do that then make a removable battery.

      Besides, who carries around loose Li

  • I don't understand why people like the newer Samsung Galaxy cameras. They take mediocre pictures, then slam a ton of software post processing on them to make them look unnaturally sharp. Try taking a picture of a jar with tiny text, then try to read that text on the photo. With the S4, even though it has fewer megapixels and looks more blurry at first sight you can see the words and read the text. With the S7 and S8, it is impossible to read the text, the letters are just a sharp black mess. Also, fish-eye
    • by torkus ( 1133985 )

      Welcome to the "my phone camera is equal to a DSLR" age. It's not, by any means, true but it is still far better than not having any pictures at all (for lack of a camera).

      If you want super quality imaged, break out the photo gear. If you want idiot-proof (well, almost) images taken anywhere and everywhere you go? well...that's what you get.

  • I upgraded to an s8+ while it was all brand new. Still probably the most powerful handset on the market. It cost a cool $850 or so at the time. I was moving up from my Priv. Yet I can honestly say that I use probably less than 1% of it's feature capacity. I send text messages. I use calendar features and set alarms. I use navigation. I use it for dual factor authentication. Sometimes I ask a question. Occasionally as a hotspot. But still its primary function is as my primary but not sole dual factor enablin
  • Removable Battery, MicroSD card, and Waterproofing. If it doesn't have those, I'm not buying it. I don't want an iPhone. I'll gladly sidegrade to a chinese phone that does those at half the price if you won't give those to me.

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