Early every year, Samsung reels out their all-new flagship Galaxy S model, but before the announcement there’s always a slew of leaks and rumors. This post is about a leaked image claimed to be of the Galaxy S9 retail box.
The leak shows that the device has most specifications we’d expect. At the top of the box, we see that the device will come with a QHD+ resolution, sAMOLED panel of 5.6-inches across the diagonal. Samsung also appears to have stuck with the 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
The camera is described as a “Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.5/F2.4),” which may mean it uses a dual rear camera assembly. This specification appears to be lifted straight from the new ISOCELL Fast 2L9L sensor, incorporating Dual Pixel technology. This ISOCELL Fast 2L9L unit has a variable aperture, increasing the aperture size to f/1.5 in low light, and reducing it to f/2.4. Note the difference between the ‘proper’ way to describe aperture and how Samsung’s box describes it: the image of the box could well be a fake. Another feature is the rumored super slow-mo camera mode, and there’s also an 8MP front-facing ‘Selfie Camera.’
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is set to retain IP68 water and dust resistance and could gain the Iris Scanner from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. Unfortunately, the Galaxy S9 could keep 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (likely to result in a little over 32GB because of pre-installed software). Although no mention is made of battery, the Galaxy S9 will feature wireless charging technology. The Galaxy S9 is also likely to be powered by a choice of either the Samsung Exynos 9810 or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, depending on the market. Now we just have to keep our fingers crossed for a relocated fingerprint scanner.
A few years ago, such leaks were reasonably interesting and exciting, as the smartphone industry was still in its infancy. The 2017 Samsung Galaxy S8 devices are certainly beautiful to look at and hold, but did not push the industry to evolve and for much of the year, the Galaxy S8 was used to push an under performing digital assistant onto the market – Bixby. We will know more when Samsung makes the Galaxy S9 official alongside a possible Galaxy S9+ at MWC 2018 in February.