Although Samsung fans only have to wait for another month before they get their first official glimpse of the new Galaxy S9 and S9+, the specs of the handset appear to have leaked online in an unusual way – a picture of the phone’s packaging.
The ‘iPhone X killers’ will make their debut at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), the company revealed earlier this week.
The packaging, which was posted to Reddit, reveals the full specifications of the S9, the smaller of the two, which will have a 5.8inch screen.
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If real, the box shows shows the handset will have a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display, with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and 12 megapixel rear camera.
HAVE SAMSUNG’S S9 SPECS BEEN LEAKED?
According to a picture claiming to be the S9’s packaging posted to reddit, it will feature:
5.8-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display
8-megapixel front-facing camera,
IP68 water and dust resistant rating
64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM
Wireless charging support
Earphones ‘tuned by AKG.’
Industry insiders had predicted that Samsung’s next flagship phone would be teased at the CES tech conference being held in Las Vegas this week, but that wasn’t to be.
The box shows the handset will have a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display, with an8-megapixel front-facing camera and 12 megapixel rear camera.
The box also mentions a ‘super slow-mo’ feature, and the handset has been rumoured to be able to shoot slow-motion video at 1,000 fps.
Samsung has yet to confirm how much its top end gadget will go on sale for, but one expert predicts it could set you back £140 ($190) more than the Galaxy S8.
The announcement was made by DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile business, during a press briefing at CES yesterday.
Details of the retail price and date are also expected to be revealed at MWC.
Last year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 at an Unpacked Event held in March in New York.
It then starting selling the device in April.
The unveiling of the Galaxy S9 will come a month earlier, suggesting sales could begin in March.
The mobile chief also used CES to confirm that the second edition of the Seoul firm’s smart assistant, Bixby 2.0, will be launched in 2018.
All Samsung devices will support Bixby by 2020, he added.
During his speech Mr Koh, Samsung’s mobile president, said: ‘Many companies have AI competence, but not many have hardware competence.
‘We started a little later [than others] but we are confident in offering the best experience for consumers.’
Samsung fans will have to wait for another month before they get their first glimpse of the Galaxy S9 and S9+. The ‘iPhone X killers’ will make their debut at the Mobile World Congress. Pictured are leaked images claiming to show what the back of the phones could look like
Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the smartphone industry.
It is organised by the GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies
It is held in the Mobile World Capital, Barcelona, this year between February 26 and March 1.
Samsung normally previews its big ticket products a couple of days before the show officially begins.
The announcement was made by DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile business, during a press briefing at CES yesterday (stock image)
That would place the likely official launch date on Sunday, February 25.
Speaking to The Sun, Kantar WorldPanel ComTech’s Dominic Sunnebo said he predicts a ‘launch price of around £829.’
That would be a jump in price of £140 over last years S8, which cost £689.
A ‘leaked’ photo last week revealed what could be the first official ‘hands on’ look at Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets.
Posted on Weibo, these images look like official Galaxy S9 press renders. They appear to confirm previous rumours about the largely unchanged handset.
However, the designs show a pretty much unaltered design – except for a new rear mounted fingerprint sensor.
The image was shared to Chinese social network Weibo and spotted by androidandme.com – although it warns ‘it looks genuine enough, but you should take it with a grain of salt for now.’
The image does appear confirm previous rumours about the largely unchanged handset.
It shows that the Galaxy S9, which is on the left, will have only one camera on the back of the phone while the Galaxy S9+ will boast a dual rear camera.
Previous images posted on Weibo, the look like official Galaxy S9 press renders – although Samsung has not commented on their validity.
If the photos are to be believed, the upcoming device will have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner just beneath the dual lens camera, correcting an issue in the current line-up that has frustrated many users.
These renders also suggest that the Galaxy S9 will keep in place the 3.5mm headphone jack
While the photo posted to Slashleaks doesn’t reveal much about the front of the device, there could be some important changes in the…