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Samsung Galaxy S9 launch is set for Sunday, February 25, at the Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event in Barcelona. The latest flagship smartphone from the South Korean consumer electronics giant has been leaked in numerous reports for the last few months, and almost everything – from its design and price to its specifications – is already known. Apart from the Galaxy S9, the larger Galaxy S9+ can be expected to launch alongside. The latter is anticipated to feature higher RAM and storage options, and also bear a dual rear camera setup instead of the former’s single rear camera setup. You can find more details on how the watch the Samsung Galaxy S9 launch live stream, including when it starts, and what you can expect from the event, below.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 launch event kicks off at 6pm CET (10:30pm IST), and will be live streamed on the company website, the Samsung Mobile Press site, the Samsung newsroom, its YouTube page, on Twitter, and its Facebook page.
Mobile users can alternatively download the Unpacked 2018 app for Android and iOS. Do also stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for our live blog coverage direct from Barcelona, and you can also follow our live updates from the event on Twitter.
As we mentioned, nearly everything about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ is already known. Let’s start with the leaked pricing, which is seen to be significantly higher than the previous generation Samsung Galaxy S8. The Samsung Galaxy S9 price is said to start will start at EUR 841 (roughly Rs. 67,200) in the EU, $850 (roughly Rs. 55,100) in the US, NOK 8,790 (roughly Rs. 72,500) in Norway, and GBP 739 (roughly Rs. 66,900) in the UK, while the Galaxy S9+ price has been rumoured to start from EUR 997 (roughly Rs. 79,600) in the EU, $950 (roughly Rs. 61,600) in the US, GBP 800 (roughly Rs. 72,400) in the UK, and NOK 9,790 (roughly Rs. 80,700) in Norway.
Getting to the Galaxy S9 design, we know through innumerable leaked images that Samsung has mostly retained the Galaxy S8’s form factor as well as the 18.5:9 aspect ratio bezel-less display choice. The fingerprint sensor reportedly continues to be on the rear panel, though it has been moved to below the camera sensor instead of alongside. The dedicated Bixby button has also been maintained, and we’ve also heard through countless reports that the Galaxy S9+ would sport the first dual rear camera setup in the Galaxy S-Series of smartphones.
As for the specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are expected to be nearly identical, though some differences do exist. The former is said to be available with 4GB RAM and two inbuilt storage variants – 64GB and 128GB. The latter is said to come with 6GB of RAM, and many storage variants – 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The former should have a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display and the latter a 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display.
We can expect Samsung to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC as the processor on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in select regions, while the Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC will probably be used in all other regions. The biggest difference between the previous generation is anticipated to be the camera technology used.
A variable aperture of f/1.5 to f/2.4 is expected on the rear cameras. New ISOCELL sensors have also been spotted that come with technologies like Tetracell and Smart WDR. Other capabilities such as Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), and Dual Pixel are also reported to arrive on the Galaxy S9 duo, apart from a Super Slo-Mo mode for videos. The Galaxy S9 is said to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and an 8-megapixel selfie camera with an integrated iris scanner.
We spoke about all the big launches expected at MWC 2018 on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.