Samsung is already hard at work on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus
And in other news, the sky is also blue.
Yes folks, apparently, according to news sources in Korea, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is already in development before Galaxy S8 units are even in the hands of pre-order customers.
This is not at all surprising. We’re now quite used to the standard tech development cycle, which for most companies, particularly the major ones like Samsung and Apple, requires that development of a new product begins long before its predecessor is even released. Indeed, we’ve been seeing this in the last 12 months or so on the subject of the iPhone 8 and iphone battery replacement , both being rumoured prior to the iPhone 7 launch.
The word of Samsung’s latest development cycle comes via The Bell, which cites unnamed insider industry sources who claim Samsung has been working on the new display panel for the Galaxy S9 since March. Assuming this is accurate, it means Samsung is six months ahead of the schedule it undertook for the Galaxy S8 in 2016.
The report claims that systems Samsung has put in place following the Galaxy Note 7 “explosiongate” debacle have streamlined its development process, meaning it’s been able to hurry along the development cycle a bit quicker simply due to greater efficiency.
“Since late last month, a display team for the S9 has started the development work with aims to supply samples from mid-April. About a month after the display, other key parts such as modules are expected to be developed in phases,” said one of the sources.
Any specifics divulged at this point should probably be taken with a hefty dollop of salty goodness, as we’re likely in the pre-prototyping and selection phase. Everything could change. With that said, however, the sources claim we may see two screen sizes once again at 5.2in and 6.2in; the same as the Galaxy S8 series.
Another report from mid-July, coming via The Investor’s “unnamed industry sources” reiterates the idea that the Galaxy S9 series display sizes won’t change from the Galaxy S8 series. The report alleges that Samsung Electronics has already handed orders to its subsidiary, Samsung Display, for Super AMOLED panels sized at 5.77in for a Galaxy S9, and 6.22in for a Galaxy S9+.
That said, a change in the display design was a big deal last time round, making them larger Infinity Displays and attempting (though not succeeding) to implement an in-screen fingerprint reader. We suspect Samsung will have another crack of the whip on that feature this time round.
The big question regarding these displays, however, is whether or not they will be 4K panels. Samsung’s switch from QHD to 4K for its displays has been consistently rumoured over the past 12 months, first with the Galaxy S8, and now with the Galaxy Note 8, but so far it has resisted, opting for the more power-efficient QHD resolution.
This COULD change with the Galaxy S9, though I wouldn’t bet money on it. Samsung is way out in front with respect to display technology, so it stands to reason that it will be one of the first to implement 4K panels on a meaningful scale (sorry, Sony), though the fact 4K on mobile is not yet essential is likely the main reason stopping the company from doing it.
A new report on April 24, however, adds some detail regarding processor hardware. Specifically, details are doing the rounds, originating from Aju Business Daily, that Samsung and Qualcomm are in talks regarding a Snapdragon 845 processor to power the Galaxy S9 with.
Again, this isn’t too surprising, Qualcomm had Samsung produce its Snapdragon 835 processor because Samsung has the facilities and tech to produce 10nm FinFET chips. So, it makes sense that Samsung could be producing the successor model, and that, once again, it kind of has first dibs on the chips to stuff into its then-flagship.
This CPU will appear inside a slew of Android phones during 2018, unless Samsung buys all the supply up again. The chipset will apparently debut inside the Samsung Galaxy S9 next year before other Android iphone digitizer .
Once development of the chipset has completed, either Samsung or TSMC will manufacture the chip, according to The Investor.
Nothing is really known about the new platform yet. This year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 was a seriously potent setup, though, so we don’t expect to see a huge leap forward in processing power.
Qualcomm will likely drill down on efficiencies and things like VR and AR in order to make the chipset more dynamic. Refining elements of the 835 in this new chipset will create improved battery performance, and that is always something we can get behind.
The Snapdragon 845 is expected to be a second-gen 10nm architecture with as much as 10% faster performance for 15% lower power consumption. Apple’s 2017 iPhone series will be powered by TSMC produced Apple A11 processors using this technology.
Another report via Korean source The Bell reveals that Samsung’s development of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus is fully underway, and on top of that there are codenames; Star and Star 2 respectively. The report adds that the new models will feature similar display technology to the current Galaxy S8 series, which we can take to mean a curved OLED “Infinity” display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Apparently it will not feature a folding or flexible form factor as that is still being left to the as-yet unconfirmed Galaxy X.
Further to this, Samsung has reportedly boosted component production for the project and is planning an “advanced” development schedule before going into a subsequent development stage further along in the cycle. The upshot of this, apparently, is that the Galaxy S9 could go into production inside the latter portion of 2017 with a view to launching very early in 2018.