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According to Samsung’s firmware development, the Galaxy S9 is coming in two models. Of course, the two are presumably the standard Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus. ( Drew Angerer | Getty Images )
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has been confirmed to come in two models by way of the company’s progress on the line’s firmware development.
Presumably, the two variants in question will be the standard Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus.
Galaxy S9 Firmware Underway
According to SamMobile, Samsung has begun developing two firmware, one for the Galaxy S9 and the other for the Galaxy S9 Plus.
This doesn’t only confirm that two Galaxy S9 versions are coming but also the model numbers of the two, which are G960FXXU0AQI5 for the Galaxy S9 and G965FXXU0AQI5 for the “Plus” one.
Based on the info at hand, that means the Galaxy S9 will be known as SM-G960 and the Galaxy S9 Plus SM-G965, following the same coding scheme SM-G950 and SM-G955 of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus respectively.
On an interesting note, SamMobile continues to say that Samsung kicked off the Galaxy S9 firmware development by about two weeks earlier than with the Galaxy S8 back in 2016.
Galaxy S9 Rumors
Now rumors surrounding the Galaxy S9 has been quite plenty.
First off, Samsung was reportedly in talks with Qualcomm to equip the upcoming flagship with a Snapdragon 845, possibly gunning for exclusivity on the chip, similar to what it did with the Galaxy S8 and Snapdragon 835. Aside from the processor, it could also house at least 4 GB of RAM and dual cameras like the Galaxy Note 8, come with a slimmer form factor, and run on Android 8.0 Oreo from the get-go.
Next up, the Galaxy S9 is said to sport the same-sized Infinity Display as the Galaxy S8. It could be considered as the company’s way of focusing on other points for innovations rather than simply increasing the screen size, which has been a trend for smartphone makers since time immemorial.
Most notably, the Galaxy S9 is expected to boast one heck of a camera. A report claims that Samsung’s new image sensor is capable of capturing videos at 1,000 frames per second.
To put that into perspective, the recently launched iPhone X is rated at 240 frames per second. The iPhone managed to dethrone the HTC U11 from the top spot in DxOMark’s ranking, a system set out to determine which phone in the market has the best camera.
As for the potential release date, the Galaxy S9 is likely to roll out sometime in April 2018, with the unveiling in March. Put differently, it’s a bit of a stretch to think the Galaxy S9 will launch earlier than Samsung’s usual release dates for flagship phones, despite the comparatively earlier start for its firmware development.
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