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Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors: ‘3D emoji’ may challenge iPhone X Animoji

It might seem like the Galaxy S8 just arrived, but we’re already looking ahead to the S9. Samsung blew us away with the Infinity Display and all-glass design of the S8. Expectations are high for S9, as the highly anticipated smartphone sets the stage for the rest of 2018 flagships to follow. Here’s everything we think we know about Samsung’s next Galaxy phone.

Update 2/13/18: We’ve added new rumors about stereo speakers, a new DeX dock, and 3D emoji, along with Snapdragon 845 speed tests. 

Galaxy S9 design

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This leaked render of the Galaxy S9 shows a similar phone to the S8… not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Samsung made a splash with the 18:9, slim-bezel design of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Rumors suggest the S9 won’t stray too far from that formula. As serial tipster Evan Blass pointed out on Twitter, this is a “tock” year for the Galaxy S, meaning it will likely focus on performance enhancements rather than physical changes. Code-named Star 1 and Star 2, according to Blass, other reports have suggested that the top and bottom bezels could be trimmed, but otherwise the front of the device will likely look very similar to the S8’s.

The rear of the device will be quite a bit different, however. The placement of the fingerprint sensor was one of the biggest pain points with the S8, and according to /Leaks, Samsung is expected to move it below the camera with the S9. There might be a new color as well: Sammobile recently reported that the new phone will come in the usual black, gold, and blue variations, with a deep-violet option replacing orchid gray.

Enthusiast site 91Mobiles published a set of factory CAD renders of the S9, and the images match up very well with the rumors we’ve seen so far. Bottom line: few visual changes, but still a beauty.

Galaxy S9 specs and OS

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The Snapdragon 845 is bound for the S9.

One thing we know for sure about the Galaxy S9 is that it will sport the Snapdragon 845 chip. Recently unveiled by Qualcomm, this is the follow-up to the Snapdragon 835 that debuted in the S8 and powered every Android flagship in 2017. Like its predecessor, the new chip was co-designed with and will be manufactured by Samsung, so there’s a good chance the S9 will once again be the exclusive launch phone. As far as performance gains go, Qualcomm recently invited media outlets to test the Snapdragon 845 chip in a controlled environment and found the chip performed about 25 percent faster than the Galaxy S8. 

Along with a speed and power efficiency boost, the 845 chip includes a dedicated AI chip, which could provide a boost to Samsung’s Bixby assistant. The chip also includes a Secure Processing Unit for biometric data and payment info, which will work in conjunction with Samsung Knox to make the S9 even more secure. 

Samsung has also announced that production has started on a 512GB storage chip, but it’s unlikely that will end up in the S9. Samsung shipped the S8 with just 64GB of storage, so it’s unlikely to jump all the way to 512GB. However, a 128GB model is a possibility.

Elsewhere, leaked renders published by China-based site Vtechgraphy.com show the buttons and ports will likely stay the same (though we’re hoping Samsung lets us change the dedicated Bixby button), including the 3.5mm headphone jack, thankfully.

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