Samsung Galaxy S9 Said to Last Longer, Despite Unchanged Battery
The smartphone industry got talking last week when a seemingly legitimate box leak surfaced on the internet of Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 smartphones, namely the S9 and S9 Plus. The leak sparked some great conversation amongst fans and critics alike about some glaringly obvious details as seen on what is assumed to be the new flagship’s official packaging.
Amongst these details, the one drawing the most public attention is that of the S9’s battery: the same battery, but with the promise of better battery life.
The new flagship smartphone is due for its official launch on February 26th, thus there was much excitement when last week’s leak surfaced of the possible package for the S9 models. With no way to truly confirm the legitimacy of the leak, it does look pretty legit.
An image of the box being held by someone wearing white gloves in a very white environment was published on Reddit by a user of the popular social sharing platform. This post sent the industry into a frenzy, going over all the details that the leak exposed.
The Same Battery
The detail that caused the biggest stir was that of the battery. Samsung has opted to keep the same size battery in their new flagship phones, as they had in its predecessor, the Galaxy S8. The new S9 and S9 Plus will feature the same 3,000 mAh and 3,500 mAh batteries respectively.
This has been confirmed by certificates that SlashLeaks have obtained. Yet, the question on everyone’s minds right now is why would they choose to keep the same battery for their new phones?
On the Contrary: Longer Battery Life
Despite the batteries being the same size as the S8 models, Samsung has claimed that the new flagship will have longer and more efficient battery life than its predecessor.
This will be due to the upgraded chipset used for the S9 models, and this is what will improve the battery life of the new handsets.
These smartphones will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 for models available in the United States. This chipset is rumoured to improve battery efficiency by up 30%, as compared to last year’s chip set- the Snapdragon 835.
In addition, the Snapdragon 845, features the Quick Charge 4+ Technology. According to Qualcomm, this technology has the ability to charge your phone from completely empty up to 50% in only 15 minutes.
In other regions, the smartphones will be powered by Samsung’s own processor- the Exynos 9810. This chip set is expected to be less power-hungry than the previous version, just like the Snapdragon processor, making for a good experience all-round.
Other features that we have seen from the box leak include a 5.8-inch Infinity Display (AMOLED) supported by a Quad-HD+ resolution, 64GB on-board storage and 4GB of RAM.
The cameras featured in this new model are also described on the box and we can expect to find the rear-facing camera to be a dual-pixel camera with the 12-megapixel sensor. Another rumour doing the rounds is that the S9’s camera will feature the variable aperture which seems to be quite true, based on Samsung’s latest launch of a pricey flip phone with variable aperture in China. The front-facing camera will be an 8-megapixel “selfie” camera.
In addition, this new flagship is rumoured to support wireless charging as well as earphones. There has been some speculation about Samsung following Apple’s lead with the face-unlocking feature, but the box leak could not confirm this. However, there is speculation of an iris scanner in the S9.
Until the Galaxy S9’s official release in February, we can only speculate on these details. After the launch, there will be concrete information to adequately analyse Samsung’s new flagship offering. Until then, we won’t know whether or not the battery performance of the new Galaxy S9 will be better that its predecessor, the Galaxy S8.