The media invite Samsung sent out for the Samsung Unpacked event Image: Twitter
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will be unveiled on February 25 at the Samsung Unpacked event just a day ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. The company sent out invites for the event scheduled for 12 pm ET or 10.30 pm IST. Samsung was tipped to launch the flagship device at the MWC 2018 in Barcelona, but seems like the company opted for a special event of their own for the grand unveiling and then carry forth the hype into the MWC.
The invitation graphic sent out by the South Korean tech giant contains a prominent number 9, believed to be a teaser for the impending S9 release. Samsung also reportedly sent out a short message along with the invitation which read, "If a picture is worth a thousand words, the latest member of the Galaxy family has a lot to say. On February 25, Samsung Electronics will showcase the next generation of Galaxy devices that reimagines the camera and redefines the way you share your moments." The event will be live streamed on Samsung.com.
The invite graphic makes a specific mention of a 'reimagined' camera', which seems to indicate that there'll be an added stress on upgrading the camera part of the upcoming flagship device. The indication does fall in line with the previous leaks and rumours surrounding the device.
A leaked picture of the S9 retail box revealed that the S9 will come with 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with rounded corners, 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, IP68 grade water and dust resistant body, AKG tuned stereo speakers and will come bundled with earphones tuned by the same company. The front camera will be an 8MP module with AF (autofocus).
Perhaps the most interesting revelation to come from the leak is details about the rear camera. The box print shows the S9 will have a 12MP Dual Pixel shooter with Super Speed technology, OIS (optical image stabilisation) and variable apertures (f/1.5 and f/2.4). The camera will also feature slow-mo video capabilities.
A listing of the ISOCELL Bright camera sensor- believed to be similar to the ones the S9 will be using- recently appeared on Samsung's official website and seemed to indicate the camera may be capable of shooting 480fps videos at Full HD. The feature may enable the device to shoot high-quality slow-motion videos.
The S9 Plus is expected to have similar specifications with a larger screen and additional RAM and storage. There have also been rumours about the Plus variant packing a dual-camera on the back.
The US version of the smartphone is expected to pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, while the international variant will come with the Exynos 9810 processor. Promionent tipster Evan Blass had previously stated that the device will be launched on February 26, go up for pre-orders on March 3 and start shipping from March 16.