If you happen to made it via the vacation season with out shopping for a brand new smartphone (or getting one as a present) it’s possible you’ll be itching for an improve. And when you’re an Apple fan, go loopy—we most likely received’t see a brand new iPhone till late-2018 anyway—however when you’re an Android consumer you must wait, no less than till the Galaxy S9 arrives subsequent month.

Samsung confirmed this week that its subsequent flagship telephone might be unveiled in February. We didn’t get a precise date, however the firm often occasions the announcement to coincide with Cell World Congress, an annual expo set for February 26-March 1. So you’ll be able to count on the Galaxy S9 to debut round then.

Within the meantime, we already know an honest quantity about Samsung’s subsequent telephone because of a mixture of official bulletins and promising leaks. Right here’s a fast rundown of what to anticipate from the Galaxy S9 that will help you resolve whether or not it’s price ready for.

Acquainted

An alleged retail field for the Galaxy S9 leaked this week on Reddit, revealing a protracted record of hardware included within the new telephone. If the leak is to be believed (and it does look fairly official), the S9 received’t be an enormous improve in the case of specs. Count on the identical high-resolution 5.Eight-inch show, the identical inside storage choices (64GB), the identical reminiscence (4GB of RAM), the identical particular earbuds, and the identical water resistant construct.

The Galaxy S9 additionally helps wi-fi charging, however that’s been a standby Samsung characteristic for years. Total, it could not sound like a lot of an improve, however Samsung may nonetheless shock us in on key space: the digital camera.

New Cameras

The Galaxy S9 may add just a few new pictures options that make it a worthwhile improve. The Reddit leak mentions “tremendous slow-mo” video, and rumors has it the telephone will be capable of seize video at 1,000 frames per second. That’s a pleasant step up from the Galaxy S8, which maxed out at 240fps.

One other common rumor is that the Galaxy S9 may supply one thing known as “twin aperture.” (Aperture refers back to the measurement of the opening that mild passes via.) Providing two completely different apertures at f/1.5 and f/2.four (as listed on the leaked field) would make it potential to absorb further mild in darker settings. In higher lighting, the second aperture would supply a greater depth of subject, making it potential to maintain extra objects a wider vary of distance in focus on the similar time.

Samsung’s Reply to Apple’s Face ID?

Lastly, it appears like Samsung may provide you with a response to Apple’s face-scanning expertise. Earlier this month, the corporate revealed its newest processor chip, the Exynos 9810, which provides face detection and can seemingly energy no less than some variations of the Galaxy S9. The Exynos 9810 may doubtlessly match Face ID. It may additionally assist Samsung copy Apple’s common Animoji characteristic.

The one disadvantage is that the chip most likely received’t be utilized in U.S. variations of the Galaxy S9—Samsung sometimes opts for a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor right here as a substitute. It’s unclear if the corporate can provide you with an answer, or whether or not it will likely be compelled to ditch the characteristic solely. Which will clarify why it’s not listed on the leaked field, however “iris scanner” is.

Within the meantime, we’ll simply have to attend to search out out.

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