The South Korean tech giant Samsung has purportedly forged an exclusive contract deal with American semiconductor company Qualcomm to be the first original equipment manufacturer to ship the latter’s latest and greatest system-on-chip (SoC) processor.
This is not the very first time that Samsung and Qualcomm partnered with this type of exclusivity contract deal. Samsung is the new best friend of Qualcomm since the latter has a long-time court battle with Apple about the royalties it owed to the chip maker.
Back in 2016, the Samsung Galaxy S8 was the first ever handset phone to ship with the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip.
WIth that said, the between the aforementioned companies’ exclusive deal resulted in the LG G6 shipping with an aging Snapdragon 821 SoC. The G6 was launched a month later after the Galaxy S8 is released.
Other OEMs pushed-back the unveiling of their smartphones to make sure they could get an enough supply of Snapdragon 835 chipsets.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 – the successor to the 835 — will power the Samsung Galaxy S9 series.
According to the latest details on the rumor mill about the new Snapdragon 845, the component could be as much as 30 percent more energy-efficient than the current generation. That said, it that energy-efficiency cores on the Snapdragon 845 should make a massive impact when it comes to battery life.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are slated to be launch in February or March next year at the 2018 Mobile Word Congress (MWC), according to a report regarding the impending flagship smartphone from the South Korean electronics company.
Samsung is widely anticipated to target MWC in Barcelona to officially make Galaxy S9 public.
Samsung pushed-back the unveiling of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus earlier this year, missing its conventional MWC release date, because of indefinite delays sourced by the exploding battery problems that hit the Galaxy Note 7.
For the last three annual cycles of Galaxy S series prior to the current iteration, the South Korean tech giant has been using the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference Mobile World Congress to launch the latest generation of its flagship smartphones. GSMA’s 2018 MWC runs from February 26th to March 1st next year in Barcelona, Spain.
Like like in the previous releases, Samsung will launch two distinctive models of its forthcoming Galaxy S — SM-G960 and SM-G965 for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, respectively.
Both devices are claimed to feature a dual-curved infinity display, much like the current iterations.
Moreover, the Korean technology firm is also believed to finally equip the dual-lens camera on the rear of the Galaxy S9 it debuted with the Note 8 earlier this year. The Galaxy Note 8’s dual camera on the back panel has a wide angle sensor and a telephoto lens to produce 2x optical zoom on photos. Both back shooters boast optical image stabilization (OIS).
Other notable features coming to the Galaxy S9 is Live Focus, Samsung uses the dual-cameras to seamlessly make a DSLR-style bokeh effect behind the subject of the picture. The Live Focus feature enables user to take bokeh shots for the subject to stand out.
And unlike the Portrait Mode on the iPhone X as well as iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus, the South Korean lets users adjust the level of background blur effect after the photograph has been captured.
Furthermore, a Chinese source claimed Samsung will be launching its in-house 3D Facial recognition on the Galaxy S9. Samsung is tipped to reverse engineer the iPhone X’s Face ID that’s enabled by TrueDepth camera system.
The under-display fingerprint scanner will not be coming to Samsung until the second half of 2018 according to a report. Meaning, the Galaxy S9 will not be equipped with such new technology and is said to be feature on the upcoming Galaxy Note 9. Any thoughts? Let us know about your opinion on the comments section below. We will keep you updated on the fresh and latest new update about this story.