It would appear leaking of product information is an excellent marketing tool for the social media and news sites are posting about the latest Samsung Galaxy S9 daily.
Less then a week out from the official announcement at MWC 2018, there has been a Reddit user that has posted a hands-on review of a pre-production model, and today we have more information on the camera.
A couple of days ago a user posted an AMA on Reddit saying he had a 20 min hands-on with the device. The user has since deleted his account but the Internet never forgets, and many news outlets picked up the information he posted before he deleted.
First and foremost, the Reddit user reaffirms that visually, the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are nearly identical to the flagship phones they replace. The only visual difference is that the fingerprint sensor has notably been centred and moved beneath the camera lens.
The user confirmed a recent rumour that the Galaxy S9 has stereo speakers, one in the earpiece and a second at the bottom of the phone, just like Apple’s recent iPhones. He says the sound is a “major improvement” compared to Samsung’s current Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Redditor also had good things to say about the Galaxy S9 camera, which offers dramatically improved photo quality as well as 4K video support at higher frame rates. He did note that 1,000 fps slow-motion is not supported, though.
The user also confirmed that Samsung would be using an Animoji style feature similar to the iPhone.
The larger (6.2-inch) S9 Plus should have dual 12-megapixel rear cams that will give it a definite hardware advantage over the 5.8-inch standard S9
The rear camera on the S9 (or main rear camera on the S9 Plus) should have the option to switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures depending on the shot you’re aiming for. You could pick f/1.5 for low light or macro shots, or change to f/2.4 when you want more of the scene in focus. The S9 Plus’ secondary rear camera would be locked at f/2.4 and would be intended more for zoomed or portrait photos.
The new phones may ship as early as the 8th of March