Finally the news is official. Following Galaxy S9 display leaks, battery leaks and detailed specification leaks, Samsung has formally confirmed what are the two biggest changes to its most important smartphone of the year.
In an invite sent to myself and many other journalists, Samsung put the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus cameras front and centre by tagging the whole event: “The Camera. Reimagined”. The good news is we already know something about what this will contain, the bad news is not every Galaxy S9 model will be treated the same.
Starting with the good, Samsung will equip the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus with a primary 12 megapixel rear camera capable of shooting with an F1.5 aperture. This is the largest aperture ever used in a smartphone and gives it the potential to deliver class leading high speed (up to 120fps 4K video) and low light performance.
The downside is Samsung is not treating its new Galaxy S9 smartphones the same.
While the Galaxy S9 Plus will benefit from a dual camera (offering optical zoom functionality) the smaller Galaxy S9 will have just a single module. Given Google’s Pixel 2 currently delivers the best photos of any smartphone with a single camera, this isn’t the end of the world but it is the first time Samsung has not equipped both Galaxy phones with the same capabilities. This may drive customers to the larger and more expensive Galaxy S9 Plus.
In addition to the camera, Samsung also revealed a second major change from the Galaxy S8, its launch date.