As the holiday shopping season starts to enter its final phase, more eyes will be turning to new technology releases in the first quarter of 2018. One of the highly anticipated devices that will be the source of many leaks and rumors will be the new flagship from Samsung, the Galaxy S9 and likely partner the Galaxy S9+. We are fairly certain Samsung will give the new device a Snapdragon 845 processor. Other hardware updates are less firm, but the latest one suggests Samsung may be bumping up the battery size a bit.
A new source claims Samsung plans to deliver the “base” Galaxy S9 with a 3,200 mAh battery. That would be a small increase from the 3,000 mAh battery that the Galaxy S8 comes with. The source does not mention anything about the Galaxy S9+ but we know last year’s Galaxy S8+ got a 3,500 mAh battery. The current crop of Galaxy devices can generally make it through a day of usage. Depending on what kind of energy optimization is implemented versus the demands of newer technologies, the small increase in battery size may be just enough to maintain that performance level as it does not appear to be a big enough difference to push Samsung into the realm of a two-day expected usage.
Previously leaks have indicated the Galaxy S9 is slightly thicker than last year’s flagship model. We are not certain what may be the reason for that, but being thicker would allow Samsung to squeeze in a thicker battery.
Besides the slightly larger battery, the source for this latest rumor also says the Galaxy S9 will get support for Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Using Quick Charge 3.0 is really not that groundbreaking and just gets Samsung back on par with competitors in the market segment. That would still be a nice upgrade for the device and one consumers will benefit from.