In a new article from ETNews in Korea, several details regarding hardware and specs for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus were recently revealed. ETNews is usually a solid source of information thanks to their access to the manufacturing pipeline. Some of the information seems to confirm previously leaked information and some of it is new as we are a bit over a month from the official announcement.
One piece of hardware in the Galaxy S9 devices that is getting a lot of attention is the rear-facing camera thanks to indications that Samsung is including a variable aperture. According to this latest report, which reiterates previously leaked information, the rear-facing camera for the Galaxy S9 phones will have an f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture. The f/1.5 stop will be the smallest for a Samsung phone yet. The variable nature of the lens will also help with achieving better photos in low light situations and then being able to transition to brighter environments for different types of photography. Overall, this should give the Samsung smartphones more flexibility somewhat in line with dedicated DSLR cameras. The new information also seems to confirm that Samsung is planning to enable a super slo-mo function for videos captured with the rear-facing camera.
On the front-side of the camera, reports are the selfie camera and iris-scanner for the Galaxy S9 will be housed in a single unit. However, the Galaxy S9 Plus may be getting separate lenses for these functions, although it is not clear why Samsung may make them different between the two devices.
A couple other technology tidbits were revealed in the latest report. For circuit boards in the Exynos powered Galaxy S9 devices, Samsung may use SLP technology (Substrate Like PCB). This means the devices could be thinner and narrower and could have more room for other internal components. It is unclear how Samsung may take advantage of that extra space.
For the display on both devices, Samsung appears to be planning to use Y-OCTA technology. This technology combines the touchscreen layer within the encapsulation layer of the OLED rather than as a separate layer on top. This same technology was used in last year’s Galaxy S8, but not the Galaxy S8 Plus. Outside of helping with optical characteristics of the display through reduction of layers, this technology can also be produced thinner than older technologies. Reports also indicate it is cheaper for Samsung to use this which would be a financial benefit.
The final tidbit has to do with screen sizes which will be 5.77-inches and 6.22-inches.