We now know that the Samsung Galaxy S9 is landing some time in February, and with the launch that close it’s no surprise that a lot of details are leaking out, most recently a photo seemingly showing the phone’s retail box.
Shared on Reddit, the box reveals a lot of the Galaxy S9’s specs, including a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen, IP68 dust and water resistance, an iris scanner, 4GB of RAM, wireless charging, an 8MP front-facing camera and 64GB of storage.
Those specs are all shared by the Samsung Galaxy S8, so they’re not particularly impressive, but are in line with various other rumors.
However, some things differ, most notably the rear camera, which, while supposedly a 12MP Dual Pixel one with optical image stabilization (again, just like the Galaxy S8), is also listed as having an aperture of f/1.5-f/2.4.
Now, that could mean a dual-lens camera, but rumors suggest only the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus will have two lenses, and there’s no specific mention of it being dual-lens here anyway, so another possible interpretation is that it’s a variable aperture camera, able to switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 as needed.
A camera for any lighting
In practice, that would likely mean f/1.5 for low-light scenes, as it makes the lens open larger to capture more light, and f/2.4 for a broader depth of field, allowing for sharper shots in good lighting.
Samsung has actually already debuted a variable aperture camera on the Chinese W2018 flip phone, so this is a distinct possibility.
The box also mentions ‘Super Slow-mo’, which could refer to the camera’s rumored ability to shoot at 1,000 frames per second.
And it mentions stereo speakers tuned by AKG, which sounds like a much-needed upgrade – Samsung’s flagships typically don’t have great sound through their single speakers, but the Galaxy S9 could have two speakers if this is accurate.
And it could also come with Bluetooth AKG-tuned earphones according to the box, which is another leak we’ve heard before.
Of course, the box itself might be a fake or a Photoshop, so we can’t count on any of this being true just yet, but if it is then the Galaxy S9 could be worth getting excited about for fans of photography and media.
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Via Phone Arena