With the endless rumours of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) launching its next-gen iPhone X with never seen before features and design, a new information has surfaced and that is regarding its rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (KRX:005930). Samsung is about to launch a new smartphone that might help users who are still confused between Galaxy S9 and iPhone X.
It is called ‘SM-G8850’ and presumably, it has everything that Galaxy S9 was missing out on. It has popped up on TENAA website, Chinese Certification authority, accidentally or intentionally we don’t know yet. Last week, Nashville Chatter came across an unreleased version of Samsung smartphone which carried the model number SM-G8750 and rumour has it that Samsung may roll out a mini variant of the Galaxy S9.
Touchdown for Samsung! Yes, the South Korean giant has not launched a mini version of its flagship for the past two years. The SM-G8750 is speculated to be the Galaxy S9 Mini but the SM-G8850 is supposed to be a better version of the Galaxy S9. People were arguing that why didn’t the regular Galaxy S9 come with 6GB of RAM and dual rear camera setup. Problem solved!
The SM-G8850 will have a 12 MP dual rear camera setup (found in Galaxy S9 Plus but lacks in Galaxy S9), in a fashion similar to the iPhone X, and packed with 6 GB of RAM for China. Other specs include –
- 5.8″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display, although it has ditched the polarizing curved edges found in Galaxy S9 to match the flat panel of iPhone.
- Powered by an overclocked 2.8 GHz Exynos 9810 chipset, which makes it faster than any of Samsung’s current flagships.
- A front-facing camera is 8 MP with autofocus
- 3000 mAh Battery
- Runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo)
- To be available in Black and Blue
Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 is currently available only to pre-order buyers in South Korea. However, the new smartphone preorders didn’t match the performance of its predecessor Galaxy S8 series in the country. The first day sales of Galaxy S9 were around 70% of the Galaxy S8 series. Also, Samsung received complaints about the display of S9, which happens to be the best feature. People were getting grainy pictures on the screen and termed the problem as ‘black crush‘. Now it would be interesting to see how Samsung will achieve its target of selling 43 million units of Galaxy S9 this year, that’s 2 million higher than the Galaxy S8 series.
Samsung’s hotrod SM-G8850 matches almost all the specs of Galaxy S9 and will perhaps remove all its glitches if it had any. The Korean giant appears to be all prepped up to challenge its rivals, especially Apple whose next-gen iPhone X can be a formidable opponent.
Meanwhile, Samsung has announced a price cut on its last year’s flagship Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus on 2nd of April. Moreover, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9 will also be a device worth waiting for. Whether this SM-G8850 will prove to be a hands-down smartphone or it will just act as an inspiration for more adept Galaxy S10 (2019), is yet to be seen.
There is no information regarding the pricing and availability of the device yet, but it is currently scheduled to go on sale only in China. That’s infuriating as the rest of the world may be oblivious to the upgrade as of now. It is somewhat audacious on Samsung’s part to launch this device in China considering its record there, a region where Samsung has been less competent lately.