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Samsung Galaxy S9: what we know so far

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was one of the biggest smartphones of 2017, and now attention has turned to its successor – the S9. We’ve rounded up the latest rumours.

2018 is nearly upon us, and so begins another calendar year of smartphone predictions and launches. One of the first flagship smartphones on the list is the Samsung Galaxy S9, as well as its larger brother – the S9+.

Nothing has been confirmed but that hasn’t stopped tech enthusiasts from making predictions, and sharing rumours. Below, we’ve highlighted a few of the key ones we’ve stumbled across, as well as what we expect to see. Plus we point you to our expert reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ if you’re looking for a new smartphone now.

Mobile phone reviews[1] – find out which smartphones are at the top of our league table.

The latest Samsung Galaxy S9 rumours

Price and release date

It’s almost certain we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy S9 in the first three months of 2018. There has been some speculation that it could make an appearance in January at CES, the biggest consumer tech show, in Las Vegas – but this has largely been squashed. More likely is an unveiling at Mobile World Congress in late February/early March.

2016’s Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were announced here – though the more recent S8 didn’t make an appearance until the end of March 2017. While the launch date of the S9 and S9+ are rather up in the air at the moment, we’d be pretty surprised if we didn’t see them before April. Even though we don’t know the price of the upcoming models yet, we’re certain that they’ll be expensive.

These are Samsung’s highest-profile phones and will be packed with the latest technology, which comes at a price. This year’s S8 launched at GBP689, while the S8+ was GBP779. Expect similar prices for the new phones in 2018.

Design changes

The infinity display on the S8 went down such a treat that we’ll be eating our hats if we don’t see it on the upcoming Samsung flagships.

Many rumours also suggest that we’ll be seeing a 5.8-inch screen on the S9 – the same as the S8. It’s also likely to have the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio, which means it will be just more than twice as long as it is wide. This is to make large-screen phones easier to hold and use with one hand.

Most phones have a 16:9 aspect ratio.

A supposed leaked image of the S9 from @OnLeaks.

In September 2016, Samsung licensed optically clear superhydrophobic film technology. In terms of what this could actually mean for the S9, there are a few suggestions that water will jump off the screen’s display, making the phone much easier to use if you’re strolling in the rain. We’re looking forward to seeing whether there’s any credence to this.

In case you were worrying about Samsung following in the footsteps of a few other manufacturers and removing the headphone socket, we don’t think this will happen with the S9.

Fingerprint sensor – moved or hidden?

The placement of the fingerprint sensor on 2017’s S8 was criticised by some. It sits next to the rear camera as part of Samsung’s effort to create symmetry in the design. However, it’s not the most practical location for it, as it’s all too easy to put your fingerprints on the camera lens, which could make your photos look a little smudged.

We think Samsung will rectify this with the S9, but we’re not exactly sure how. It could retain its spot on the back of the phone, but move under the camera lens. Other rumours suggest Samsung could move the fingerprint scanner to underneath the front glass display.

This means you’d simply place your finger on the screen, and it would unlock. Certainly futuristic and innovative, but we don’t want to get your hopes up too much so take this with a pinch of salt.

Camera

In August 2017, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 8 – the first in its series to feature dual rear cameras. Both of its cameras are 12Mp, but one is a telephoto lens while the other is wide angle.

The theory is that this lets you zoom in on objects without losing clarity, and it also lets you play around with some depth-of-field effects (to blur the background, for example). We imagine we’ll see a dual rear camera set-up at least on the S9+. There’s a chance it could also feature on the smaller S9, but we’re not yet sure.

Rendered image from @Samsung_news_ suggests that the S9+ will have dual rear cameras, while the S9 will have one.

It also suggests the fingerprint sensor will be below the camera set-up on each phone.

Some sources suggest that the rear camera on the S9 will be able to shoot 1,000 frames per second. This means that motion in videos should be really smooth, and could lead to some exceptional slow-motion footage.

Samsung smartphones in the Which? test lab

Samsung Galaxy S8

As one of the most talked-about smartphones of 2017, the Samsung Galaxy S8’s specs sheet makes for an impressive read. The Android-powered mobile features a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display and comes with 4GB of Ram, a 3,000mAh battery and 64GB of internal storage.

If that doesn’t sound like much, you’ll be pleased to hear it also has a Micro-SD card slot offering expandable storage. It also has a 12Mp rear camera, and an iris scanner on the front of the mobile for quick unlocking. At around GBP670 Sim-free, the Galaxy S8 doesn’t come cheap, so is it worthy of its hefty price tag?

See how this smartphone fared in our test lab with our full Samsung Galaxy S8 review[2].

Samsung Galaxy S8+

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is larger than its sibling, featuring an attention-grabbing 6.2-inch edge-to-edge display.

At the time of writing a Sim-free model will set you back around GBP750.

That’s a big chunk of money to spend on a mobile, so read our full Samsung Galaxy S8+ review[3] to see if this gadget’s worth it.

References

  1. ^ Mobile phone reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Samsung Galaxy S8 review (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Samsung Galaxy S8+ review (www.which.co.uk)

BT notifies customers of price hikes

Update (December 6): BT is currently rolling out emails to customers notifying them of price increases. If you’re affected, note that you have a 30 day notice period from receipt of the email within which you can cancel. Read on for more information.

November 7: BT has announced that a range of price rises affecting landline, broadband and BT Sport customers will come into force on January 7 2018. In November and December, BT will be writing to its customers to inform them of the price rises, which it claims will allow it to upgrade its services and answer more of its customer service calls using staff in the UK and Ireland. The latest price increases come just nine months after the last price hikes, which happened in April this year.

They’re also the third round of price increases BT has made in 18 months. Recently, BT was forced to slash the line rental fee charged to landline-only customers, after telecoms industry regulator Ofcom intervened[1]. See how BT compares to other providers using our broadband deal reviews[2].

BT price increases

Unsurprisingly (given the recent intervention by Ofcom), BT won’t be putting up its line rental fee for broadband and pay TV customers, although it will increase the price of several of its broadband, BT Sport and landline services.

The worst-hit customers will have to pay an additional GBP36 per year. Here are the prices and how they’re changing: Broadbando BT broadband (standard broadband) will rise from GBP35.99 to GBP37.99 per month.o BT Infinity 1 (fibre) will rise from GBP42.49 to GBP44.99 per month.

BT Sporto BT Sport (for BT Broadband customers) will rise from GBP7.50 to GBP10 per month.o BT Sport (for non-BT broadband customers using Sky or TalkTalk) will rise from GBP22.99 to GBP25.99 per month(BT Sport for BT TV customers will remain at GBP3.50 per month). Calls packageso Anytime calls add-on – will rise from GBP8.99 to GBP9.50 per month.o Unlimited evening and weekend calls add-on – will rise from GBP3.80 to GBP4 per month.o Calls to UK landlines – will rise from 12p/minute to 13p/minute.o Calls to mobiles – will rise from 16p/minute to 17p/minute.o Call set-up fees – will rise from 21p to 22p. If you’re affected by any of the price rises and don’t wish to remain a customer of BT, you can choose to cancel your broadband contract penalty-free[3] – although BT Mobile and BT TV customers won’t be able to cancel those services because their prices aren’t rising.

Once you’ve received notification of the price rise affecting you, you have 30 days to let BT know you want to leave.

Time to switch?

For some customers this will be a good opportunity to explore the options available from other broadband providers. If you’re mostly concerned about price, find out the competitive prices on offer using our guides on the best broadband deals[4] and the best fibre deals[5]. But price isn’t the only thing to consider: you’ll also want to keep in mind the speed and reliability offered by other providers, as well as whether they offer decent customer and technical support.

When we surveyed over 1,700 broadband customers about which providers get the basics right, BT didn’t make the top five. Find out which of its competitors are the best broadband providers[6].

Beat the BT price rises

Another option is giving BT a call to haggle for a better price. BT essentially invites this on its website, saying that any customers who are unhappy with the price changes should get in touch.

If you give this a go, you’re likely to be offered the opportunity to sign up to a new 18-month contract with a fixed fee.

Read our tips on how to haggle for the best broadband deal[7] to make sure you get the best deal possible.

References

  1. ^ Ofcom intervened (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ broadband deal reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ cancel your broadband contract penalty-free (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ best broadband deals (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ best fibre deals (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ best broadband providers (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ how to haggle for the best broadband deal (www.which.co.uk)

BT broadband and landline prices to rise

BT has announced that a range of price rises affecting landline, broadband and BT Sport customers will come into force on January 7 2018. The telecoms giant will be writing to its customers in November and December to inform them of the price rises, which it claims will allow it to upgrade its services and answer more of its customer service calls using staff in the UK and Ireland. The latest price increases come just nine months after the last price hikes, which happened in April this year.

They’re also the third round of price increases BT has made in 18 months. Recently, BT was forced to slash the line rental fee charged to landline-only customers, after telecoms industry regulator Ofcom intervened[1]. See how BT compares to other providers using our broadband deal reviews[2].

BT price increases

Unsurprisingly (given the recent intervention by Ofcom), BT won’t be putting up its line rental fee for broadband and pay TV customers, though it will increase the price of several of its broadband, BT Sport and landline services.

The worst-hit customers will have to pay an additional ?36 per year. Here are the prices and how they’re changing: Broadbando BT broadband (standard broadband) will rise from ?35.99 to ?37.99 per montho BT Infinity 1 (fibre) will rise from ?42.99 to ?44.99 per month

BT Sporto BT Sport (for BT Broadband customers) will rise from ?7.50 to ?10 per month.o BT Sport (for non-BT broadband customers using Sky or TalkTalk) will rise from ?22.99 to ?25.99 per month(BT Sport for BT TV customers will remain at ?3.50 per month) Calls packageso Anytime calls add-on – will rise from ?8.99 to ?9.50 per montho Unlimited evening and weekend calls add on – will rise from ?3.80 to ?4 per month.o Calls to UK landlines – will rise from 12p/minute to 13p/minuteo Calls to mobiles – will rise from 16p/minute to 17p/minuteo Call setup fees – will rise from 21p to 22p If you’re affected by any of the price rises and don’t wish to remain a customer of BT, you can choose to cancel your broadband contract penalty free[3] – though BT Mobile and BT TV customers won’t be able to cancel those services because their prices aren’t rising.

Once you’ve received notification of the price rise affecting you, you have 30 days to let BT know you want to leave.

Time to switch?

For some customers this will be a good opportunity to explore the options available from other broadband providers. If you’re mostly concerned about price, find out the competitive prices on offer using our guides on the best broadband deals[4] and the best fibre deals[5]. But price isn’t the only thing to consider – you’ll also want to consider the speed and reliability offered by other providers, as well as whether they offer decent customer and technical support.

When we surveyed over 1700 broadband customers about which providers get the basics right, BT didn’t make the top five. Find out which of its competitors are the best broadband providers[6].

Beat the BT price rises

Another option is giving BT a call to haggle for a better price. BT essentially invites this on its website, saying that any customers who are unhappy with the price changes should get in touch.

If you give this a go, you’re likely to be offered the opportunity to sign up to a new 18-month contract with a fixed fee.

Read our tips on how to haggle for the best broadband deal[7] to make sure you get the best deal possible.

References

  1. ^ Ofcom intervened (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ broadband deal reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ cancel your broadband contract penalty free (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ best broadband deals (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ best fibre deals (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ best broadband providers (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ how to haggle for the best broadband deal (www.which.co.uk)

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