Will the price gap widen between the S9 and S9+?
Right now, the difference in cost between the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is $100: the 5.8-inch S8 is $725, while the 6.2-inch S8+ is $825. However, the only advantage the S8+ offers beyond the standard S8 is screen size. They both share the exact same camera equipment, though that seemingly won’t be the case next go-around.
We don’t know how this will play out, but it’s possible Samsung ratchets up the price of the S9+ relative to the smaller model to reflect its exclusive photographic abilities. Just as an example, Apple introduced the iPhone 7 and the dual lens iPhone 7 Plus in 2016, those two phones had a $120 price difference; that gap has since narrowed to $100 with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Google charges an extra $200 for the Pixel 2 XL compared to the Pixel 2, so such a move by Samsung would not be unprecedented.
Will the S9 have a headphone jack?
As many phone makers move away from supporting 3.5-millimeter headphone jacks, Samsung thankfully resisted this trend in 2017 with both the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8. It seems likely to do so again with this year's models.
An image of the Galaxy S9+’s USB-C flex cable board shared on SlashLeaks seemingly features a slot for the headphone jack module. The post dates back to Dec. 26 and sits with a 75 percent trust rating on SlashLeaks. It also correlates with a series of renders released a week earlier by reputable leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known as @OnLeaks.
Given that Hemmerstoffer’s renders depict a handset that looks mostly similar to the Galaxy S8, it’s not surprising that the headphone jack would stick around for at least one more year as rumor has it Samsung will recycle much of the previous phone’s design.
What will change on the design front?