After a rough 2016 with the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung had a successful run in 2017 with the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and the Galaxy Note 8 among other smartphones. Now, over the past few weeks, we have been hearing rumors about the upcoming flagship smartphones – the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. While some rumors pointed at CES 2018 unveiling in Las Vegas, a new report hints at MWC 2018 unveiling February in Barcelona.
As usual, we have come across a number of leaks giving us a fair idea on what to expect from Samsung’s new flagship smartphones. Both smartphones were expected to come with even thinner bezels along the top and bottom compared to the Galaxy S8-duo. However, looking at the latest renders from serial leakster @onleaks, the Galaxy S9-duo are not likely to come with radical design changes.
Based on the leaked render, the front panel of the alleged Galaxy S9 shows thick bezels, just like the Galaxy S8. Also, fingerprint scanner placement on the Galaxy S8 was heavily criticized as one would accidentally touch the camera lens, causing smudging. With the Galaxy S9, the fingerprint sensor seems to be vertically placed, just below the camera sensor. This also means that the smartphones won’t see the much-rumored under display fingerprint sensor.
Lastly, with most smartphones now featuring dual-cameras at the back, the Galaxy S9 was also expected to feature the same. However, if the leaked render is to be believed, Galaxy S9 is not likely to get dual cameras, instead it would be a part of the elder sibling, the Galaxy S9+.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ specifications and features
From what we know so far, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ could sport 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch edge-to-edge Super AMOLED “Infinity Display” respectively. Under the hood, both smartphones are likely to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. However, India and other Asian markets could get Exynos 9810 SoC powered devices.
Rumors also hint that while the Galaxy S9 could feature 4GB of RAM, the Galaxy S9+ could include 6GB of RAM. Also, both smartphones are likely to retain water and dust resistance capabilities, 3.5mm audio jack, and wireless charging features. On the software front, the smartphones are likely to run Android 8.0 Oreo wrapped under Samsung’s custom UI. While price and availability details are scarce at the moment, but more information is expected as the launch draws closer.