Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9 images (red) show off an iPhone S-like upgrade, no dual stereo speakers

Samsung Galaxy S9

A recent report by Evan Blass revealed that Samsung Galaxy S9 will be teased at the CES 2018, an event that is just a little over a month away. With this in mind, lots of rumors and leaks have beginning showing up, but not everyone can be trusted.

The latest comes from someone who has a not-so-bad reputation when it comes to leaking Samsung devices, something we witnessed with early leaks of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8. Dubbed Ice Universe, the Chinese tipster has just published a series of images alleged to be of the Samsung Galaxy S9.

When Blass broke the news about the possible appearance of the Galaxy S9 at the CES 2018, one of the things he highlighted was the design language. In his words, Blass said that the S9 will be a “tick tock” upgrade over the Galaxy S8. This is an approach that Apple is known to employ with respect to the iPhone, where major design changes usually don’t affect the iPhone S variants.

In 2015, Samsung made wholesale design changes to the Galaxy S6 when compared to the previous Galaxy S5. With the 2016 Galaxy S7, there weren’t so many changes to the design, but things were upgraded from the inside. We’ve witnessed what happened this year, where the Galaxy S8 and S8+ changed the game, coming in with massive design changes when compared to their predecessors.

Now, keeping in line with the “tick tock” argument, the leaked images show off a Samsung Galaxy S9 that doesn’t stray too much from the design of the Galaxy S8. However, one noticeable change, perhaps, is the significantly reduced bezel on the bottom end of the phone, but the upper bezel remains largely untouched.

In addition to shipping with pure Android OS, another thing that made people fall in love with the Google Pixel 2 XL is the dual stereo speakers on the front panel. Many hoped that Samsung will follow suit and debut a Galaxy S9 that has this feature for enhanced audio experiences, but if these leaked images are anything to go by, there won’t be such a thing on the S9.

While the images don’t reveal the specs of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9, we do know that the phone will stick to the same 5.8-inch curved AMOLED screen with a QHD+ resolution (6.2 inches for the S9+), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor , 4GB RAM (6GB RAM on the S9+) and 64GB of expandable storage. It has also been rumored that the Galaxy S9+ will ship with a dual-lens setup, but both should be powered by Android Oreo out of the box.

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