A while back, renowned leaker Evan Blass revealed some details about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagships and while not everything seems to be materializing as Blass said, a lot of what he revealed is finally showing up in leaked images of the phone.
According to Blass, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will adopt the tic-toc approach with respect to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. This means that there won’t be massive design changes to what we already see on the 2017 pair, but major changes will be taking place under the hood.
Since Blass’ revelation, we’ve seen a good number of leaked images of the Samsung Galaxy S9, but the latest comes from a source that has in the past nailed it with the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 as well. From the leaked image, it seems Blass, as usual, was on point. The phone has lots of design similarities with the Galaxy S8 and in fact, the only notable change is on the bottom bezel, where it has grown significantly smaller compared to its predecessor.
As for the rest of the design, it remains unchanged. This means you still get a curved AMOLED Infinity Display screen with a 5.8-inch real estate on the Galaxy S9 and 6.2-inch real estate on the Galaxy S9+. The top bezel is still home to the iris scanner, selfie camera, earpiece and a bunch of other sensors, but unfortunately, we have no idea of what the rear panel looks like.
From previous leaks, though, we’ve seen another major design change on the rear panel. Unlike this year, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 could have the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner aligned vertically just below the main camera. This is not confirmed, especially now that another separate report suggests Samsung could be the one to debut the new in-display fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S9.
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Still on the rear panel, Samsung Galaxy S9+ could also get a dual-lens camera, just like the Galaxy Note 8, however, it’s likely that the standard S9 will stick to a single-lens shooter. As for the specs under the hood, the pair will get the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor alongside 64GB of expandable storage, but the standard S9 will come with 4GB RAM compared to the massive 6GB unit that will be included in the S9+.
Of course, these two will be the first from Samsung to be powered by Android Oreo out of the box and while Blass had previously pointed out that the pair could be on show during the CES 2018, other reports have suggested otherwise. If anything, the most likely event that will host the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ is the MWC 2018, which will be held towards the end of February.