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New Galaxy S9 Leak Suggests No Headphone Jack

It looks like the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ may go down in the history books as the next flagship smartphone to do away with the headphone jack. This is according to a new Galaxy S9 leak from TechDroider complete with mockups and images that include specs of the much-anticipated upcoming devices.

Galaxy S9 Leak
Image source: TechDroider

Final Nail In The Coffin?

With the iPhone 7 last year and the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL this year; the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack has not been doing so well. Manufacturers are opting to lose the analog headphone port and, instead, offer Bluetooth headphones for customers. When the iPhone 7 was announced without a headphone jack we also saw the announcement of the incredibly popular AirPods. This year, when Google announced there would be no headphone jack in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL we were also introduced to the the Pixel Buds.

No disrespect to AirPods and Pixel Buds; they’re really cool little sets of listening devices. However, nothing can make up for losing a feature that has been relied upon since before smartphones were even a thing. So far, this Galaxy S9 leak is not getting us excited. It’s also starting to feel like the 3.5mm headphone port is on its last legs. With Apple, Google, and Samsung now all getting rid of the headphone jack, you have to wonder how long until every manufacturer falls in line.

What Else Is In The Galaxy S9 Leak?

Okay, enough bad news. The headphone jack is dead but that’s not all we got from this leak. Check out the images below:

Galaxy S9 Leak
Image source: TechDroider
Galaxy S9 Leak
Image source: TechDroider

As you can see, there’s a lot to chew in this latest Galaxy S9 leak so let’s jump into it!

Design

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ went with a beautiful new bezel-less design that a lot of manufacturers including Google and Apple have emulated. We were wondering if Samsung would keep that same design or continue pushing forward. If this new Galaxy S9 leak is accurate then it would appear we have some small changes coming our way.

First, the bottom “chin” has been entirely removed based on these sketches. It wasn’t that big to begin with but it should make the device a little smaller in your hand. Display sizes have been retained from the Galaxy S8 and S8+ so they didn’t use any extra real estate to include larger displays.

We also see that there isn’t any “notch” like we see in the iPhone X. There were some rumors that Samsung would be using a notch-style design but this Galaxy S9 leak (if accurate) seems to refute that. Considering some people love the notch and some people hate it, Samsung’s design will probably be just as dividing as the iPhone X notch itself.

Camera

One of the big points from this Galaxy S9 leak is the camera information included. It appears that the Galaxy S9 will be moving ahead with a dual camera sensor similar to what we see on the Galaxy Note 8. This information comes shortly after Samsung’s announcement of new camera sensor technology and rumors that the Galaxy S9 will be able to shoot video up to 1000fps. If true, this means we can expect from pretty incredible photo performance from Samsung’s upcoming devices. The Galaxy Note 8 has an amazing camera packed in so we could be in for a real treat with the Galaxy S9.

Other Interesting Pieces

These images don’t make any mention of the processor or amount of RAM used in the Galaxy S9. We have heard rumors that Samsung has already bought up the first run of Snapdragon 845 processors for the Galaxy S9 which isn’t very surprising considering Samsung did the same thing earlier this year for the Galaxy S8.

Another very interesting piece from this Galaxy S9 leak suggests Samsung is working on an embedded fingerprint sensor that will be placed under the display. However, the leak also notes that this may be moved to the back side of the device if reliability cannot be improved. I guess we will have to wait and see more information regarding the fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy S9.

Your Thoughts

What do you think about this latest Galaxy S9 leak? Is the new design looking like something you would buy or were you hoping to see the notch like what we find in the iPhone X? Are any of these features a “make or break” kind of thing that would affect whether you choose to spend your money or not? Hit up the comments section below and let me know your thoughts on the latest Galaxy S9 leak and what you’re hoping to see in Samsung’s upcoming flagship device.