New Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus leak shows renders of potential colors of the upcoming phones.
Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Leak: Color Variants
While we don’t know too much about the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, there has been a steady series of leaks that suggest new information about what we can expect from these upcoming handsets. While there’s no telling how reliable these leaks really are, a lot of the information has proven correct in the past. Keeping in mind that these renders could be inaccurate, it seems as if new leaks show some of the color variants we can expect from the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
The image from the latest Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus leak, included below, shows a number of different finishes, including Silver Titanium, Ocean Blue, Orchid Gray, Midnight Black, and Maple Gold. We also get a peek at the front side of both phones, with the Galaxy S9 Plus in the top row, and the Galaxy S9 on the bottom.
Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Leak: What We Know
As we had expected, judging from the success of the Galaxy S8, both phones sport extremely thin bezels. Rumors actually suggest that the phone has a screen-to-body ratio of around 90%, so the front of the phone is basically all screen. The display will be curved once again, with power and lock keys on the right side of the phone and the volume up and down keys on the left. Also on the left side is the key to rouse Bixby, Samsung’s take on the virtual assistant.
The back of the device is also curved, and the Galaxy S9 Plus features a dual-camera setup. Unfortunately, the base Galaxy S9 model only has a single camera. It’s understandable that the more premium device has more premium features, but the fact that the camera on the regular S9 is much lower quality is, of course, disappointing. For the Galaxy S9 Plus, the lenses will be vertically aligned, with a fingerprint sensor underneath the camera on both phones.
While much more convenient than the placement of the fingerprint sensor on the current generation of phones, it’s still more awkwardly placed than the traditional front scanner. As screens take up more of the phone and bezels shrink, there’s less space on the front of the device. With new technology suggesting that scanners could eventually be placed underneath the screen this could soon be a non-issue, but the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus leak suggests we’ll be stuck with the rear scanner in this upcoming generation. The company’s branding, though unobtrusive, is included on the back of both phones.
It’s expected that the Galaxy S9 will ship with a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display, with the Galaxy S9 shipping with similar technology, albeit at a larger 6.2-inch size. This means that the sizes will be nearly identical to that of the Galaxy S8 while featuring a larger screen. With how large phones are becoming, it’s good news that Samsung has managed to increase display real estate without making a phone that’s more difficult to hold. As far as power goes, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will likely have 4GB or 6GB of RAM, while both phones will feature the Snapdragon 845 chip in the US. Samsung’s proprietary Exynos flagship SoC will run the device in Europe and several other markets.
The operating system of the phone will run Android 8.0 Oreo but will include Samsung’s skin running on top. While it’s normal for a company to give their own take on the operating system, Samsung has included bloatware in the past that detracts from the stock Android experience. Let’s hope that the Galaxy S9 is as smooth and responsive as we’ve come to expect from these luxury flagships.
As mentioned above, this Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus leak is by no means confirmed information. However, if all of these colors are offered at launch, it will be the most options offered by the manufacturer for their Galaxy line to date. With more options to customize their phone and as a clear improvement over the previous iterations, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are shaping up to be worthy competitors in this new generation of high-end phones.