Many reliable tipsters and supply chain leaks have already revealed the Galaxy S9 design. We know that the phone is going to look a lot like the Galaxy S8, except for a few minor tweaks. The upcoming flagship will only be an iterative upgrade over its predecessor that was received well by consumers. Now Samsung itself seems to have confirmed the Galaxy S9 design.
Samsung accidentally confirms the Galaxy S9 design
Samsung’s Galaxy App Store and the Google Play Store listings for the Soundcamp app show a phone that looks an awfully lot like the upcoming Galaxy S9. It corroborates with the Galaxy S9 design leaked by Steve Hemmerstoffer earlier this week. Soundcamp is an app that allows users to compose, edit, and share music by playing pre-loaded musical instruments or downloading third-party apps.
Samsung will reportedly start the Galaxy S9 trial production soon with mass production set to kick off in January 2018. The Galaxy S9 design shown in the Soundcamp screenshots is what appears to be the final design. Samsung was also testing another version with no bottom bezels. It was supposed to have a screen-to-body ratio of more than 90% compared to 84% for the Galaxy S8. However, that version failed the testing procedure.
According to the leaked screenshots, the S9’s front panel would look similar to the Galaxy S8. The top and bottom bezels would remain the same, meaning users will have a hard time distinguishing the S9 and S8 based on the front design. Thankfully, the new phone would carry a few changes on the rear panel such as a changed location of the fingerprint reader. The S9’s fingerprint scanner would sit below the camera module to make it easier for users to access the fingerprint sensor.
The Galaxy S9 design was further confirmed by an image of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus’s front panel posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. It shows the similarity between the Galaxy S9 and S8’s design. The new phone still has bezels at the top and bottom, though they are slightly slimmer than on the Galaxy S8.
Galaxy S9 to offer a 3200mAh battery
In a related report, Chinese publication QQ.com reports that the Galaxy S9 would pack a 3200mAh battery, slightly bigger than the Galaxy S8’s 3,000mAh. Samsung played it safe with the Galaxy S8 as it was extra careful with the device following the Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco. SamMobile says the upcoming flagship model will be slightly thicker than the S8, making room for a larger battery.
Little is known about the battery capacity of the larger Galaxy S9 Plus. The current Galaxy S8 Plus packs a 3,500mAh battery and offers a pretty good battery life. A bigger battery in the S9 Plus would be welcomed by Samsung fans. Even without an increase in battery size, the phone could offer a good battery life considering it would run more energy efficient processors.
Galaxy S9 back panel leaked
Dutch publication Techtastic has obtained images of the Galaxy S9’s back panel. The pictures show a cutout for a single camera and a fingerprint reader. You can also see cutouts for the heart rate sensor and LED flash next to the squarish camera module. The regular Galaxy S9 would stick to a single rear camera as Samsung would keep the dual camera setup exclusive to the larger Galaxy S9 Plus.
Galaxy S9 specs, color options, release date
The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus would run the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chips depending on the market. Both the new processors would be faster than their predecessors. The S9 is said to pack 4GB RAM, same as the Galaxy S8. But the larger S9 Plus would come with 6GB RAM, which is yet another way Samsung would differentiate it from the smaller model. Both of them are expected to have 64GB of internal storage.
Recent leaks suggest that the S9 would come in gold, black, blue, and purple colors. The purple color would be similar to the Galaxy Note 8’s Deep Blue color. SamMobile claims the device will also be available in Orchid Gray and Arctic Silver colors. We can expect the upcoming phone to run Android Oreo with Samsung’s custom interface on top of it.
The Korean company is also working to improve the Galaxy S9’s facial recognition and iris scanning technology. The new iris scanner would feature a 3-megapixel lens to recognize users more accurately. It will be safer, faster, and more reliable than ever before. The S9’s iris scanner would be able to recognize you even in poorly-lit conditions, or when you are wearing sunglasses or moving your eyeballs.
The Galaxy S9 is set to be unveiled on February 27 Korean Time in Barcelona on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), according to the Korean media. Bloomberg reports that the device would go on sale in launch markets in early March. The upcoming flagship is seen as Samsung’s response to Apple’s iPhone X.