Noted leakster Evan Blass has done it again, this time providing us with a nice view of what he claims to be the first official pics of the Galaxy S9. And what is evident right away is its resemblance to the outgoing version, the S8.
That again is hardly surprising considering that the S8 was the first model to sport Samsung’s new Infinity Display design and it shouldn’t be expected to ditch the same so soon. So while the S9 does look familiar with the S8, there also exist some unique design cues that too are hard to miss.
Prominent among those is the absence of the curved display that made the sides to be devoid of any bezel in the S8. Instead, The S9 does mark the return of the side bezel even if it is just nominal. The same along the top and bottom are also reduced to just the bare minimum though here too there are a few changes to be noticed.
To be specific, it is the top bezel that seems most interesting what with the plethora of cameras and sensors packed in it. Numerous leaks have already pointed to Samsung providing a new face unlocking system, something that would be a better match to one of iPhone X’s best features, Face ID. Plus, the new setup is also believed to be able to offer portrait mode for selfies, something that will put the new S9 in better stead with the likes of the Pixel 2 or iPhone X.
The above will also be in line with what is believed to be the biggest USP of the new S9, its camera capabilities. To go with that, the rear too is rumored to undergo its biggest redesign in several years. That would see the rear twin lens camera aligned in a vertical line placed along the center. Leaked renders have also depicted the fingerprint sensor placed just below the rear cam in a more central slot. That should allow for more convenient operations compared to the S8 that had the sensor placed beside the rear cam.
As for the specifications, it’s a dual pixel 12-megapixel camera the S9 is expected to sport at the rear, one that will have variable aperture feature. The latter is again a novelty in mass-produced smartphones.
The rest of the specs expected with the upcoming flagship include an SD 845 chip mated to a 4 GB RAM while there would be 64 GB available for storage in the most basic version.
Fortunately, the official launch on Feb. 25 is just weeks away, and we sure will have a several more such leaks in between.