The render, which was earlier reported on by Forbes, features a device with a curved screen that nearly entirely covers its face. Samsung Galaxy S9 render looks gorgeous. It retains Samsung’s bezel-less Infinity display. The bottom bezel is negligible, but the top one is kept slightly thicker to accommodate the front camera, iris scanner, ear speaker, and other sensors. The only way to eliminate the top bezel would be to create an iPhone X-like notch. There is no physical home button.
The biggest change, though, appears to be poised for the back of the Galaxy S9. First up, you’ll notice that the render displays dual rear-facing cameras that are vertically aligned like the iPhone X. There’s also a rear flash and the physical fingerprint sensor below the flash sits in the middle of the rear panel. That would making the reader much easier to reach than the one in the Galaxy S8, which is stationed at the top of the rear panel next to the camera.
Earlier Ice Universe has posted a series of tweets about the Samsung Galaxy S9 this week. There’s no expansion on how, but Ice universe has a strong Samsung track record having previously nailed the Galaxy Note 8 design and delivered the first real world photos of the Galaxy S8.
The first tweet read: ‘100 per cent sure, Galaxy S9 no screen fingerprint recognition, while the second continued: ‘The back of the Galaxy S9 will change a lot.’ Ice Universe didn’t provide any more insight into those changes, but a rearrangement of the rear components seems likely. Yesterday, Ice Universe tweeted: ‘I think the Galaxy S9 still has a 3.5mm headphone jack.’
The choice is notable, as the latest Galaxy S9 rumors point to the flagship not coming with a virtual fingerprint sensor baked into the display. Instead, Samsung is planning a physical sensor in the device, if it bundles a sensor at all.
The good news is Samsung is expected to keep the headphone jack. The bad news is the Galaxy S9 will “100%” miss out on a fingerprint sensor integrated into the display, which corroborates an earlier report this week and increases the chance its repositioning will be one of the big changes to the back of the smartphone. In addition to packing dual rear cameras, the Galaxy S9 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 processor.
Then, we have some specific details. Apparently, Samsung is working on a “More secure facial recognition”, which would include 3D sensing tech. This is no doubt in response to Apple’s Face ID — Sammy just needs to add a depth-sensing face scanner to its already stellar iris scanner and it will probably be up to par. Of course, we are yet to find out how good Face ID is in the first place.
The Galaxy S9 is expected to launch in mid-February 2018, just before Mobile World Congress, with retail availability in March. No doubt the first production samples will start to leak out in the next few weeks.