As the current trend for smartphone design looks towards a minimal bezel and all-screen approach to the front of the device, Android manufacturers are fighting for solutions on where to place the fingerprint reader.
The ultimate goal of Samsung’s display team is presumably to get a sensor underneath the screen and on the front panel. That fits with the current design ethos and would become a strong point of differentiation with the competition. The current signs are that this technology is still not ready for the prime time that the S9 would offer.
Well, a new leak, which claims to reveal some Galaxy S9 specifics, tries to answer those.
No headphone jack?
The Big & important question:
“Samsung Galaxy S9 will continue to put headphone jacks on its phones?”.
Coming “from China”, and posted on tech site TechDroider, we have a couple of sketches for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+.
Another line of text that drew our attention is “No headphone jack“. If this rumor is true, it would seem Samsung is also joining the Courage Squad. According to rumor Samsung plans to eliminate headphone jack with the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
The design is pretty similar to the Galaxy S8, but do note that the bottom bezel is nearly gone, while the top one has been slimmed further.
As far as the Specifications are concerned the Galaxy S9 would feature a 5.8″ Infinity display, 12MP and 16MP dual cameras to the front and rear. Samsung plans to implement 3D sensing facial recognition feature and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for security.
The Galaxy S9 Plus would be the same phone as the Galaxy S9 but with a large 6.2″ Screen and bigger battery. Both the devices will be IP65/68 water and dust resistant. That said, all these are rumors so take them as grain of salt.
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.