Samsung Galaxy S9 is making the rounds once again, this time on the basis of a couple of 3D CAD renders which supposedly hint at the smartphone’s design. The CAD images have emerged on China’s social network Weibo and depict a full-screen design with glass covering both the front and back panels, and unlike some of the previous fan-made renders, this particular design carries a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor instead of adopting a front-facing fingerprint notch at the bottom of the front panel.
Not that it comes as any surprise that the Galaxy S9 may follow in the footsteps of the Note 8, and be launched with a dual camera, but it was the sensor placement that was a mystery, and we even made a few renders with horizontal or vertical dual camera design, based on various rumors.
If these computer-assisted design schematics prove to be credible, then it seems that Samsung has picked the vertical placement for the dual camera, which is pretty great, as this way the finger scanner goes beneath the camera, and right smack in the middle of the handset’s back, where it belongs.
Other than those rear changes, called upon by the eventual dual camera cameo on the S line, we can clearly see an Infinity Display design carryover at the front, complete with screen side curves and minimal top or bottom bezels, just like on the S8.
Thus, the biggest gripe about the Galaxy S8 design – its unorthodox fingerprint reader placement – would be avoided, and the future S9 users will also take advantage of the one of the best camera sets out there, provided that Samsung has carried over the Note 8 pair directly, too.
On the other hand, previous reports hinted at the possibility that the Galaxy S9’s back panel will “change a lot” from the current design, and clearly, this is not at all evident by looking at these recent CAD renders. With that in mind, the story of the Galaxy S9 is far from being concluded and only time will tell which of these reports reflected the final product the most.
Like in previous years, the series should consist of at least two main models including the standard Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, and while the former is expected to feature a 5.8-inch display, the latter should adopt a larger 6.2-inch screen.
The upcoming flagship lineup should be unveiled in early 2018, roughly one year following the debut of the Galaxy S8 series.