Samsung has big plans for 2018. Aside from the remarkable folding Galaxy X, the biggest excitement has been for a radical new Galaxy S9. The phone will be strikingly similar to the Galaxy S8 when it comes to overall design, although the Galaxy S9 should bring over better hardware, and a dual-lens camera for the Plus-sized model.
These rumors also say the phone will have an even higher screen-to-body ratio, which means the phone should have even smaller top and bottom bezels. Today Galaxy S9 has shown up in an alleged hands-on image showcasing the front of the device while running the Contacts application.
The live photo is of fairly low quality, however, the overall design showcased in the image matches the general expectations surrounding Samsung’s upcoming flagship and closely resembles the Galaxy S9 seen in one previously leaked image.
Earlier today a new such leak lists some of the specs of the phone, although it’s not a full specs sheet. Posted on SlashLeaks without a proper source, the following image originates from Asia. In it, we can easily discern various Galaxy S9 specs that are in line with what’s expected from the upcoming flagship handset.
The screen should measure 5.77 inches, the leak says, a familiar size that gets round up to 5.8 inches in other leaks. The phone’s processor is listed as the Snapdragon 845, which is, again, something we expect from the handset. However, the Exynos 9810 isn’t also mentioned. Samsung’s new chip should power some Galaxy S9 models.
Other features include support for a variety of LTE, 3G, and 2G bands, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS. This is all regular stuff for smartphones, including flagship handsets. There’s also a date at the top of the page, which seems to indicate the phone may be unveiled in January.
Several details are not specified, such as RAM, storage, camera features, biometrics, and battery size. Assuming this image comes from Samsung or a Samsung supplier, then we’re missing at least a page. But because it lists hardware details that make plenty of sense, this leak can be just as easily manufactured.
According to previous reports, Samsung’s upcoming premium device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC which has yet to be officially introduced by the chipmaker and the Galaxy S9 Plus will supposedly offer 6GB of RAM along with a minimum of 64GB of on-board memory.
Recent rumors also had it that the Galaxy S9 flagship series will feature a thinner bottom bezel and Samsung’s Infinity Display panel with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, as well as a QHD+ resolution. Additionally, the Galaxy S9 is said to include a 5.8-inch display, while the Galaxy S9 Plus will supposedly have a 6.2-inch screen.
Samsung may unveil the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in about a month, at the next CES event that takes place in Las Vegas in early 2018. Others claim the phone will be announced a day before the MWC trade show kicks off in late February, which has become the norm for Galaxy S press conferences.