Frequent tipster, Evan Blass has revealed a few snippets of information regarding the upcoming flagship smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy S9. Samsung won’t introduce a drastic new design with the Galaxy S9, according to Blass. The handset is, instead, expected to come with an improved CPU, a repositioned fingerprint sensor and a rear-facing dual-camera.
Earlier today, In another tweet Blass is looking to confirm there will be two models released early next year, the standard Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus. The former will be coming with the model number SM-G960 while the latter will sport the SM-G965 model number. Both of which are part of the “Project Star” codenaming.
This is based on the tick-tock model made famous by the likes of Intel and often associated with Apple. Another way of looking at this, is the ‘tick’ releases are usually much more design-focused while the ‘tock’ releases are more hardware-change focused.
This could be interpreted as more Galaxy S8-like in design, but with significant hardware changes underneath. Of course, while this is said to be a tock year for the Galaxy S9, that does not necessarily mean it will be a tock year for Samsung in general.
Although where Samsung could make hardware changes which would make it a tock year overall would be the removal of the headphone jack and/or the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor embedded under the display. Both of which have been aspects that have been rumored to be coming to new smartphones, and likely a number of options which will be released in 2018.
So it would make sense that these hardware changes could come through with Samsung’s next flagship offerings. While these are just speculative changes at the moment, Blass does end the tweet by noting “more to come” soon.
Recent rumors suggest that the handset could enter mass production next month—and if that turns out to be true, there’s a chance it will be official ahead of Mobile World Congress, complete with a 3D facial recognition feature à la iPhone X.
It’s the opposite: tick = redesign, tock = upgrade, a la Apple.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) November 22, 2017
Project Star: Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960 – Star 1) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965 – Star 2). Definitely a “tock” year. More to come…
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) November 21, 2017