As we move into the new year, the rumors regarding Samsung's new flagship, the Galaxy S9, are going full swing. The latest leaks have gifted us with some of the specifications for the phone, and based on that some renders have been made. Is this what the Galaxy S9 will really look like?
The first thing you'll notice with these renders is the long vertical strip running along the back of the device. Unlike the Galaxy S8, the new renders show that the Galaxy S9 will have a dual-camera strip going vertically in the center, with the fingerprint scanner right below it. A flash and sensor unit is to the right.
When the Galaxy S8 came out, there were a lot of criticisms on the placement of the fingerprint scanner. People found it difficult to locate it in its unusual placement, so this change in the design is likely to address those concerns. Admittedly, it's easier to find a fingerprint sensor indented right in the center of the phone, rather than one that is off to the side of the camera in an unusual position. All in all, it's likely just a matter of getting used to it, but it's better to err on the side of caution.
Based on the render, the bottom bezel also looks to have shrunk even more, making the Infinity Display effect look even more complete. There's still a strip at the top of the camera, sensors and earpiece, so it still may not look as "all-screen" as the Essential PH-1 or the iPhone X, but it's expected to have a 90% screen-to-body ratio, which is higher than the iPhone X's 82% ratio.
The Galaxy S9 is expected to come with a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and 4 GB to 6 GB of RAM, with options for 64 GB to 128 GB of internal storage. We expect it to launch at the Mobile World Congress next year in Barcelona sometime near the end of February.