There comes a time in the life of every rumored device when CAD-based renders are outed for it, showing it from all angles. These are accompanied by a render video so you can really get a hang of what it will look like.
Today is just such a day, but you get two for the price of one: both of Samsung's upcoming flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, have received this exact treatment.
Starting off with the smaller Galaxy S9, you will undoubtedly notice that while it sports a similar overall design to the S8, there are some notable changes.
Chief among those is the vertical strip on the back which houses the camera and the fingerprint scanner. The latter now looks to be in a much less awkward position than it was for this year's models, alleviating one of the main downsides to those. Of note is also the fact that the S9 will only have one rear camera, as Samsung seems to be playing an Apple-like differentiating game between its two top of the line models for early 2018.
The curved screen is still in, and the top and bottom bezels seem to be around the same size as they were in the S8 (though the bottom one does look ever so slightly smaller, 0.1mm according to the source of these renders). The previously rumored inexistent bottom bezel didn't make the cut after all.
The bigger Galaxy S9+ looks almost identical to its sibling, save for the fact that it does get a dual rear camera setup. The shooters are arranged vertically above the fingerprint sensor, as you can see.
For both devices, the 'glass sandwich' construction continues - with a metal frame and glass used on the back as well as the front. The rear sheet curves into the frame almost as much as the display does. Iris scanning tech will be built into both S9s, and the Bixby button is here to stay - as is the 3.5mm headset jack, thankfully.
The Galaxy S9 is said to measure 147.6 x 68.7 x 8.4mm. That makes it 1.3mm shorter, 0.6mm wider, and 0.4mm thicker than its predecessor. The S9+'s dimensions are 157.7 x 73.8 x 8.5mm, so it's going to be 1.8mm shorter, 0.4mm wider, and 0.4mm thicker than the S8+. The bigger model for 2018 has cut both the top and bottom bezels by 0.1mm compared to its predecessor.
The two upcoming handsets may or may not be showcased at CES next month ahead of a proper unveiling in March. In the US they should be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset, while the rest of the world will receive them with a new Exynos SoC. This leak has stayed mum on screen sizes, but past mumblings talked about them remaining the same as they were for the S8 duo.
I definitely agree about the dual camera. Both S9 and S9+ should have it. I always buy the bigger one, but I guess now they want to make a more significant difference between the two, not just physical screen size since even the resolution is the sam...
I would laugh but I heard it makes wrinkles.
I've a S8 and I'm eagerly waiting for the S9 but if the smaller version won't have dual camera, it can be a deal breaker for me. I'm not going to buy the bigger S9+.