Samsung is due to launch its new flagship smartphone in a few months. We’ve already started hearing rumors and predictions about the Galaxy S9. The latest suggests that the Galaxy S9 design changes will not be significant. The upcoming handset is expected to be an incremental upgrade compared to its predecessor, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since the Galaxy S8 has a pretty good design.
The often credible Evan Blass a.k.a @evleaks has tweeted that the Galaxy S9 is a “tock” device. Manufacturers often stick to a “tick, tock” method for their flagship smartphones.
The device gets a major redesign in the tick years and nominal upgrades in the tock years. This alternates annually so since the Galaxy S8 introduced a design change, the Galaxy S9 is expected to only refine it further.
As previously mentioned, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, given the fact that the Galaxy S8 has probably one of the best designs you can find on an Android-powered flagship today. Samsung will certainly appease its fans by further refining the Galaxy S8’s design.
All that info we’ve heard has now been confirmed by a separate source, which has managed to supply us with renders of the new Galaxy S9. The renders were created by a smartphone accessory maker called Ghostek, but they’re based on information from the factory that is building Samsung’s new flagship phones. We’re told by multiples sources that these renders are mostly accurate; one source told us the back is spot-on but the bezel above the phone’s display will be a bit narrower, and the speaker at the top looks a bit different.
The upcoming handset will be improved in other areas, though. It’s expected to feature a depth-sensing camera for improved facial recognition. It will also feature improved internals and the latest software experience from Samsung.
Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ early next year.