VentureBeat’s Evan Blass is back with another phone leak. This time it’s the Samsung Galaxy S9, which has just had its launch event announced for February 25.
As expected, this year’s iteration looks a lot like the Galaxy S8. Samsung did a major redesign last year, so we were expecting a phone that more or less looks the same. It’s still a phone that is nearly all-screen with round corners, a battery of sensors at the top for Iris scanning, and a Bixby button for launching Samsung’s horrible voice assistant. The main addition for 2018 is a new camera, which is expected to have a variable aperture.
The one odd difference in the S9 picture compared to the S8 is a more prominent rendering of the side bezels. The Galaxy S8 picture has the display go all the way to the side of the phone, while the S9 has a sizeable amount of deadspace. Is this an oversight by Samsung’s photoshopper, or is it reflective of a design change in the Galaxy S9? The sides of the S8 (and S9) are curved, so I could see how that might be hard to accurately reflect in a picture, but Samsung got it right in last year’s image.
VentureBeat offers a few details about the specs, too. The US and China get a version packing the Snapdragon 845, while the rest of the world will get Samsung’s Exynos 9810. The report says the S9+ will get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the S9 will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. VentureBeat also reportedly has a ship date nailed down: March 16.
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