Alleged Galaxy S9 CAD drawings depict dual camera, new finger scanner placement

We did hear that the "back of the Galaxy S9 will change a lot" from a leakster with a good track record last week, and, lo and behold, today's alleged CAD renders of the handset are seemingly confirming this claim. Not that it comes as any surprise that the Galaxy S9 may follow in the footsteps of the Note 8, and be launched with a dual camera, but it was the sensor placement that was a mystery, and we even made a few renders with horizontal or vertical dual camera design, based on various rumors. 

If these computer-assisted design schematics prove to be credible, then it seems that Samsung has picked the vertical placement for the dual camera, which is pretty great, as this way the finger scanner goes beneath the camera, and right smack in the middle of the handset's back, where it belongs. Other than those rear changes, called upon by the eventual dual camera cameo on the S line, we can clearly see an Infinity Display design carryover at the front, complete with screen side curves and minimal top or bottom bezels, just like on the S8.

Thus, the biggest gripe about the Galaxy S8 design - its unorthodox fingerprint reader placement - would be avoided, and the future S9 users will also take advantage of the one of the best camera sets out there, provided that Samsung has carried over the Note 8 pair directly, too. What do you think?

source: Weibo via Mobilissimo

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)



1. Wickedsamaritan

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Someone in Samsung has an A in Symmetrical Maths

2. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Isn't that geometry?

9. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

LOL. I said that in my head as i was reading your comment

6. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Bezels are smaller than S8.

8. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

In fact the front camera and sensors are over the display.

7. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And the s9 popcorn rumor mill begins.

10. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

Another interesting thing about this report is it indicates how far ahead Samsung is with designs. Looks to be about a year-ish. You'd think if they were 6 mos-ish, they would have altered the Note 8 design to fix the complaints about the fps placement. The wheels keep on grinding! :)

11. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Ughh why is the fingerprint scanner so close to the camera?

13. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Samsung phones come with wireless charging sir.

15. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

So does the V30.....

14. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

SMH. Samsung can never please people like you. What's next: Ughh, why is the fingerprint scanner on the rear?

19. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I'm a Note 5 user so save the "Samsung can never please people like you" comment for someone else. In this layout, it's simply too close to the camera lens. I find it annoying that there has to be a notification saying, “A clean lens makes for better shots. Clean your camera lens to keep taking better pictures.” Also, for my personal use, the fingerprint scanner is more useful on the front of the device. I work at a desk all day and I find it convenient that I don't have to lift my phone up to unlock it. This is obviously first world problems but for how I use it, I'd prefer it in the front. Given how well my Note 5 is still performing even after 2 years, I'll be waiting to see what the Note 9, Pixel 3, Razer Phone 2, and V40 bring to the table next year. If the rumor mills are true with the Note 9 fingerprint scanner being in the display, it would be a very lucrative device for me.

28. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

I have that problem all of the time with my Note8, even though I don't even use the fingerprint sensor that much. It happens all the time for me with the front camera as well, because the tiny bezels make it so hard to miss putting your finger on the camera.

33. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

I have the Note 8 and I don't have that problem. I use the fingerprint scanner as the notification pull-down. Regardless of how you look at it, it's glass. It's going to get smudges on it. I've seen iPhone 7 & 8 Pluses with smudges on their rear camera and the fingerprint scanner is on the front of the phone. It happens.

31. torr310

Posts: 1677; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Don't mind fanboys... they couldn't accept any opinions against their loving brands. Narrow-minded

34. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

I don't mind them, just like I don't mind the opinions of people complaining about something that others don't ;-)

32. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

I get it being easier to reach being on the front & I've seen the S8 reminders for cleaning the lens but for the account of people complaining about the FPS, the same have also stated that they for used to it. I have the Note 8 & I don't get a reminder, but that's provably because I don't have a lock set up. Since you lay you phone down would using the iris scanner work for you?

35. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I feel like it wouldn't since it would be laying flat on the surface, and the iris scanner would have to be perpendicular to my face in order to work. Do you have any issues with how tall the Note 8 is? By the time you add a case around it, I'm guessing it's closer to 6 3/4" tall which would be sticking out of my jean pockets lol.

36. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

I gotcha. I guess because I don't use a password on my phone it's not a big deal to me. LOL. I do wish it was a tad bit shorter. Same width it is now but probably as tall as the S8+. I'd have to see it in person again to be able to tell. Overall though I still love it. It's a hell of a phone.

16. torr310

Posts: 1677; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

yup! The FPS is too close to the cameras!

12. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

When this bezel bezelless trend will be over and flagships look totally stupid with the screen ratio these days. OEMs forcing people either to go for old flagships or midrangers. I m stopping myself not to purchase this years any flagships because of new trendy design, hard for me to get over this...... btw I m note 5 user

17. torr310

Posts: 1677; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Agree with you. Some stupid trends going on. I used Galaxy S7 and now S7 Active.

26. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

What would be your perfect device? The V30 is almost the same size as our Note 5's but yet has a .3" larger screen. To me, that's a win.

27. torr310

Posts: 1677; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Seriously, I had my eyes on the V30 before it released, but I am disappointed after reading reviews.

29. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Yeah the screen quality is lacking for sure. My perfect mashup of a phone would be a V30 body, Samsung screen, and Pixel software and camera.

30. torr310

Posts: 1677; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Landon, I have the same thought as you! cheers!

18. surethom

Posts: 1720; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

If not under front glass (front best) then anywhere under camera is better that the horrible placement of the S8. Im Sticking with my S7 until finger print return to the front & under glass. Most likely Middle of 2018 flagships or wait for Samsung S10 or LG in 2019

20. rkoforever90

Posts: 465; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

That's how you make a notchless bezel less display

21. mikehunta727 unregistered

That is mighty impressive if it comes like that

22. mcdanielvzw

Posts: 51; Member since: Nov 10, 2016

That placement looks worse, you'd be more likely to put smudges on the camera than with the vertical placement. Think about it, your finger has more vertical height than horizontal width. I don't care about symmetry, I care about functionality - For me I like where the FPS is now.

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