Awesome Galaxy S9 renders offer an early glimpse at what Samsung's next flagships might look like


Samsung was among the first major phone makers to usher in the bezel-less design trend that's taken the mobile world by storm and is seemingly on its way to become the next de-facto norm for smartphone industrial design. The Galaxy S8 and S8+, followed by the mighty Note 8, were all running successes for Samsung, and looking back now, it's kind of hard to believe that the S8 is actually over half a year old. Yup, the iconic bezel-less duo released back in April, and think about this – that was 6 months ago and there's about 7 months, give or take a week or two, until their successors are revealed! Does this make you feel old? Wait, that's not how this works.

Anyway, although we are a few good months away from seeing the Galaxy S9 and S9+ for ourselves, we know they're coming. Heck, there's already rumors floating around about Samsung's next crop of high-end smartphones. So, what do we know about them? Well, the details are still kind of murky, especially as far as specs are considered, but we know a little bit about the designs, and that's quite important in and of itself.

Right off the bat, just don't expect another major redesign. In fact, it'll be a good few years until we see a new design trend take off like bezel-less did in 2017. There simply isn't enough room left—quite literally—to squeeze in more display on a phone, at this point at least. With this in mind, it's safe to assume that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be more of an evolution, a refinement, of the S8 design, rather than a drastic departure. Samsung may shave off a bit of the top bezel and even completely remove the one on the bottom, but that's about it. We've gotten to the point where incremental upgrades and changes in smartphone design and hardware are becoming so slow and expensive, that you can't really expect a revolution with every generation.

In fact, forget about the displays of the S9 and S9+, because they'll just be next-gen Infinity Displays with an 18.5:9 (or iPhone X-like, taller 2.17:1 aspect ratio), and let's think about their backs for a second. That's where Samsung has the freedom to move things around and build on this year's designs. And to see how Samsung may improve on the S8 design, one need to look no further than what the future holds for the company's midrange A-series.

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The next entries in Samsung's A-series—the A5 (2018) and A7 (2018)—are heavily tipped to both sport bezel-less designs with fingerprint scanners on their backs. What's more interesting, however, apart from the fact that the bezel-less trend is spreading to the budget sector, is that the new A-series models will likely have centered, rear-mounted fingerprint scanners, unlike the S8/S8+ and the Note 8, all of which have their fingerprint scanners offset next to the cameras, instead of below. And as you probably already know, the placement of the fingerprint scanner has been one of the major complaints about these three otherwise excellent devices, and Samsung knows this. Argue all you want that it's just a matter of getting used to it, but that's just not an optimal location for a fingerprint scanner, especially when using the phone with your left hand. Having the scanner centered below the camera allows for effortless accessibility with both hands and it just makes sense. Not to mention that this will also minimize the chances of accidentally placing an oily finger on the camera instead of the scanner.


The camera(s)


Samsung may have shunned away from implementing a dual camera setup on either the Galaxy S8 or the S8+, but this won't be the case next year with the S9 and S9+. Although we can't know for sure whether both models will be blessed with two cameras—there's a good chance that Samsung may want to reserve it for the S9+ only—it's a relatively safe bet that at least one of them is getting a second main camera. How Samsung decides to position the two lenseswill also play into the placement of the fingerprint scanner. It could be a Note 8-style horizontal array (although we've got our fingers crossed for something different), or a vertical dual-cam setup with the fingerprint scanner below.

To infinity and beyond


As far as the displays of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are concerned, it's a safe bet that the two will be outfitted with next-gen InfinityDisplay AMOLED panels with a QHD+ resolution of 1440x2960 (or above). As for the bezels – the top one is likely here to stay for a while, since there's so many sensors housed inside, and even if Samsung could drill holes for all of them in the display itself, it would just look like Swiss cheese. And speaking of sensors, the S9 and S9+ are tipped to feature 3D scanning, which means at least one more opening in the top bezel would be needed to house a structured light transmitter. But let's not go there right now.


And while the top bezel is likely not going anywhere for the S9 and S9+, although it could be slimmed down a bit, the bottom bezel might be on its way out. Nothing is known for certain at this point, but seeing as how the front-facing fingerprint scanner isn't coming back, the bottom bezel has no functional purpose, at least in its current, almost non-existent form. It's cool to imagine what the Galaxy S9 and S9+ may look like without the bottom bezel (they'd look even sleeker), but we can't say for sure if this is the next step in the evolution of Samsung's Galaxy S-series.


Well folks, that's all we got for today. What do you think about all that? Where would you rather have the fingerprint scanner located? Below the camera, or next to it like it is on the S8 and the Note 8? You probably want it to embedded in the display, and so do we, but that's not a likely scenario, unfortunately. What about the bottom bezel? Are you fine with what little there's left of it, or would you rather have it completely eradicated? Tell is in the comments below!

Disclaimer: The mockup images featured in this material have been created by PhoneArena and are based on preliminary information about the device(s) they portray, such as (but not limited to) factory CAD drawings and leaked live photos of the device(s). As such, the images found herein may not be fully representative of the final design of the device(s) they portray.

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84 Comments

1. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Please Sammy no more curved screen. it's so ugly.

2. VasiliS7

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

There is the A series without the curved screen. S & Note have a unique design and for most of us this design is what we like.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Do you own an S8/S8+? I do and this phone is beautiful.

69. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

I own a Note8 and before that s7 Edge and both are the most beautiful phones I have ever owned/seen

75. SamsungUser

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

note 8 is a waste why didnt u get the s8+?

76. SamsungUser

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

ur like some guy from my college he did the same as u

79. SamsungUser

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

one good thing about the note 8 is that now the s8+ has gone down in price that is it. the rest of the phone u are just paying for a pen

77. SamsungUser

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

is it worth upgrading from the s7 edge u think?

5. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1372; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I like them but if you don't that's okay there is always the rugged Active series. unfortunately with flexible Amoled tech very near you gonna see a lot of curves and then some fold able devices soon. it the way that the technology is heading. Hopefully they will continue the J and A lines that will retain no curve and no fold able features but the series or some newly introduce series will definitely built n the curves

38. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I don't hate the curved screens per se, but I definitely like flat screens better, mainly because they are so much easier to protect. The J and A series are good phones but Samsung doesn't put all of their best into the J and A phones and the Galaxy Active series is generally exclusive to AT&T where I live.

59. MattL

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

I don't know, in Phone Buff's drop tests the Note 8 did better on the face drop test than both the iPhone 8 Plus and the LG V30... I suspect (as do they) it might have to do with the curved screen.

15. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That said, I think you're in the minority. At least there's no notch.

68. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Samsung is getting notched by the iPhone X! Already

19. hazard1

Posts: 239; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

I'm not a fan either. I tried several times (tried each curved device, except the Note 7). However, we are in the minority. Back when there was a choice, Samsung sold a lot more of the Edge devices than they expected. So they are merely responding to consumer demand. Expect more curved screen devices.

21. shamrock_sean

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

It's hardly ugly it's more impractical

27. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

i think the design of the curved screen looks nice, but the one sticking point for me with curved screens is that you lose out on putting on a glass screen protector and cases don't provide the same kind of protection anymore. I have always put on a glass screen on top of my devices because whenever an accident does happen it will break that screen first before it breaks my actual screen.

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I suggest you get an official tempered glass protector, it'll protect the curved sides of the display as well.

36. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

That is the case of all 2.5D glasses nowadays anyway. The edges of all flat 2.5D glasses catches dust in some days :(

64. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

That curved screen is a thing of beauty!

78. SamsungUser

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

man u have no taste

84. JoeyNTasha

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 05, 2017

Taste is relative to the buyer / user, your opinion is too strong and you're trying to push it on everyone else. It's a phone not a religion Jehovah

3. redmd

Posts: 1949; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Am I the only one who's wishing for an S9 compact?

9. Skizzo

Posts: 405; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I fully agree that there should be a compact phone option for those that prefer the small phone form factor, but, the S8 was surprisingly small in hand already. I was shocked when I first held it coming from the S7E. The 18:9 form factor has done wonders for single hand use, so the need to shrink the screen has has become less necessary. Maybe a slightly smaller screen to differentiate the 'S' from the 'S+' like a 5.2" on the S line, a 6" on the S+, and a 6.3" for the Note.

16. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 395; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I would love a s9 compact with curved 5.5 screen with a body similair size to a3 2017.

52. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Right? A Galaxy S9 compact at 5.5"... I mean, Five point Five freaking inches! Compact for real. :))

6. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Nothing is known for certain at this point, but seeing as how the front-facing fingerprint scanner isn't coming back, the bottom bezel has no functional purpose, at least in its current, almost non-existent form." You need bottom bezel If you want to have Headphone jack

39. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Not really as long as room is left in that area underneath the screen for the jack.

41. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No you don't.

7. Derekjeter

Posts: 1557; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

LG V30 has a great Hardware but he screen issues, LGs UI is what will continue to bring it down. Samsung needs to release something like the essential phone body, with the great camera of Note 8 and just release one great looking phone with the sweet spot of 5.7 flat edge to edge screen, instead of two phones like their doing with the S8, S8 Plus

23. g2a5b0e unregistered

So what you're saying is that Samsung should only release a phone in the size that you want because clearly it's only your opinion that matters here. Got it.

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