Crash! Galaxy S9 has a graphics bug

Crash! Galaxy S9 has a graphics bug
A bug finder has detected that when a Galaxy S9 device (Snapdragon 845 only) is running Samsung Internet and is strained, the entire device will crash. It has been determined that the Adreno graphics unit along with the app cannot handle certain shaders (think: special effects), and the device simply shuts down. Apparently the browser contributes to this because it does not know when to restart itself. The testers tried reproducing the results in Chrome and it did not reboot the device. They also attempted the test using Samsung's browser on a Google device, but that also did not produce the same results. Similar issues have occurred with HTC phones as well. It is unclear exactly how much strain is needed before the device restarts or when we will see a fix released. It is sure to be some time before an update to repair the issue. 

Has anyone experienced this issue yet? It sounds like a temporary fix may be to switch browsers until it can be patched. They did note that this bug was not demonstrable on every device. They were able to reproduce it and test it, but not every S9 suffered the same fate. It is fair to note that Samsung's browser has improved a lot and has risen in popularity over the last several months. 

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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)

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12 Comments

1. MishaalRahman

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Your source link doesn't contain any of the info you're referring to. If you're going to reference the original XDA report (that GraphicsFuzz gave exclusive access to), the least you could do is link us.

3. Matthew_Mills

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 08, 2018

sorry, thought I linked that at the bottom. It was corrected. Thanks!

2. Vokilam

Posts: 1368; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

no problems here

8. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I have yet to experience this as well....

4. ijuanp03

Posts: 655; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

"Similar issues have occurred with HTC phones as well." Is it an S9 issue or Samsung Internet issue? I'm confused.

10. DurTeeDee

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

I would think its a quallcom problem

11. Matthew_Mills

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 08, 2018

It's a chip issue but the browser contributes to it. HTC experienced a similar problem regarding shaders in the past.

5. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Empty news and petty title is only available in the Apple media known u are intolerance against Samsung I have no problem with browser on my phone

12. Matthew_Mills

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 08, 2018

Just reporting the issue in case users experience it and aren't sure why. I use a galaxy note 8 as my daily driver. Both windows phone and iPhone in the past.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4321; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I ran their test on my s9+ and didn't experience any freezing and certainly didn't have a reboot. Not sure why it would affect some with the same specs as me but not affect me. Unless it's specific to only the 9 and not 9+ but it's all the same internals and software.

7. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

S9+ has been running like a champ since day one but I'll keep an eye out... Surprisingly my iPhone X's safari browser resets constantly on this site... Could you guy's look into that please?

9. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

probably all those damn ads

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