Galaxy S9 to be released early: no in-display finger scanner, but its back will 'change a lot'

Back in the summer, Korean media reported that Samsung Display will commence the shipment of the Galaxy S9's OLED panels in November, which is two months earlier than usual, feeding the notion that the next Samsung flagship might be released before the usual April/March time slot. Earlier on, the same sources tipped that all three major phones from Samsung next year - the Galaxy S9, S9+, and the Note 9, will use the same screen sizes as their predecessors, indicating that the Infinity Display design will be here to stay for at least another edition of Samsung's flagship lines, which makes perfect sense.

Today, a source with good track record of extracting scoops from the Asian blogosphere, reiterated those two claims, saying that the S9  and S9+ will be entering mass production as soon as next month. It is not that far-fetched of an idea, too - given the rumors that the S9 and S9+ will ship with the same 5.77" and 6.22" screen panels of their predecessors, the main thing Samsung needs to upgrade is the processing power, and to slap the dual camera set from the Note 8. The source tips that the "back of the Galaxy S9 will change a lot," too, which may serve as one more piece of evidence that it could sport a dual camera setup.

As for why would Samsung try to pull the S9 forward, well, the industry insiders cite the iPhone X as the main reason for the early bird strategy, trying to defend its sales against what may turn out to be a hit among smartphone buyers. Given the iPhone X's $999 price, they also might not upgrade for the next two years at least, so the S9 could be airdropped earlier to try and mitigate the eventual iPhone X success. 

Unfortunately, a separate report claims that the S9 and S9+, which it confirms are slated to hit the conveyor belts in December, won't come with the troubled in-display finger scanner technology which won't be perfected before the time the Note 9 hits next August, so Samsung's next phablet hit might be its first phone employing it, just as rumored before. As to whether the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will ship with a 3D face-scanning kit as an extra biometric solution, the sources are keeping mum, so we'll just have to wait for more details to trickle down.

Check out our Samsung Galaxy S9 renders here

Related phones

Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)



1. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

I think it's time to replace my beloved Galaxy s4 ....

2. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Just put the fingerprint scanner below the camera, possibly add another telephoto lens on the back, 40k@60 , better dynamic range and pixel XL 2 stabilization, pro mode on video ,tweak Iris scanner working distance and angle, stereo speakers, 6GB RAM. That's all I need.

3. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

As long as they insist on their crappy bent displays, they can shove them.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4383; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Cool story

13. Peacetoall unregistered

Bent display lol bending is only iphone thing

19. LiLLicky

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 27, 2017

I agree my s8+ curved screen edges is annoying. Rather a flat screen.

21. torr310

Posts: 1724; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Also don't follow Apple using the stupid face-scanning and keeps the price more affordable.

23. mikehunta727 unregistered

I like the minute curve on my Note 8, it is way better than the curved edges on the S8/S7 edge design and it feels great.. with that being said, I would love for them to come out with a flat model again, I would get that, that'd be awesome

32. RoryBreaker

Posts: 295; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

I felt the same way, but it's really not as bad as I thought it would be. I've actually have come to kind of like it.

4. Rocket

Posts: 731; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Samsung should make a poll asking its fans which one of the the four pics above is better for em. (left for me) And use the design with the highest votes.

8. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Furthest one on the right for me. there needs to be a larger gap between the fingerprint scanner and the camera for the one on the left, plus it's not a dual camera setup.

30. Rocket

Posts: 731; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Yeah the right one is my favorite too, i typed left accidentally.

31. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Samsung please take Rocketman's advice and put that poll up. I am talking about this Rocketman here. Not the one up North ok.

5. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Sounds like I'll be waiting for the Note 9 with the fingerprint scanner in the display.

6. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

sounds quite bad for Samsung, another year with horrible backside fingerprint scanner.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4383; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Still better than not having the option.

7. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

So the s9 could land maybe febuary, nice

22. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2675; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

If they change nothing about the device (other than internal upgrades of course) and just relocate the fps to a sensible place, it would check about every box (still don't love the curved screen, but it's not the end of the world). Samsung hit a triple with the S8, and moving the fps to a less incredibly terrible spot on the S9 would be a home run.

12. iSeeU

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 03, 2017

Please include the followings for the - 3500Mah - 8gb Ram - 16mp front camera - 30mp rear camera with bigger lens and protrudes - 50% better CPU GPU - Boxy rectangle design, no curves -

14. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Ok, anything else boss?

15. jellmoo

Posts: 2675; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Should it also grant wishes and cure cancer?

16. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I can tell you off jump half of those things aren't happening. Be more realistic.

18. theizzz

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

Pixels don't matter on camera quality. Sticking to12 mp is smart, just look at the pixel 2/2 XL

27. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

comments like this make me laugh, and watch him lose his mind when they make this but give it a 'high spec' price

17. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

put the cameras at one corner like SONY or Apple, then place the fingerprint scanner at the middle.

20. LiLLicky

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 27, 2017

Flat screen new finger print scanner front face speakers, see hell I will just buy the razor phone it has everything I need.

24. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Prefer the symmetrical coral blue camera layout.

25. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I think they defer the implementation of on screen FPS so that they can also implement it on the GALAXY X for 2019

29. Khyron

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

s9 And next generation flagships Will como with weak processor I see this year Se anda exynos Will not compete with a11 in numbers but I hope they found way To improve perfomance of socs but Android is still lacking a dedicated thread To render ui auto rotation animation is s**t in Android miltitasking has a horrible delay when you switch back front another app things Android otro doesnt fix it yet

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