Leaked Galaxy S9+ vs S8+ factory schematics solve the mystery of the thickening bezels


We had no reasons to doubt Mr Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) when he disclosed for us the purported official Galaxy S9 and S9+ renders, as he has been spot on since the days Samsung was using plastic housing for its flagships, but some were irked by the evidently thicker side bezels depicted by the renders.

The phones look almost like the new midrange A-series, rather than unchanged Galaxy S8 successor, and the side curve is much less evident than last year, for instance. We chalked it off to a different drawing perspective, but now another reputable leaker is clarifying why the S9 looks different at the front than the S8, all the while we were hearing that the design changes will mostly be reserved for the rear, where the finger scanner will be moved under the camera lens.

Mr Steve Hemmerstoffer, (aka @onleaks), has posted alleged factory CAD drawings of the finalized Galaxy S9+, compared to the schematics of the S8+. There, it is clearly visible that the sloping curve of the display edge is much more gradual than on the S8, starts sooner, but also merges sooner with the bezel, making it thicker than on the S8. 

What this would mean is that the S9 might not look as elegant as the S8, but it will be easier to grab and hold without inadvertent touches to the side edge, plus screen protector makers won't be having as hard of a time getting their wares on top without losing touch sensitivity at the edges, or introducing halo if their adhesive is applied on the whole protector. 

So, long story short, if these leaked factory CADs hold water in the end, the S9 might keep its stellar screen-to-body ratio by means of slightly thinner top and bottom bezels, but the side ones will be thicker than on the S8, and the edge screen slope less pronounced.

source: Steve Hemmerstoffer (@onleaks)

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Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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35 Comments

1. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I’m going to sell my iPhone X and switch to S9 Plus!

3. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

For that you have to own one first.

4. drunkenjay

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i have one but going to wait to see what the s9 plus delivers.

19. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

But you won't have a notch ...

5. c.m.s

Posts: 222; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

Yeah. It’s interesting that noone has an iPhone X until a new Android phone comes along, then all of a sudden everyone has an iPhone X that they are going to sell and buy the new Android... how strange :)

11. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

so you now realize that a remote control is more useful than a toy?

28. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1806; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I'll be getting the S9+ but will keep my X... I've gotten some really good photos with studio lighting effect..

2. phljcnth

Posts: 553; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I don't see the part where the side bezels are thicker on the Galaxy S9+. If anything, the top and bottom bezels are about 20% thinner making the Galaxy S9+ look more "elegant" than its predecessor, opposite to what you're saying.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This side bezels is like 5 times slimmer than iPhoneX's side bezels.

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Looks way better than the ugly X

7. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Samsung as learnt from the Fragile corners on there "Edge" screens,so hope making the Borders thicker will help prevent there "Edge" screens breaking so easily,people will not be really bothered about the look of the S9 models,its what Samsung will be offering after there Super S8 models,Looks like the S9 Plus will be offering the Best Camera update from the S8 Plus

12. nodes

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

design-wise it looks like a downgrade from S8. that vertical camera arrangement looks worse, though better for functionality.

13. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

im sorry but i have no problems with the s8 or s9 bring the s9 so i can get it asap. People here cry for too many little things go make your dam phone the way u like it.

17. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 365; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

It looks more like the S6 edge which is nice but the s8 is the pinnacle if the edge design

18. ipred

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I still can't believe that Samsung will make such a mistake and go backwards! If Phonearena does a poll, the vast majority (if not the 100%) will prefer the S8 design. Dear Samsung, don't suicide!

21. Cat97

Posts: 1804; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Looks unbalanced and ugly. The top bezel larger than the bottom bezel creates a design disaster.

31. JohnR

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Looks awesome. Can’t wait

37. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

S8 looks way better.

22. aboona777

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

"since the days Samsung was using plastic housing for its flagships" ouch!! taking a swipe, are we? ;p

32. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

And those plastics were incredibly durable, especially the Galaxy S5 faux leather.

29. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

It's time to switch to Note's line.

33. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Yessss! This was a small to major issue. No glass protector fitted on my s8+ (bad touch response), but as l'we found out, l do not need one. Sammy listen to your fans!

34. rsiders

Posts: 1898; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Can y'all just relax. The phone will be whatever it will be. None of us will be able to change that.

35. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

The S7 Edge had much more gradual or "longer" curves compared to the Note 7. The S8+ ended up getting too close to the look of the Note 8, and it gave more justification to why many called the Note 8 "just an S8+ with a pen." If anything, I feel that this move is done to further differentiate the S+ line from the Note line aesthetically, the way it was prior to the 2017 line. More differentiation = more aesthetic choice...technically.

36. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Although the ticker bezels would make it easier for screen protector manufacturers, the S8 series do have decent screen protectors and cases that works well together you just got to know which brand uses the best adhesives and which cases works with which type of screen protectors there are four sectors that go all the way down to the metal screen protectors that only cover the LCD, which screen protector depends on if your case has a raised side lips or non raised typically found and what they call thin cases. And no one has ever complained about accidental touches at the edges because of your palm. That may have been an issue on the S7 Edge because it curve so much, but not on the S8 series and notes 8. And with cases and general for the S8 and Note 8 they do add bezels so it's easier to grip on the side

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