New Galaxy S9 leaks: no headphone jack?

So, with 2017 nearing its end and all the major smartphone announcements behind us, it's a good time to look ahead into early 2018, as that's when the annual Mobile World Congress will take place. At it, as always, we expect to see the big dogs — Samsung and LG — as well as others.

The Galaxy S9 is slowly becoming a hot topic as of late. There are a lot of lingering questions — "Will Samsung change the design or will it pull an Apple "s"?", "Will it move the fingerprint scanner from that odd, side-of-the-camera position?", "And will it continue to put headphone jacks on its phones?".

Well, a new leak, which claims to reveal some Galaxy S9 specifics, tries to answer those.

Coming "from China", and posted on tech site TechDroider, we have a couple of sketches for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. By now, we are pretty much expecting Samsung to always introduce a flagship duo — one with a smaller screen and one phablet — so there's no reason to doubt this.

Then, we have some specific details. Apparently, Samsung is working on a "More secure facial recognition", which would include 3D sensing tech. This is no doubt in response to Apple's Face ID — Sammy just needs to add a depth-sensing face scanner to its already stellar iris scanner and it will probably be up to par. Of course, we are yet to find out how good Face ID is in the first place.

The design is pretty similar to the Galaxy S8, but do note that the bottom bezel is nearly gone, while the top one has been slimmed further.

Let's get to the juicy stuff now. According to the leak, Samsung is experimenting with placing a fingerprint scanner underneath the screen's glass, but is allegedly still experiencing issues. This falls in line with previous rumors we've heard — that under-the-glass fingerprint scanners would be introduced with the Galaxy Note 9.

Another line of text that drew our attention is "No headphone jack". Cue Darth Vader's cringy "Nooo!" right here. If this rumor is true, it would seem Sammy is also joining the Courage Squad.

Also, take note that the schematics say "Dual 16 MP rear camera" and "Dual 12 MP front camera". So, the Galaxy S9 will probably get the telephoto lens camera that the Note 8 has. That's cool, but what kind of selfie cam are we going to have on the front? A wide-angle? We'll see...

source: TechDroid



1. maherk

Posts: 7054; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I would rather have a symmetrical design rather than have the chin thinner than the forehead like this leak/rumor suggests.


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

100% correct. I would never consider buying a phone that isn't symmetrical period. That's why iphone X and Pixel 2 XL weren't even a consideration for me. It's like looking at someone with a huge pimple on his forehead that you can never over look.

54. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

Same. It makes the phone feel top-heavy for me.

74. techbuttcheex

Posts: 205; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I don't think you know what symmetrical means.

12. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

can they make a symmetrical chin and put a speaker down there???? come on dual speakers!!!!!!

24. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

1000% agreed on this one. It is too iPhone-ish. I really hope they stay on their current course and do not revert to this.

33. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

This ''leak'' is complete iBS. Made to endorse iPhone X (lack of jack, lame Face ID and lack of FPS) Apple need it right now. Saying: ''You are angry at us, but Samsung will do same'' Pathetic ...LOL

35. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Yeah, this does feel like the typical #ThemToo stories this site runs on behalf of their biggest benefactor.

42. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Yup, same thing that was done for the iphone 7, claiming the S8 wouldn't come with a headphone jack:

43. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Coincidence? :))))

67. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

can we also term te lack of bottom bezel as 'courage' by Samsung.

68. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

can we also term the lack of bottom bezel as 'courage' by Samsung.

72. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

no headphone jack no sale sorry sammy, you will no longer be my phone of choice

2. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 407; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

The same rumour was floating about before the release of the s8.

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And before note8

4. Jacksie66 unregistered

Why. Why do these bastards keep taking away our features yet charging us more.

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1703; Member since: Feb 11, 2013


8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Relax, it's still nothing but a rumor at his point.

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

A rumor, aye, but everything is heading towards a jack-less future.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I suppose you're right. This jackless trend is pissing me off like mad!

40. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

It's the same sh*t that was being said about the S8: I sure hope it's as wrong as it was before. Otherwise, the Note 8 might very well be my first and last Samsung Smartphone...there's simply nothing better at this moment to replace the headphone jack.

44. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's for damn sure.

52. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Removal of the jack is fine, is they replace it with something better like dropping 3.5MM for the 2.5MM. Or creating a new form of the jack that is flatten and thinner vs bulky and round. Also, remember Samsung bought the largest audio/visual brand on the planet and surely Samsung plans to bring HK audio to its products across the board. Samsung new TV's for 2018, will feature HK's audio decoders. The headphone jack could easily be given a thin phone friendly redesign. I am not sure hwy audio companies are savings off improving the design. The only downside to the 2.5MM jack vs the 3.5MM,is the wiring is smaller, thus the sound is not as loud. But easy to fix with a small AMP inside the phone.

5. gigicoaste

Posts: 466; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I plan on holding to my note 8 for 3 years at least, so no phone jack at that time will be something normal, based on trend. Maybe at that time the Bluetooth sound quality will increase, the quality wireless headphones will drop the prices and the batteries will last longer and longer. I believe that still is not the right time.. so sad to see big companies getting rid of features for the sake of design ignoring consumer wishes.

13. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

While I agree with you 100%, try out some Bose QC35's sometime. My buddy has a pair and the sound quality are amazing to say the least.

38. gigicoaste

Posts: 466; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

yes, I know Bose, are good. I bought something else some time ago, Sony and I am really happy. Thing is if I go to do some activity other than being at home.. headphones are not too suitable. Also are times when I don't take the big headphones with me.

41. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Agreed. My Bose QC20's are nice for the portability and comfort level. Over-ear headphones tend to get too hot for my liking, plus they're bulky. Each kind of headphones has their own pros and cons and it can get expensive to justify all of those different wants.

59. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

I have owned a pair of QC30s and now I have a pair of QC35 II. The sound of the 35s is definitely better, with way more bass and being much louder, however you are definitely right by saying that they're not portable whatsoever. The 30s are much more portable, and I love the feature of controlling the amount of noise cancellation. However, the QC35s are definitely a little better in cancellation. I find that they cancel out just a tad more noise than the 30s, and it is noticeable. Last thing, they definitely do live up to their Quiet Comfort name. The neckband of the 30s always caused my neck to break out because of sweat. All of that being said, I would rather have more comfort and louder music and bass than controllable noise cancellation and portability.

25. Sparkxster

Posts: 1260; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I agree now is not the time to remove the headphone jack especially since there is no universal USB c audio certification. Wireless over and on ear headphones have decent battery life but wireless earbuds have abysmal battery life. Keep the headphone jack until we can go five days without having to recharge wireless headphones and have instant pairing.

60. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

I can easily go about 6 days without charging my QC35 IIs, and have done it multiple times.

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