A new patent application has just popped up, revealing a rather saucy and intriguing tidbit of info pertaining to the Galaxy S9 and S9+.
According to it, Samsung could be entertaining the idea of taking a page of Apple's and Essential's books and toying around with a bottom-placed display notch, which would be used to house an front-facing fingerprint sensor. That way, it would be placed way more conveniently than the awkward sensor on the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8, which requires you to really stretch out those index fingers of yours.
If the patent images are anything to go by, the notch would be rather similar to the tear-drop shaped one on the Essential Phone, though the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will naturally feature it at the bottom of the display, where Sammy's signature hardware home buttons made the rounds not long ago.
A notch is required due to the design peculiarities of the S9 and S9+, which are largely and logically expected to inherit Galaxy S8 and S8+'s general design — there simply isn't enough bezel to house a sensor of that sort. Thus, Samsung has to create some extra room for this front-facing solution to work. We suppose that this notch might also double up as a home button thanks to a pressure-sensitive section of the display, which is in line with what we saw on the S8, S8+, and the Note 8.
Have in mind that this patent could easily be just Samsung placing dibs on such a design decision and does not necessarily mean the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will surely feature such a notch. More will be known as the two flagships' debut nears. As we know more, so will you!