Samsung Galaxy S9 might feature modular capabilities

Google Translate version of Eldar Murtazin's tweet

Google Translate version of Eldar Murtazin's tweet


Russian based tipster Eldar Murtazin has sent out a tweet repeating a rumor that he was made privy to by an unnamed source. According to this rumor, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is going to feature modular accessories. Right now, the Motorola Moto Z line and the Essential Phone both allow users to connect modular attachments to each handset. Motorola's Moto Mods lead the way with a number of accessories that include a projector, sound booster, battery pack, video game platform, Hasselblad camera optics, a 360 degree camera, and more. Andy Rubin's Essential Phone currently has a 360 degree camera available, with more accessories on the way.

According to Murtazin's source, the modular system on the Galaxy S9 will be able to accommodate one accessory at a time, although some method to allow multiple use of modular apps might be offered. According to the tweet, there will be similarities between the modular accessory feature on Samsung's 2018 flagship and the system employed on the Moto Z models. For example, both will have magnets on the back of each handset to attach a modular accessory to the phone.

Before you start taking sides and formulating an opinion about the possibility of a modular Samsung Galaxy S9, the design has yet to receive a final approval from the powers that be at Samsung. Combine that with the many grains of salt that you should take this rumor with, and the bottom line is that for now this remains a very speculative rumor. Still, since the possibility of a modular Galaxy S9 has been raised, you can sound off with your opinion of such an animal by dropping your thoughts in the comment box below.

source: @eldarmurtazin (translated) via SlashGear

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10 Comments

1. macawmatt

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

It'll be more like the Essential then Motorola. Samsung wouldn't want to lock the entire phone design down to mods. The Essential route is a lot easier to keep year over year but allow changes to the overall phone design. If it even happens.

2. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1067; Member since: May 01, 2017

I hope Samsung decides against the whole modularity thing. Even Lenovo should ditch it to. It was a fun idea but in reality, nobody was asking for It and the hype seems to have died down tremendously. It also doesn't help that the mods cost a third of what the phone does.

7. Klinton

Posts: 1407; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I'm against the 'modular' too. And I thing the info is misleading. There is huge difference between 'modular' and 'attachable'. If it doesn't hurt the design and the basic functionality, 'attachable' applied cleverly , is not a problem at all, though. For some ppl with special needs, could be useful.

10. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

I sure hope they instead go for Standard OTG accessories like the Samsung DeX station. All them "mods" are merely making proprietary versions of what's already possible with OTG, and I simply will never buy into such.

3. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I like the Moto design better; most phone just need a face and components overhauled. The real design has becomes stalemate anyways.

4. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

It will hurt the design

5. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I don't think this will fly with most Samsung owners and Fans. I think the next big thing ( no pun intend) they are waiting for is the flexible devices

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

I really hope this doesn't happen. I don't fancy the idea of spending a couple hundred bucks on different components for my phone & having them not be supported two generations later.

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Doubt they would do that to the S series. Maybe another series of phones.

9. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Samsung is probably more content with foldable phones than with modularity, this is the weakest rumor of the bunch so far.

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