Here's what the Samsung Galaxy S9 might look like next to the Galaxy S8

Earlier today, we saw what seem to be the first legit renders showing the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. We're saying that these might be legit because they originate from Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), who almost always provides correct details when it comes to unannounced smartphones. At the same time, we can't be fully certain of the renders' accuracy. Nevertheless, assuming that these really show the Galaxy S9 and S9+, it appears that the two handsets have thicker side bezels when compared to the S8 and S8+ of last year.

In our comments section (and in plenty of other places around the web), folks have gone a bit bonkers about the fact that the new S9 and S9+ renders reveal bezels that are thicker than they'd expected. Some people believe that, because of this, the renders are "fake". But we don't think this is a good reason to dismiss the renders, and here's why: most of Samsung's official Galaxy S8 images show some sort of glow covering the phone's curved edges. This gives the impression that the left and right bezels are a tad thinner than they actually are. Just look here: 

Now, below, we've placed the Galaxy S9 render revealed today alongside an official Galaxy S8 image that doesn't show the glow effect mentioned above. While this comparison of ours may not be 100% to scale, it should provide a relatively accurate look at how the Galaxy S9 (left) would appear next to the S8 (right):

It does seem that the Galaxy S9 has thicker side bezels, but not by much. Samsung may have adopted this slightly modified design in order to improve the new smartphone's durability, or for who knows what other reasons -  if they exist, these reasons could be unveiled once the Galaxy S9 series is officially announced on February 25. That's also when we'll find out if Evan Blass' renders are accurate or not. Stay tuned!

references: Evan Blass (Twitter), Samsung 



1. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

If these are the final designs for S9 and S9+, I'm gonna pass on them and wait for the Samsung Galaxy S 10 or SX. Fugly!

20. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Way uglier than the S8. And I don't even like the S8...

50. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It just struck me: I think the side bezels are thicker in order to immitate the iPhone X better :)

24. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'll tell you now this is fake. Just look at the date on the display - it's not the Unpacked date.

42. kevv2288

Posts: 300; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

It's most likely the date the s9 will go on sale

49. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It's unlikely Samsung will use the release date. Remember release date varies depending by region. Besides, the Unpacked date is normally used in official renders in previous Galaxys.

35. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

Still think its fake. Where are the curves !? Cannot be this less prominent.

43. kevv2288

Posts: 300; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I don't think it's the final cuz you can see all the sensors on the top bezel. Same thing last year with the s8, all the leaks showed hideous sensors, until the final was revealed with glossy black bezel that hides them. Also, this just looks like a modified S8 Active. Totally fake!

2. haruken

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

As much as I love Samsung, this is a regression and reminds me of the S5 days nightmare. The purpose of promotional renders is to sell the product (hence the glow to hide the bezels) , yet with this one they're showing every single front sensor and the bezels look bigger than last year's. Or maybe I'm just in denial...

41. duckofdeath unregistered

These are not promotional renders. The nonsense info on the UI is a clear indication to that.

3. JohnR

Posts: 158; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Not me. That’s looks fantastic

4. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Plz Samsung work on the os . Please

5. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Ugly, S8 looks good.

6. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I could be wrong, but it looks to me like the S9 is just less curved at the edges than the S8 is. That might explain why the bezels look bigger. There's more of it on the front than on the side like previously.

12. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

If that's the case, I would think that a lot of folks would welcome this change. I think that most would agree that the curved edge while attractive, serve no practical purpose. I have a Note 8 & the only thing the curved edges are good for are accidental touches on the screen. In fact, I don't see how you can effectively use it without a case. By lessening the curve, & having more bezel on the front, it just becomes a more functional phone. So if that's what they're going for, I'm all for it.

7. deleon629

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

So what you guys are telling us is that the S9 is basically gonna look like the S8 Active?

8. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

oh man im gonna be so disappointed if that turns out to be the real device. where do i upgrade from S8 then???

10. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Do you really even need to upgrade? I'm sure your S8 could hold up well enough until the Note 9 is announced, and its not like the S8 is long in tooth either.

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2253; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This is bad! Well at least they can sell more of their S8's now...

13. umaru-chan

Posts: 371; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

S9 looks looks ugly, stupid, dated and predictable next to S8.

28. JohnR

Posts: 158; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Oh shut up. You’re a hater anyway

32. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Your poor parents, they must be so embarrassed.

15. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

It's funny that for so many people the rendering light settings make such a difference. A slightly different reflection on the corner and everyone hates it. The two are 99% identical and yet some people think it's ugly. Some didn't like a curved screen but now when they tone down the curve just a little for them, they complain that it added an extra two hair widths of bezel. I call BS when they can't even quantify the issue they have with it. At least on the iPX there was a huge notch in the screen and we could all agree what we were even being critical about. There are a lot bigger issues to care about, like the quality and type of battery, screen burn-in, new chassis material, new radios, new camera, in screen FPR etc.

16. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

These probably are not official renders. Plus Samsung phones usually look better in the flesh than they do in renders anyway.

17. apple-rulz

Posts: 2196; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Get rid of the curved screen (useless gimmick) and improve the lousy stock messaging app. Those two issues are the bane of my just sold Note 8, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed there is an improvement in both with the S9/S9+.

21. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

LG V30 it is then. I needed Samsung to make the S9 a little wider. The narrowness of the S8 annoyed me to no end.

23. JohnR

Posts: 158; Member since: Sep 08, 2017


30. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

I prefer wider phone too but V30 isn't my choice for many reasons

34. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

the V30 is a very good phone... this coming from someone who currently Owns a Galaxy S8

36. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Laugh all you want. Just because it isn't one of the "cool kids" phones doesn't mean it isn't a great device. Beautiful screen from my time with it, awesome manual camera which I shoot in 95% of the time, perfect size for me, battery life beats 95% of the flagships out there including the top three or four more popular ones, and beautiful sound via QuadDAC. If only LG knew what a decent front camera was it'd be near perfect.

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