Working Galaxy S9 leaks out in the flesh, looking rather S8-ish

Well, well, well, this might be the first time we are seeing an actual Galaxy S9 in the flesh and in the works, albeit an engineering sample of some sort, judging from the stickers on the back and front. 

We are actually not seeing anything that wasn't already revealed by the leaked official renders yesterday, and about the only features that can tell the design apart from the S8 are the horizontal fingerprint scanner below the camera lens, as well the slightly thinner bottom bezel, unless it's an optical illusion of sorts. The reason that this leak can be deemed credible is that it comes straight out of Vietnam, and the US models of the Galaxy S9 that were listed by the FCC are made in Samsung's factory there, so you might be seeing the next Verizon or T-Mobile flagship in these pics. 

Also, the body is smooth, glassy, and nothing like the alleged "3D models" found in Samsung's Unpacked AR app which look suspiciously like dummy phones in various color schemes that are a dime a dozen on the Chinese web shops. What do you think, do you like what you see if this turns out to be the Galaxy S9 indeed?

source: IceUniverse

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)



1. raerae

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

It basically an S8 with incremental improvements.

7. DeejayReact

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

That’s all it is. I held the plus about a week ago. The Samsung rep came to my retailer and showed it off. It literally looks exactly the same. I’m sure under the hood its got a little more power though.

14. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Car companies do the same thing. They'll say 'all new' but the only thing that's changed is the break light placement, yet they still sell. Not sure what the big deal is.

18. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

No, car companies do not do the same thing, what world are you living in ?

26. rcl4444

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

Car companies do a 'mid-life' refresh which usually is only changing a few cosmetic details inside and out - like brake and headlights, trims, grills, etc... And Apple of course pioneered doing this same thing with mobiles. Though disappointing to see Sammy copying the trend, at least they are doing a tad more than Apple with the exterior of the phones - like more flush edges, slightly smaller bezels ... and...ummm... putting fingerprint scanner in a place that it should have already have been :-/

34. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"...And Apple of course pioneered doing this same thing with mobiles." No they didn't. See: Motorola V60, Palm Treo 650 vs 700, BlackBerry Curve 8300 vs 8330... Just you name a few. Damn near identical designs with minor (or major back then) upgrades. "Though disappointing to see Sammy copying the trend..." See above statement. Plus, it's not really a copying a trend, it's just an upgrade of whatever the company feels the need too be upgraded. Sometimes it's major, sometimes it's minor.

36. duckofdeath unregistered

I'm pretty sure Intel did the tick-tock think long before iDevices was a thing. The methodology is, like toosmoove said, as old as manufactured product sales. Don't let your Apple RDF limit your world view.

32. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

I live in the present world where that does in fact happen. See: damn near every Toyota Camry.

55. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012


9. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

'incremental improvements' worked for Apple...

11. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Samsung is not Apple.

20. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Someone doesn’t understand sarcasm...

38. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Thank god

37. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

As it should be after a redesign last year. There shouldn't be major redesigns year over year. It's not sustainable.

49. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

that PINKY nail looks huge.

2. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I'm not excited. Note8 with the S Pen is still more useful.

6. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

You can get the snot with the pen

3. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

This is for those who still have the S7 edge

10. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

Had an S7 Edge, don't like the S8 and not going to buy an S9

45. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I'm still using an S6 edge, and i'm definitely getting the S9 as well.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It'll be awesome as usual for a GS, but owning a Note 8 just leaves me with no desire to switch up. The Note 8, just crushes it big time.


Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Explain how the Note crushes the S8 Plus?

12. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Get ready to hear something about S-Pen.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Crushes may be a bit strong, as the S8 Plus is outstanding, but it was just to illustrate the Note 8 being better and very satisfying to me. More RAM, S-Pen, better camera, slightly bigger screen, and more versatility due to the S-Pen features. Make no mistake though, I've owned the S8 Plus, iPhone X, and currently own the Note 8, and it's clearly the best of all 3.

16. MrFreeman

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

It makes sense as well, the Note line targets a different audience and they expect more performance for the tasks they perform on a day to day basis. In terms of camera performance it's even, with the exception of the dual-camera setup and the extra ram is to help assist with multi-tasking. I don't think the Note line should be compared to the S series, the purpose of both devices vary, and the people who buy them are different too, it's still in a unique class until a real competitor arrives.

22. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Hardly anyone who buys the Note uses it for multitasking, as least quite a bit of people I talked to. I work with mobile phones and whenever someone got a Note, it was just because of screen size. They never use the stylus and don’t even know it has dual rear cameras.

33. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I use my Note phone as my daily driver. I pull out my spen whenever I have meetings in the boardroom and elsewhere so i wouldnt need to carry notebooks and pens with me. After meetings i just send email using the phone as well right away for the minutes. I guess it's just a matter of lifestyle in using the spen.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said my man.

39. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Agree fully Dark. Nothing better out there that is all in one for me.

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Best, most complete phone out there bro. The Note 8 is truly an all in one.

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