Apple’s (sneakily expensive) iPhone X may be dominating the news cycle, but Samsung is ready to come out all guns blazing. We already know the company has plans for a radical folding Galaxy X, now we also know it is planning a massive redesign for the upcoming Galaxy S9…
Chinese leaker Ice universe has mysteriously tweetedthat the “back of the Galaxy S9 will change a lot”. There’s no expansion on how, but Ice universe has a strong Samsung track record having previously nailed the Galaxy Note 8 design and delivered the first real world photos of the Galaxy S8.
Of course the most obvious way the Galaxy S9 would change in a big way would be with the addition of dual cameras, as seen on the excellent Galaxy Note 8. With dual camera pressure from Apple, LG and Huawei as well as Google’s superlative Pixel 2 camera, this is nailed on in my opinion.
But there are two other areas where Samsung could also greatly improve the back of the Galaxy S9. Firstly it must move the fingerprint sensor into a more central, easier to reach position. Secondly it should copy Google’s Pixel 2 smartphones with a mix of aluminium and glass – the former adds durability, the latter is necessary to retain wireless charging which (unlike some) Samsung does right.
But Ice universe didn’t stop there. In two further tweets the leaker delivered good and bad news.
The good news is Samsung is expected to keep the headphone jack (while ever more rivals foolishly ditch it). The bad news is the Galaxy S9 will “100%” miss out on a fingerprint sensor integrated into the display, which corroborates an earlier report this week and increases the chance its repositioning will be one of the big changes to the back of the smartphone.
Samsung will come under tremendous pressure in 2018 as Apple finally fixes its iPhone X stock problem, but it looks like between the Galaxy S9 and slightly crazyGalaxy X the company is up for the fight…