Don’t expect any major design changes with the Samsung Galaxy S9, as reliable tech tipster Even Blass says the flagship phone will be more of a Galaxy S8 upgrade.
According to Blass, the Galaxy S9 will be more of a “tock” phone, referencing the tick-tock cycle of product design, whereby the tick stage is a redesign and the tock is an upgrade or refinement; Intel’s processor development is a good example of this approach.
Project Star: Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960 – Star 1) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965 – Star 2). Definitely a “tock” year. More to come…
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) November 21, 2017
Processor upgrades and a better positioned fingerprint scanner are expected for the Galaxy S9, with a few other refinements likely thrown in on both the software and hardware side.
This may upset people who want to see Samsung keep pushing the smartphone envelope, but the Galaxy S8 is arguably one of the best-looking and well-designed phones around, so it would be premature for Samsung to move away from it a mere 12 months or so later.
However, we can expect to see the Galaxy S9 sport a fully-upgraded camera, as a leaked image of a phone case from GHOSTEK, supposedly containing the Galaxy S9, shows the handset to have a completely redesigned camera array.
It looks to be rocking a dual camera lens module mounted vertically like the cameras in the iPhone X rather than horizontally like many other flagship phones.
So it would seem the Galaxy S9 will have a thorough camera redesign, which will be welcomed by phone photography fans, as while the Galaxy S8’s camera was impressive it wasn’t a massive upgrade over the snapper found in the Galaxy S7.
The Galaxy S9 is expected to be revealed in the first quarter of 2018, around a similar time as MWC 2018, will likely further shake up competition in an already savage smartphone arena.
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