Even though we’ve got a good six months to go until the launch of the Galaxy S9, leaks and news about the handset have made some appearances in the rumor mill. The first leak about the purported Galaxy S9 appeared back in April when it was reported that Qualcomm and Samsung have joined hands to work on the Snapdragon 845, which is expected to run the handset. It also happened to be the first bit of information about the next-gen Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm.
The Galaxy S9’s development reportedly began in April. That time, reports from the Korean media started making rounds on the web which claimed that it was apparently the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco facilitated the development, and the Galaxy S9’s display was the first component to have received attention.
The latest reports, however, do not suggest that the Galaxy S9 will be a massive upgrade over the current gen Galaxy S8 series. Instead, the smartphone is said to be an incremental upgrade over the Galaxy S8, something similar to Apple’s ‘S’ range of iPhones.
The handset is expected to retain the same screen size as its predecessor, with the standard Galaxy S9 to get a 5.8-inch screen, while its larger sibling the S9 Plus to come with a 6.2-inch display.
Having said that, the million dollar question remains whether Samsung will be able to integrate the fingerprint sensor into the phone’s display, one of the design flaws found in the latest Galaxy S8 range. The company didn’t manage to pull it off and placed the sensor in a rather awkward position on the back, making it hard to reach. In many cases, users accidentally smudged the camera lens when trying to the fingerprint sensor.
Even the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 was expected to fix the same flaw. As Samsung earlier planned to place the fingerprint scanner right below the display on the Galaxy S8, however, ditched the whole idea because it couldn’t perfect the technology. But as per leaked renders, even the Galaxy Note 8 will have its fingerprint scanner placed on the back. Hopefully, Samsung manages to perfect the technology by the time it launches the Galaxy S9.