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Galaxy S9 schematics leak, show familiar design

by Justin Herrick | December 12, 2017December 12, 2017 8:00 am PST

Chances are that Samsung doesn’t change too much next year for the Galaxy S9. While the internal specifications are bound to be improved, the overall design should heavily resemble the Galaxy S8 from 2017. The company found a successful formula, so there’s little reason to overhaul it in 2018.

Now we’re getting a better idea of what the upcoming flagship will look like. An alleged set of schematics showing the Galaxy S9 reveal its appearance from every angle.

The schematics show an alleged Galaxy S9 from the front, back, sides, top, and bottom. Up front there’s a display taking up the majority of the space, which tells us Samsung isn’t doing away with its Infinity Display technology. Around the back, meanwhile, is a repositioned camera module. There appears to be a single camera positioned above the LED flash, and to the right of it is a fingerprint scanner or laser autofocus module.

Samsung will seemingly buck a common trend in the mobile industry by keeping the headphone jack. On the bottom, there’s a port for external audio next to the USB-C port. And, on the sides, there’s the usual set of power and volume buttons. Bixby, too, is making a return.

Mobile industry insider Evan Blass first reported in late November that Samsung’s annual release would be in a “tock” year in 2018, which basically means the company isn’t building a whole new phone from the ground up. The Galaxy S9 will, according to his sources, be closer to the Galaxy S8 than anything. And that’s proven in these schematics. Aside from the camera setup on the back, the alleged Galaxy S9 on display looks a lot like its predecessor.

Invites for a launch event are far from ready to send out, but don’t expect the Galaxy S9 to debut at CES 2018 in Las Vegas early next year. Samsung confirmed the phone is “unlikely” to make an appearance. The Galaxy S9 is expected to be announced at a post-MWC 2018 event in late March.

If you’re eager for this phone, just wait a few more weeks. That’s when the number of leaks regarding the Galaxy S9 will multiply and arrive much more frequently.

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Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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