Accessory makers aren’t waiting for Samsung to unveil its 2018 flagship. Just days after MobileFun and Olixar announced their cases for the Galaxy S9, Ghostek is doing the same. It’s showing the phone’s alleged design months before anything is actually official. While it’s not confirmed to be what the Galaxy S9 will really look like, the render of the phone in the case is likely a pretty accurate representation of what’s to come.
Forbes, too, holds Galaxy S9-related information to share. A collaboration with Ghostek provided the publication with access to an exclusive render showing the Galaxy S9 outside of a case. So it’s a look at Samsung’s next flagship from the front, back, top, bottom, and sides. Again, it’s just a render based on the numerous reports and leaks that have emerged in recent weeks. There’s still a grain of salt to be taken with it despite the presumed accuracy.
Here’s the render:
Compared to the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S9 doesn’t seem to be a big departure. Samsung believes its current design language works well enough where change isn’t necessary. The front of the phone boasts an edge-to-edge display with slim bezels above and below the display, and the number of cameras and sensors at the top seemingly doubled. Facial recognition could be getting a massive upgrade based on that.
The left and rights sides both have buttons just like last year’s flagship. Over on the left side is Samsung’s volume rocker and dedicated Bixby button. On the other side is the on/off button. There aren’t any ports on top, but the bottom features a USB-C port as well as a headphone jack. Next to those two items is a small speaker grille.
Around the back we see, at least on this model, a single camera positioned above the fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy S9+, however, is expected to ship with a dual-camera setup. Aside from that, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will also have dual-LED flash and laser autofocus aligned to the right of the camera module. Overall, this render does indicate the Galaxy S9 won’t usher in a new era for Samsung. The vibe we’re getting is that the company wants to improve upon what’s working before taking a risk again.
We’re waiting on invites from Samsung for a launch event, but they probably won’t be send out until late January or early February. Expect the Galaxy S9 to debut in late February at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. Samsung’s rumored to be bringing its next flagship to the global trade show.