The Galaxy S9 will have an unprecedented screen-to-body ratio, SamMobile reported on Thursday, citing an anonymous industry insider who claims up to 90 percent of the front panel of Samsung's next Android flagship will be covered by its screen. The rumor suggests that Samsung made another major technological breakthrough, having already delivered the highest screen-to-body ratio in the industry with the Galaxy S8 Plus whose front was 84 percent screen. While the company was later beaten by Essential and its PH-1 that has a screen-to-body ratio of 84.9 percent, it appears that Samsung may be on the verge of not just taking that title back but establishing a much more convincing lead in this segment than it previously had.
The first somewhat credible sighting of the Galaxy S9 came in the form of several protective case renders earlier this week, with one insider claiming that the device depicted in them will have an even thinner top bezel despite the leaked image showing a nearly bezel-free handset already. With Samsung having a rich history of innovation in the mobile industry, the possibility that the Galaxy S9 lineup breaks the world's screen-to-body ratio record of a commercial smartphone is far from implausible. The company's latest flagship duo slightly differed in this regard, with the smaller Galaxy S8 having 83.6 percent of its front panel dedicated to the 18.5:9 Infinity Display, 0.4 percentage points less than the Galaxy S8 Plus. The Galaxy Note 8 was actually a small step back in this regard, featuring a screen-to-body ratio of 83.2 percent. Samsung hasn't been advertising specific percentages while promoting the bezel-free aesthetic adopted by its latest Android flagships, but that may change should the company manage to deliver a device with nearly non-existent bezels.
According to latest reports, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will be showcased earlier than expected, with the South Korean phone maker supposedly planning on revealing them at the latest iteration of CES taking place in mid-January. The duo is still likely to be officially launched closer to MWC 2018 that starts in late February and should be on sale come spring, with the 5.8-inch model supposedly having 4GB of RAM, whereas the 6.2-inch handset is alleged to ship with 6GB of RAM.