Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus flagship devices have seemingly become the subject of a new leak, with their front panels squarely in focus. The leak was posted to Twitter by Ice universe. Many sources have pointed to the Galaxy S9 series as being an incremental update over it's predecessors, and the front panel photos in this leak seem to add some credence to those rumors. Despite the vast similarities, there are a few minor, yet interesting differences that bear a mention.
The panels on show here look extremely similar to the ones on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, though the presence of multiple transparent areas on the top bezel betray the possibility of dual front cameras being included on the new handsets. If this is too be the case, one camera will likely be a different type than the other; there is only one camera cutout on the top bezel. Looking at the top bezel of the two panels, we also see a single earpiece grill with no speaker grill in the bottom bezel. Presumably, this means that the speakers will be housed in the bottom of the device again, just like in 2017's model. One rather eye-catching change is the fact that the larger model seems to be just a bit wider than last year's Plus variant, approaching the proportions of a more contemporary model. With bezels of the same thickness as the smaller phone, the additional width makes them look even thinner. It is quite possible, however, that the two phones will retain the same proportions and screen sizes as their predecessors.
Rumors about the Galaxy S9 family thus far have pointed to a a continuation of Samsung's recent history with flagship device release patterns. Both phones are supposedly going to be powered by Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 845 chipset, and have been said to bear 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Naturally, the availability of upgraded variants is a possibility. Strong camera performance is expected, but no solid specs have come to light just yet. Dual rear cameras have been mentioned in some rumors, with the fingerprint sensor moved below them instead of beside them in order to make it easier to reach. This detail runs against recent renders. On the whole, the Galaxy S9 and its larger Plus variant aren't looking terribly different from their predecessors, but that may change.