An image depicting what’s understood to be a member of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 family appeared online over the weekend, having been shared on Reddit. While the low-resolution nature and graphical artifacts of the leak seen above suggest it’s a screenshot, its ultimate source remains unclear. The device shown in the image appears to be in line with previous rumors about Samsung’s next Android flagship lineup, though the contents of the leak make it difficult to guess whether it’s the rumored 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 or the 6.2-inch Galaxy S9 Plus.
The sighting also gives more credence to recent reports that the Galaxy S9 lineup won’t feature significantly reduced bezels compared to the ones sported by the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, albeit the bottom bezel of the leaked handset does appear to be even smaller than the one on the 2017 flagships, as suggested by a comparison of the top and bottom edges of the spotted device. The screenshot is also yet another thing indicating Samsung is planning on equipping the Galaxy S9 series with a physical Bixby button situated beneath the volume rocker on the left side of the two flagships, though it doesn’t show much else. The sighted handset appears to be displaying the traditional introductory screen of devices running Android-based Samsung Experience software and isn’t equipped with a SIM card.
According to the vast majority of reports that emerged online in recent months, the biggest annual improvement offered by the Galaxy S9 lineup will be its system-on-chip of choice; Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 will power the models sold in the United States and China, whereas the international variants will feature Samsung’s own Exynos 9810. Both place a large focus on artificial intelligence applications such as machine learning and computer vision, with Samsung Foundry’s second-generation 10nm silicon also boasting clock speeds of up to 2.9GHz, a significant improvement over the 2.45GHz frequency at which the Exynos 8895 found inside the Galaxy S8 series peaked. The Galaxy S9 Plus is also said to sport some features that will be missing from the smaller Galaxy S9 and should come in the form of a dual-camera setup and 6GB of RAM. The upcoming smartphones are likely to debut in late February at MWC 2018 before going on sale in March.