Two real-life images depicting what appears to be Samsung's Galaxy S9 emerged online earlier today, having been found on Facebook, shared by Vietnamese smartphone repair shop Cườngmobile. The photographs seen above seem to show one of the pre-production units of Samsung's next Android flagship with a Midnight Black finish. The leak reveals the device from both sides, adding even more credence to countless reports that the Galaxy S9 will retain the single-camera setup of the Galaxy S8. Its rear plate is still somewhat different than that of its predecessor, with the fingerprint reader now being oriented horizontally and placed beneath the phablet's lens, with that design choice presumably being made to make the sensor easier to reach. The overall shape of the scanner remains unchanged, whereas its old position is now occupied by a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash unit and a heart rate monitor, with that particular placement being reminiscent of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
A physical Bixby button is still part of the package, situated beneath a volume rocker on the left edge of the handset, the leak reveals. The front shot of the handset depicts its boot screen with Knox branding that was also present on regular variants of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Samsung's mobile security solution should already be optimized for Android 8.0 Oreo, with both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus being expected to run firmware based on that particular OS version out of the box. The slim top bezel of the handset is shown as featuring a single camera, whereas its Edge Display doesn't seem any shallower, i.e. less curved than the one on the Galaxy S8 series like some previous renders suggested.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will be officially announced on Sunday and should begin retailing on a global level in the second half of March, with their last rumored release date being March 16. As was the case with Samsung's previous additions to the Galaxy S lineup, the upcoming flagships are expected to enjoy significant commercial success and will likely outsell all of their Android-powered competitors released over the course of this year.