We’ve already seen leaked images purporting to show the front-side of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 flagship, which is poised to be the company’s first high-end smartphone of 2018. The S9 will go head-to-head with current, high-end devices like Apple’s iPhone X when it’s unveiled later on this month..
Although Samsung doesn’t really seem to have a problem with leaks of this kind (and is perhaps responsible for them), what we’re feasting our eyes on this morning appear to be the real deal.
If indeed they are authentic, the photos interestingly reveal how the S9 family will try to emulate some of iPhone X’s most acclaimed features..
Published to Twitter this morning by famed and historically spot-on serial leaker, Evan Blass (@evleaks), the images allegedly show Samsung’s Galaxy S9 alongside its slightly larger sibling, the S9+, adorned in what appears to be the company’s signature ‘Lilac Purple’ color.
…in Lilac Purple. pic.twitter.com/p506mqDci4
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 5, 2018
Given Samsung’s rich and colorful history of copying basically everything Apple does, these iPhone X-esque features shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. For example, the Galaxy S9+ (with its vertically-oriented dual-lens camera system, cough, cough) represents a clear shift in Samsung’s design language which ostensibly knocks off the iPhone X (save for its centralized location on the back of the handset).
Interestingly, though Samsung was rumored to be among several Android OEMs looking to source 3D camera components for their next flagships, the company appears to have implemented only a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor around back — though the sensor appears to have been repositioned to below the camera instead of being beside it on the S8, S8+ and Note 8.
In lieu of a next-generation Face ID-copying 3D camera, Samsung is expected to equip the S9 and S9+ with its current-generation Iris scanner to handle biometric security.
While broader details remain shrouded in secrecy for now, the S9 and S9+ are slated to boast either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 (market dependent), 6 GB of RAM, and run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
Color options will reportedly include Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue, and the lovely Lilac Purple we see here.
Samsung is scheduled to unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+ on February 25 — just a day ahead of 2018’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), which is scheduled to run from February 26 through March 2 in Barcelona, Spain.