Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Design Outed by Case Maker, Animoji-Like Avatars Tipped

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have been outed in yet another set of renders, this time courtesy accessories maker Dbrand. The renders reveal the front and back panel of both phones. According to the images, both phones are expected to sport a fingerprint sensor below the rear camera setup. Additionally, the Galaxy S9 is seen to have a single rear camera, while the Galaxy S9+ has a dual camera setup. Another leak from Twitter also confirms this distinction. Apart from that, the selfie camera might feature Animoji-like animated stickers.

Dbrand has started taking pre-orders for skins and wraps for the Galaxy S9 series. According to the renders seen on the website, the design of the Galaxy S9 is similar to last year’s Galaxy S8. The only visible differences are a dual rear camera setup on the Galaxy S9+ and the fingerprint sensor vertical placement on both.

A tweet by tipster Evan Blass on Saturday also hinted towards the same rear setup on the Galaxy S9 series. Blass also cited sources suggesting Animoji-like “animated avatars” that can be generated using the selfie mode on both the phones. Details around that are currently unknown.

Separately, some reports have suggested a price hike for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. It is rumoured that the Galaxy S9 duo will be the most expensive phones in the Galaxy S flagship range, priced upwards of KRW 9,50,000 (roughly Rs. 56,600).

To recap the rumours, the Samsung Galaxy S9 series might be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC in US and China, and a Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC in other international markets (including India). A 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant is expected for the Galaxy S9+; a 512GB premium variant is also speculated to launch. The camera will get a major upgrade. Some expected features are variable aperture of f/1.5 – f/2.4, ‘Super Speed’ mode, ‘Super Slow-mo mode’, Intelligent Scan, integrated iris scanner etc.

Everything is expected to be revealed at the Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event on February 25.