In late-breaking photo leak, Galaxy S9 bares it all

Samsung logoGerman site WinFuture has given us a ton more Galaxy S9 pictures to admire before the phone's launch next week. The pictures show everything we've been expecting: a phone that looks a lot like the existing Galaxy S8 but with a revised camera and fingerprint setup on the back.

Besides offering the most complete look yet at Samsung's next flagship, these pictures shoot down an odd regression shown in the earliest Galaxy S9 leaks. The early pictures shared by VentureBeat showed a Galaxy S9 with thicker side bezels than the Galaxy S8, and now it seems those were not accurate. These pictures show a design that seems to have the same slim side bezels as the Galaxy S8, which, as usual, will curve into the phone body.

Samsung Galaxy S9 и S9 Plus

The big change this year is an upgraded camera, which will feature a variable-aperture system. Just like a real camera, the Galaxy S9 will have a set of (super tiny) aperture blades that can open and close with the changing light level, switching between f/2.4 and 2/1.5 as needed. While both the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will have the variable-aperture camera, only the S9 Plus will have a second camera on the back.

The new camera layout moves the fingerprint reader lower down on the back of the device, which should be a plus. The size and location of the fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S8 was one of the device's biggest downsides, and while the sensor still seems too small to read a whole fingertip, it should be a bit easier to reach.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Other additions to the phone are a new speaker setup, where the earpiece functions as a second speaker along with the usual bottom-firing speaker. Samsung is also rumored to do its usual routine of copying Apple, with 3D emojis animated via the front camera and a 3D face-unlock system.

The Galaxy S9 event happens Sunday, February 25th in Spain.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Galaxy S9, Samsung, smartphones

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