If you thought you knew a lot about Samsung’s radical new Galaxy S9 (dual cameras, super skinny bezels, more power, new colors) you might be in for a shock. Two of the most reliable leakers have delivered nasty surprises which pile on the misery…
‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.
First up is Ice Universe, who has a very strong track record having been the first to nail the Galaxy Note 8 design and delivered the first real world photos of the Galaxy S8. In a new tweet Ice Universe states the radical Galaxy S9 design which excited so many has been “killed” as it didn’t pass Samsung internal tests.
Instead a more moderate Galaxy S9 backup model will be released which has “almost the same” design as the Galaxy S8. And the illustration in his tweet makes makes this painfully clear.
What’s more OnLeaks, one of the biggest and most reliable leakers in the game, has backed up Ice Universe by delivering 3D renders which show both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus retaining almost identical bezels to their predecessors. And it gets worse from there.
The renders also show Samsung is set to break from tradition and differentiate the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus by more than screen size and battery capacity. Adopting perhaps the worst part of Apple’s iPhone strategy, OnLeaks renders show Samsung will separate the new Galaxy smartphones’ photography giving the smaller Galaxy S9 just a single camera while the larger Galaxy S9 Plus will have dual cameras.
Meanwhile neither leaker makes any mention of the hotly anticipated ‘Galaxy S9 Mini’ which looked set to offer a lifeline to users who want a premium device in a smaller body.
The fact both Ice Universe and OnLeaks are in such close agreement over what are largely negative developments is not good news and their track records mean we should take them seriously. It’s possible Samsung’s biggest design efforts have prioritised its upcoming folding ‘Galaxy X’ and midrange smartphone overhaul, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it…