- Although Samsung has not yet confirmed the existence of its Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus handsets, they might just be the reason for Samsung’s numero uno position in the smartphone market in 2018. While there have been several leaks and rumours about the duo in the past few weeks, a new leaked image of Galaxy S9’s back panel has this time showed its rear camera and fingerprint sensor setup.
The image shared by Techtastic.nl website shows a cutout, which at first seem to incorporate dual rear cameras. However, this may not be true as the website says that the cut out is for the single rear camera and a fingerprint sensor.
Another attention-grabbing change seen in the image is that of the fingerprint sensor at the back will be shifted below the rear camera instead of the side. In case you were wondering, Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ come with fingerprint sensor placed adjacent to the rear camera setup.
There won’t be an on-screen fingerprint sensor after all
The upcoming Galaxy smartphones may not feature on-screen fingerprint sensors this time as well. Recently Synaptics, the company that manufactures touch controllers, display drivers, etc. announced that it has successfully made an on-screen fingerprint sensor. It even mentioned that the technology is already in mass production with one of the top five smartphone manufacturers.
Although the firm did not reveal the name of the manufacturer, several critics on the web assumed it to be Samsung, given that the company was rumoured to bring this tech this year.
Popular analyst, Patrick Moorhead confirmed that the ‘manufacturer’ was not Samsung by tweeting that he has tested the on-screen fingerprint sensor in a Vivo device, which also happens to be one of the top five smartphone vendors in the world.
Here are some pics @anshelsag and I took of the Vivo smartphone with the Synaptics in-display fingerprint reader. The CMOS image sensor is .7mm thick and reads the fingerprint right through the OLED display. The experience was faster than I expected. pic.twitter.com/u1NFpXtFQM
— Patrick Moorhead (@PatrickMoorhead) December 14, 2017
Samsung Galaxy S9+ shows up on GeekBench with some specifications
Some of the specifications also seem to have been revealed in a recent GeekBench benchmarking test result.
A Samsung smartphone codenamed ‘SM-G965U1’ was spotted in tests. The device is said to be the Galaxy S9+ as the Galaxy S8+ and the S7 Edge also came with ‘U’ and ‘5’ variables in their code names.
Based on the code name, the smartphone could be the Qualcomm Snapdragon version and an unlocked version for the US region.
In the test, the device gets a single core point of 2422 and a multi-core score of 8351. The smartphone was seen running Android 8.0 Oreo powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB onboard.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ launch date
As per a Bloomberg report, Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ will be launched at MWC 2018, which will take place in late February. This means the release date of the smartphones may probably fall in late March. We’ll probably get more details as the launch date comes close.