Samsung’s expected to stick to pretty much the same Galaxy S8 look for the Galaxy S9, with most of the upgrades coming under the hood. However, the brand may just change things up a by introducing a new 90% screen-to-body ratio.
To recall, the Galaxy S8 has an estimated 84% screen-to-body ratio. The switch to 90% would be a huge 6% jump for the Galaxy S9, translating into even narrower bezels. A source told SamMobile that the border along the bottom is set to get the axe, apparently becoming non-existent.
The top bezel of the Galaxy S9 won’t be as extreme since it still has to host a bunch of sensors, but it’ll likely be thinner than the Galaxy S8’s border. A previous case maker leak had indicated the same, so there’s a good chance the prediction will come to pass. Just don’t expect a notch like the iPhone X.
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As for the area on the left and right side of the handset, Samsung won’t have much to do there since there isn’t a lot to be cut because of how the Infinity display curves into the sides. All-in-all, the smartphone’s design sounds like a more refined version of its predecessor.
The Galaxy S9 will have to grapple with rivals like Apple, LG, and Xiaomi in the race to get the smallest border possible on a phone. The iPhone X especially poses a challenge with its notch-driven look, but a screen-to-body ratio of 90% would tip the Samsung device to more extreme heights.