CAD schematics highlight the miniscule design changes for the Galaxy S9

Peter, 31 January 2018

The Galaxy S9 will be a generation for refinement rather than revolution. The exterior design of the new phones has barely changed – comparing CAD schematics for both makes it plain to see.

For the most part, the S9 phones – both the small one and the Galaxy S9+ – will be differ by fractions of a millimeter compared to the S8 generation. The biggest change seems to be that the S9+ model will be 1.7mm shorter than its predecessor (we've included a table with dimensions at the bottom). The screen position, even the thickness of the earpiece have been nudged ever so slightly.

There will be one major change, however, a change for the better. The fingerprint reader on both phones is now positioned below the camera (much easier to reach) and, of course, the Galaxy S9+ will have a dual camera.

Despite no apparent change in the sensor array above the screen, the Galaxy S9 will reportedly have IntelligentScan - a combination of facial and iris scanning. It remains to be seen if this feature is mostly software-based or if there's new hardware behind the scenes.

(in mm) Height Width Thickness
Galaxy S8 148.9 68.1 8.0
Galaxy S9 147.6 68.7 8.4
Galaxy S8+ 159.5 73.4 8.1
Galaxy S9+ 157.7 73.8 8.5

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Reader comments

  • AnonD-725806
  • 05 Feb 2018
  • SrY

I think S9 is going to be the perfect size... Wanted the S8 to ba a bit thicker, wider and lower

  • Anonymous
  • 04 Feb 2018
  • 0FA

Great, I wanted S9 to be a little smaler and wider, thickness is a non issue. Looks perfect, can't wait.

  • AnonD-77443
  • 02 Feb 2018
  • Xsi

Yea.... Sure it did.

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