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We should get ready for a boring Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship to get a boring successor
Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship
The Samsung Galaxy S9 could enter mass production next month and will leave drastic design changes aside, featuring a dual-camera setup, an improved processor, as well as a repositioned fingerprint reader. On top of these, we should also get ready for a 4-inch Galaxy S9 Mini.

No matter how much some people dislike Samsung, nobody can deny that the Galaxy S8 family looks very good. However, there are a few things that the brand's detractors can complain about, such as the fragile back or the lack of a dual-camera setup, not to mention the availability problems of the 6 GB RAM/128 GB storage variant. While the Galaxy S9 is apparently going to improve upon its predecessor in many areas, it looks like those waiting for radical design changes will be disappointed.

According to Evan Blass, the next-gen Galaxy flagships will be a "tock" family of devices, unlike the "tick" Galaxy S8 lineup with its new display and the introduction of the (repeatedly delayed) Bixby virtual assistant. The "tick" and "tock" terms are often used to describe the changes in a new family of products and were introduced to follow the evolution of Intel's chips since 2007. In the meantime, the tick&tock duo has also been used quite often to describe the upgrade/optimization cycle of the mobile flagships by Apple or Samsung.

Although the Galaxy S9 is not going to change the existing design and will probably keep the same display as the Galaxy S8, it is rumored to come with an improved processor, a dual-camera setup on the back, and a repositioned fingerprint reader.

Some insiders familiar with the matter revealed that Samsung is working on an AI-driven user interface known as Galaxy Ai UX, but they could not say if the Galaxy S9 is supposed to launch with it or not. A facial recognition technology similar to Apple's Face ID might also be in the cards, but given the issues encountered by it recently, Samsung might want to skip that, at least for now.

A 4-inch Galaxy S9 Mini might also come as an answer to Apple's successful iPhone SE, revealed investment information firm Valuewalk last week. However, they did not come up with any evidence, so the compact Galaxy S9 rumor should be taken with a grain of salt for the time being.

At last, we should also mention that other fresh rumors claim that the Galaxy S9 might enter production in December, so it is possible to see the new flagship launching during the next year's Mobile World Congress, at the end of February.


Evan Blass (on Twitter)


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-11-22 (Update: 2017-11-22)