Official renders for Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ have leaked. Shock: they give the impression of being an entire lot just like the Galaxy S8.

The renders come courtesy of ever-reliable leaker Evan Blass in a submit for VentureBeat. Although they solely exhibit the entrance of the system, it does appear to point the Bixby button is right here to remain. Sighs. Hopefully you’ll formally be capable to remap it, however I’m not holding my breath.

Earlier this week, the corporate despatched out official invitations for its unpacked occasion, clearly hinting an improved digicam. The invitation reads “The Digicam. Reimagined.” Not precisely refined.

Blass goes right into a bit extra element on among the updates. Each fashions will be capable to shoot slow-mo video at 480fps, excess of the usual 120 or 240, at 720p. However maybe extra attention-grabbing is the brand new variable aperture, permitting the primary digicam to modify between f2.four and f1.5 apertures.

Credit score: Evan Blass/VentureBeat

That’s notable as a result of it will point out the primary time we’ve seen a variable aperture on a significant smartphone. In concept, the telephone would use the f2.four aperture when there’s loads of mild and sharpness is the precedence. It might then swap to the f1.5 aperture with a view to obtain shallower depth of discipline for portraits or macros, in addition to for higher  low mild efficiency on the expense of some sharpness.

F1.5 would even be the widest aperture we’ve ever seen on a smartphone, although as we’ve written earlier than, that doesn’t actually imply a lot with out realizing the sensor dimension. Fortunately, Samsung has a historical past of utilizing among the largest smartphone sensors round, however we’ll see when the time comes.

Much less lucky is Samsung’s option to apparently cripple the smaller mannequin,  the primary time it’s completed so because it began promoting two sizes. Whereas the S9+ will include 128 GB of storage, 6GB of RAM, and twin cameras, the smaller mannequin will ‘solely’ have 64 GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, and the only shooter. However hey, at the least Samsung is placing the fingerprint sensor in an affordable place this time.

Samsung will reveal the system at its Unpacked occasion on February 25, and the system is predicted to start transport on March 16, which simply so occurs to be the date on the renders.

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