It has only been seven months since Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S8 smartphone, but rumours are already circling about its successor, the Galaxy S9.
While the new rumours suggest there could a number of new features, it looks like Samsung is set to drop a key feature from its upcoming smartphone.
The Galaxy S9 is likely to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress event which is happening in February 2018. With the exception of the Galaxy S8, the event is where Samsung typically unveils its new Galaxy smartphone.
— Tech Station (@techstationit) October 31, 2017
According to the latest rumour, Samsung will follow the lead of rivals Apple and Google and remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Galaxy S9 and S9+.
And the rumours that the upcoming smartphones may not feature a headphone jack have been met with fierce criticism from people commenting on social media.
@Samsung this whole 'Galaxy S9 has no headphone jack' thing better be BS.
— Chloe Marie (@chloemariestan) September 17, 2017
Google Pixel 2: no headphone jack
Xiaomi MI Mix 2: no headphone jack
the LG G6 has one but I pray that the Galaxy S9 won't follow that trend
— The Living Tombstone (@LivingTombstone) October 5, 2017
@SamsungMobile there is rumor going round saying that the upcoming galaxy S9 and S9+ won't have a headphone jack. I hope it's just a joke???
— Frezel Obak' (@frezel91) October 30, 2017
Increasingly, manufacturers are removing the headphone jack from smartphones, which by doing so they say frees up room for other components.
This has resulted in some to speculate that Samsung will remove the headphone jack in order to embed a fingerprint sensor into the bottom of the screen.
Elsewhere the Galaxy S9 is tipped to include a new 3D depth sensing front facing camera which will include facial recognition capabilities.
The feature will be used to unlock the device and process contactless payments, similar the new technology featured on the iPhone X.
Meanwhile, Forbes has reported on renders of the Galaxy S9 created by designer Benjamin Geskin based on recent rumours.
The renders reveal a device with a curved screen that almost entirely fits the front of the smartphone and which includes even smaller bezels than on the Galaxy S8.
However, it is on the reverse of the device where the S9 is rumoured to see some of the biggest changes.
According to Geskin’s render the S9 could include vertically aligned rear dual cameras, flash and fingerprint sensor, which would make the sensor much more accessible than on the Galaxy S8.
Anyway, this likely to be the first of many rumours and ‘leaked’ images between now and when the Galaxy S9 is actually released.