You may think of Samsung as the company that’s surprisingly efficient in mimicking what Apple does with its iPhone lineup. To your credit, that’s a pretty well-founded notion given the company’s track record over the past decade-and-a-half. But that doesn’t mean the South Korean firm is not interested in having its own innovations.

If the word on the street is correct, the Galaxy maker plans to flaunt some innovative solutions in its next-generation flagship – the Galaxy S9. Now let’s be honest – we are all glad to hear that news, even if it’s speculative and should be taken with a pinch of salt. The reason is obvious – without any innovation, the Galaxy S9 would be just another Galaxy S8, albeit with slightly faster chips.

Samsung Galaxy S9

So what new innovation could Samsung introduce in the Galaxy S9?

Well, the answer probably lies in some form of biometric identification just like we saw Apple doing with the iPhone X. However, Samsung is expected to take a slightly different route by going for an on-screen fingerprint sensor. (Apple’s solution was to embrace facial recognition.)

News about the patent on this new technology first surfaced on LetsGoDigital earlier this last week, which analysts took as a clear indication that it is likely to appear on the S9. While the Korean patent was filed way back in 2016, the international patent was submitted in April of this year.

There are also reports that the Galaxy S9 could come with a 90% screen-to-body ratio, which is slightly larger than the 84% on the Galaxy S8. This falls in line with the ongoing smartphone design trend that’s biased toward smaller bezels and larger screens (or curved edges that hides the bezel out of sight).

While the transition to 90% screen-to-body ratio from the earlier 84% is not a drastic one, it may play a key role in helping the company to take the design approach in a whole new direction.

If rumors are to be believed, Samsung may even ditch the bottom chin completely while making the top bezel even narrower than the bottom bezel on the S8. That would probably make the Galaxy S9 look kind of similar to the Mi Mix 2. Worth noting that Apple already introduced a bezel-less display on the iPhone X, which probably explains Samsung’s ongoing efforts to reduce bezels to the absolute minimum.

Meanwhile, Samsung seems to be focusing on various other R&D projects to take on arch-rival Apple from a position of strength. These include batteries that can be recharged in as little as 12 minutes using graphene.

If Samsung pulls off this new technology, it could be up to 500% faster than the existing fast charging technologies.

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Shilpa has been associated with several leading sci & tech publications throughout her career as a journalist and columnist. Full-time foodie, semi-skilled musician, wannabe novelist.