Samsung Galaxy S9 latest news, rumors: Fingerprint sensor moved to new location?

(Olixar)A rendered image of Olixar's protective casing for the Samsung Galaxy S9

A new image added to the speculations that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will dedicate a better location for its fingerprint scanner.

According to a CNet report, an early render of mobile phone case maker Olixar's protective casing for the Galaxy S9+ showed a notable space, good enough to accommodate dual vertical cameras plus a fingerprint reader directly below. Olixar's clear casing also showed the device to be free of buttons in front, narrow bezels, and the physical buttons on both sides for the power, volume, and the Bixby feature.

"As the fingerprint sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S9 is right next to the rear camera, without a case you risk brushing the camera when you're going for the sensor - perhaps causing smudging, scuff marks or even damage," read the Olixar casing's official description. "The Olixar Ultra-Thin case offers bespoke cutouts for the rear camera and the fingerprint sensor - allowing you to 'feel' your way to the sensor without even going anywhere near your rear camera," it went on to say.

Interestingly, the case maker's renders, which were first spotted on the Mobile Fun retailer website, also suggest that only the Galaxy S9+ will get the dual camera treatment at the back, while the regular Galaxy S9 only enjoying a single camera setup. This, however, is not yet set in stone, as Samsung has yet to announce anything concrete about the two devices' specs and key features.

Earlier this week, new images from OnLeaks were posted via Twitter showing a smartphone believed to be the Samsung Galaxy S9. The device looked very similar to the Galaxy S8, with the Infinity Display and a near bezel-less screen. IndiaToday noted, however, that the images showed only a single-camera setup on the back of the phone.

If the rumors and speculations based on the leaked images prove to be true, then it will only be the Galaxy S9+ that will sport a dual-camera setup. This will add more value to its steeper price tag compared to the regular Galaxy S9 version.