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Galaxy S9 rumored to feature a modular design

Many companies have tried to embrace modular design for their smartphones. They enable customers to enhance the functionality of their smartphones by purchasing additional modules that perform a specific function.

We’ve seen modules for enhancing camera capabilities and the sound experience from other manufacturers. Samsung hasn’t done something like this as yet but if a new rumor is to be believed, the company might be considering a modular design for the Galaxy S9.

Its implementation of the modular design is said to be similar to Motorola’s Moto Z line. If that’s true, the Galaxy S9 will have magnetic pins at the back which will be used to attach external modules easily.

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone also uses a similar modular design. It relies on magnetic pins for external modules, one of them being a 360-degree camera. The modules not only enhance functionality but they also generate more revenues for the company.

It’s still far too early to be sure of anything as far as the Galaxy S9 is concerned. We’re bound to hear a lot more rumors about this handset before it’s due next year. Samsung is said to be mulling the modular design idea right now and hasn’t approved it as yet so it may or may not make the cut.

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Not so popular kid
Not so popular kid

Wouldn’t this mean you could just slap some more ram on there, a new CPU, camera, storage maybe some more buttons

Shimy
Shimy

Seems to me like they should wait a bit to see if Essential is successful with this before they do go with a modular design.

Google ended it’s modular project Aria smartphone.
Motorola didn’t have much success with the Moto Mods.
LG failed completely with the LG Friends for the G5.

What makes Samsung think they can pull it off? they should wait to see not only if the Essential phone is successful, but also if it’s accessories sell well.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

exactly. no one wants to buy half a product, which is basically what you’re saying when you do this modular design. “yeah the phone is good, but its better if you spend money on more of these ridiculously priced accessories” or “for the full experience, get a ‘Mod'” just doesn’t sound good.

warlockba
warlockba

Well, since there is nothing new on the market they have to change something if they want more money than they are already grabbing. And the “want the better experience, get a mod from us” is the right direction. You will soon pay 1k$ for a phone, which can do half what the old 400-500$ phones could do, but nobody remembers those, as those were “ugly” … and then for music you’ll pay 100$, camera 200$ … etc. epic no? To quote somebody’s paradigm “let’s make phones great again!” (not more expensive and less useful).

billywongwashere
billywongwashere

Most important is make sure the performance is top notch with no lag, great display, excellent upgraded camera with optical zoom, bigger battery, dual speakers, excellent design and build quality first. The s8 has been a great phone in terms of size (hope they don’t make the s9 width or depth thicker) , screen and performance (though 6gb ram should have been standard). Though would be great if they can reduce the top and bottom black boarders. The modular aspect will be a gimmick unless it has something useful like a camera extension for better lens and optical zoom. A… Read more »

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

All I want is a flat display and a compact size. Which I won’t be getting from Samsung.

martindale
martindale

You beat me to it! Here’s hoping for a flat screen ‘module’.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

please don’t. just make a great phone, no body cares about thinness anymore.

Not so popular kid
Not so popular kid

Now we want day THICC battery