You would certainly be forgiven if you looked at the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 side-by-side and mistook them for each other. Aside from new colors and phenomenal cameras, they are essentially the same design. Samsung has made some changes, such as slightly thinner bezels on the S9.

In press images and in person, the Galaxy S9’s bezels look about the same size as last year’s counterpart, and the same is true of the Galaxy S9+. "However", as SamMobile points out, "the size of the bezels on the top and bottom of each phone are actually a decent amount slimmer compared to last year."

For the smaller S9, the top bezel measures in at 8.18 mm, 0.48 mm thinner than the S8. On the bottom, that change is slightly more significant.. a 0.76 mm, measuring in at 6.96 mm in total.

The Galaxy S9+ sees similar changes. The top bezel lands at 8.21 mm with a 0.39 mm reduction, while the bottom bezel measures in at 6.99 mm. Impressively, that is a reduction of 1.01 mm. In both cases, the reduction in bezels actually brings the physical height of the phone down by 1.2 mm and 1.4 mm on the S9/ S9+ respectively.

As many have pointed out, Samsung has also tried to improve the illusion with the bezels by making the various elements stored there less visually distracting. The iris scanner, for example, is no longer visible unless it is actively being used. That is a great change.

Further, Samsung has actually made its 2018 flagship more durable compared to its predecessor. In short, this comes as the result of using a different type of aluminum. According to SamMobile, the company is using AL 7003 high-strength aluminum on the Galaxy S9 instead of the AL 6013 found on the S8.

Apparently, this new metal, which is also 0.2 mm thicker, transfers 1.2 times less shock to the rest of the phone. Small improvements might not save your phone in every situation, but even small changes like this undoubtedly make a difference when it comes to saving the screen from shattering.

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