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The Samsung Galaxy S9 is rumored to have an impressive 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S9 have been popping up left and right, and a leaked render for the “Plus” model even surfaced earlier this week. Now, a new rumor is claiming that the Galaxy S9 may arrive next year with a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.

An anonymous source claims that the top bezel on the Samsung Galaxy S9 may be narrower than what is shown on the recently leaked case render of the phone, according to SamMobile. The site’s tipster claims that the screen-to-body ratio of the Galaxy S9 may be as high as 90 percent.

For those who may be unaware, screen-to-body ratio refers to the amount of area which the screen takes up from the entire device. For the Samsung Galaxy S8+, it has a screen-to-body ratio of around 84 percent. Samsung doesn’t give an official number on the screen-to-body ratio of its devices, but the number is widely used by reviewers and numerous other news sites.

Aside from making the top bezel on the Galaxy S9 narrower, the source also claims that the bottom bezel of the handset will be close to “non-existent.” The tipster didn’t say anything specific other than that, but it seems like the bottom part of the S9 will have a very thin bezel to the point where it looks like it’s all-screen. Perhaps it might look something similar to the Apple iPhone X, which features an extremely thin bezel at the bottom of its display.

What remains unclear at this point is whether the company will try to reduce the bezels on the side of the Galaxy S9. The side bezels of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are already incredibly thin since their displays are curved to the side. It’s really hard to imagine that Samsung would be able to make those side bezels even thinner.

A lot of manufacturers are trying to completely eliminate bezels from their smartphones and it looks like Samsung is no exception. If the South Korean company is truly able to deliver a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio on the galaxy S9, it would certainly make it more appealing to consumers who are looking for the ultimate all-screen, bezel-less smartphone.

A 90 percent screen-to-body ratio isn’t impossible. Xiaomi’s Mi Mix (2016) and Mi Mix 2 (2017) both feature a 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. Although the Galaxy S9 may not offer the same figure, it would still be an impressive feat. It would also beat the 82.9 percent screen-to-body ratio of the Apple iPhone X, which is Samsung’s biggest threat right now.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 doesn’t have an official release date yet, but it’s rumored to make its first appearance at CES 2018 in January. VentureBeat’s Evan Blass claims that the S9 will be a “tock” model, meaning that it will only feature some iterative upgrades from the Galaxy S8 and S8+. It’s also rumored that the dual cameras first introduced on the Galaxy Note 8 will come to the Galaxy S9+, while the regular S9 will only have a single rear-facing camera.