In late 1979 Minolta revealed the XG-S. Outside Japan, this model was known as XG 9, and with its improvements, it addressed some weak points of the XG-E, which it replaced. Both bodies were available in chrome or black finish.
The XG-S has all the features of the XG-E, but with some changes:
The viewfinder shows the set aperture at the bottom
A stop down button is added
The new and much brighter "Acute Matte" focusing screen replaced the fresnel field screen