According to a ZDNet report, DJ Koh, Samsung’s mobile boss, confirmed that the company will launch its next flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Where they will also give more details on the phone, as well as the much waited foldable phone.
The report says Koh made the announcement at a press conference during the CES trade show in Las Vegas. While it doesn’t confirm the name being S9, we’d be surprised to see anything else from Samsung.
We predict that the launch will be on the 26th February (though we don’t have any actual information to support this) if this was the case, the retail launch could mean some countries could see supplies in early March. History suggests that the Galaxy S9 (and, presumably, the Galaxy S9+) would then go on sale some time in late March or early April, though an exact release date is still unknown.
If we believe the specifications listed by Geekbench, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ will be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, though the recently unveiled Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC can be expected in most regional variants. Among the two, the Galaxy S9+ is rumoured to have 6GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. The bigger variant in the new Galaxy S family is also reported to have a dual camera setup. Nevertheless, both the Galaxy S models are likely to come with a 3.5mm headphone jack – the one that has not been a part of the latest Google Pixel family and the iPhone range.
Besides the Galaxy S9, Koh reportedly said that Samsung will launch the next iteration of its much-maligned Bixby voice assistant this year and that it’s looking to launch its long-rumored “foldable” smartphone some time in 2019.
– 5.8in / 6.2in QHD+ Super AMOLED curved display (570ppi / 529ppi)
– Android 8.0
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (US) / Samsung Exynos (UK)
– 4GB RAM / 6GB RAM
– 64GB/128GB / 64GB/128GB/256GB storage
– Cat 18 LTE support (1.2Gbps download speeds)
– Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
– Single lens rear-facing camera / Vertical dual rear-facing camera
– Bixby AI assistant with dedicated button
– USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
– Updated DeX docking station
Unknown at present. Likely this information will be shared with us at the MWC next month
There’s no word yet on pricing for the new flagship Galaxy S and S Plus. If anything like the S8, expect handsets to fetch around £689 and £779 SIM-free.
We will, of course keep you updated on what happens next, be sure to check our social media pages for updates and offers on the new Samsung S range when it launches.