Samsung will be unveiling its 2018 flagship, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, in February next year. The launch will come just months after the iPhone X went on sale.
A late February launch timeline means that we will likely see Samsung unveil the Galaxy S9 at MWC 2018 which starts from February 26. After the initial unveiling in February, Samsung would be releasing the device in most markets of the world in March. For comparison, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ saw a delayed unveiling in late March and hit the stores only in April thanks to the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco before that.
Samsung’s last major flagship release was the Galaxy Note 8 in September this year. The launch of the upcoming Galaxy S9 is an important one for the Korean company as it would allow it to continue its momentum and ensure it does not lose ground to the $999 iPhone X which has been in high demand despite its steep price tag.
Rumors point to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ coming with modest improvements and minimal design changes. Despite Samsung’s best efforts and the Galaxy S9 launching a few months after the iPhone X, the handset will not come with an in-display fingerprint scanner as Samsung still needs some more time to work on it. Samsung, however, will be improving the iris scanner on the device by using a higher resolution sensor for improved accuracy. It would also be enhancing its software to reduce the overall unlock times.
Similar to the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the Galaxy S9 will also feature a vertical camera layout at the rear with the fingerprint scanner being moved to a more ergonomic friendly location as well. Taking another cue from Apple, Samsung will be reserving the dual-camera setup to the bigger Galaxy S9+ with the smaller Galaxy S9 only coming with a single camera setup. The overall design of the handset is going to remain the same as the Galaxy S8 with only some tweaks thrown in here and there. The internals, however, will see some major improvements including a switch to a Snapdragon 845 chip, 4K@60fps video recording capabilities, an improved rear camera, Portrait mode, improved battery life and more.[Via Bloomberg]