Samsung Confirms Galaxy S9 Launch Date

DJ Koh, President of Samsung’s mobile business, has confirmed that the company will launch its next flagship smartphone at MWC 2018, according to a report from tech news site ZDNet. The announcement was reportedly made at the CES event, where Samsung has already unveiled some of its upcoming products.

It was previously rumored that the Galaxy S9 would make a brief appearance at CES but that hasn’t happened yet. The company has instead announced an impressive modular TV called The Wall. Samsung did not launch the Galaxy S8 at last year’s event, announcing it weeks later. Before that, the Galaxy S phones had made several appearances at the event.

The Galaxy S9 has not been unveiled by the company but there have been several leaks and rumors about the upcoming device. A leak earlier today from Ice Universe showed photos of the Galaxy S9. The recent leaks hint at a similar design from last year’s release. The pictures from Ice Universe show yet again that there probably won’t be major changes.

The pictures come just weeks after case listings showed what may be the final design of the Galaxy S9. The first case listing came from smartphone and tablet accessory company Olixar. The cases showed the two versions of the phone, with little changes to last year’s release.

The biggest change from the Galaxy S9 and S9+ appears to be only on the back. The smaller Galaxy S9 has one single rear camera on the case listing while the S9+ has dual rear cameras. The fingerprint sensor is now located right under the camera on both devices instead of the side like we saw with the Galaxy S8 and Note 8.

According to the Ice Universe tweet, which shows a picture of two Galaxy S9 designs, the one with more screen on the bottom did not pass the test. Another case listing from phone accessory company Ghostek showed a Galaxy S9 similar to the one seen on Olixar’s case listing.

Here are the rumored specs of the Galaxy S9:

  • 5.8-inch display for the Galaxy S9 and 6.2-inch display for the Galaxy S9+.
  • 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 4GB RAM/128GB storage for the Galaxy S9. 6GB RAM/128GB storage and 6GB RAM/256GB storage for the Galaxy S9+.
  • Dual rear cameras for the Galaxy S9+.
  • Snapdragon 845 processor.
  • Headphone jack.