Samsung Galaxy S9 could be available to buy by February 2018, according to a new report
Samsung Galaxy S9 will purportedly be announced on-stage at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) tradeshow next year, sources claim.
Mobile World Congress will run from February 26th to March 1st 2018.
Samsung typically starts to sell its latest flagship handset in stores across the UK, Korea, Europe, and the United States, in the months following the announcement.
For example, the Galaxy S8 was unveiled in March, but was not available in some markets until May.
However, that could change with the Galaxy S9.
A new leak from prominent case manufacturer Olixar suggests Samsung will release the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ earlier than expected.
The third-party accessory manufacturer has already launched a pre-order page for its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ cases.
Despite the fact Samsung has yet to confirm the existence of the new Galaxy, customers can now place an order for a case.
According to Mobile Fun, case manufacturer Olixar claims the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be available buy on February 28th.
If the information is accurate, that’s a much faster turnaround than previous Galaxy launches.
Samsung has yet to confirmed the existence of the phone, but customers can already order a case
The images included on the Olixar pre-order page appear to confirm a number of rumours around the upcoming phone.
Galaxy S9 is tipped to be an iterative update on its predecessor, Galaxy S8, which received numerous awards this past year.
Out of the box, the new flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are widely-rumoured to be near-identical to its predecessor.
Samsung had planned to tweak the design by pushing the edge-to-edge display even further than last year, however, this was purportedly scrapped because of technical difficulties.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will purportedly sport the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch dual-curved, edge-to-edge Super AMOLED “Infinity Display” as the Galaxy S8 and S8+, respectively.
Samsung is tipped to make incremental upgrades to the cameras on the Galaxy S9
Both models will keep the 3.5mm headphone port – something previously rumoured to have been ditched in favour of USB-C headphones.
Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will keep the Bixby button, which was introduced last year alongside the artificial assistant of the same name.
However, there will be some changes to the new handsets.
According to sources speaking to VentureBeat, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will both include built-in AKG stereo speakers this time around.
Samsung has yet to really leverage its acquisition of Harman International – the parent company behind premium audio brands like AKG, JBL and Harman/Kardon – which it bought in March 2017.
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The inclusion of AKG stereo speakers should dramatically improve the performance of the built-in speakers.
As shown in the leaked images, the Galaxy S9+ is also tipped to include the same dual-camera set-up that debuted with the Galaxy Note 8 earlier this year.
The Note 8 included two 12-megapixel cameras, both fitted with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS).
There is a wide-angle and telephoto lens, which enables the phone to zoom to 2x without losing quality.
It also enables a DSLR-style depth of field effect in portrait photos.