Samsung is expected to unveil Galaxy S9 and S9+, the successors to Galaxy S8 and S8+ early next year. The South Korean smartphone maker is expected to retain the same design like its predecessor but bring improvements in terms of performance and battery life.
Samsung was initially tipped to showcase the next-generation Galaxy smartphone to its retail partners at CES next month. However, it has now confirmed to The Korea Herald that it is unlikely to stick to that timeframe. The smartphone is expected to be showcased during the Mobile World Congress in February or at company’s own event in March. Samsung had launched the Galaxy S5, S6 and S7 at MWC while Galaxy S8 was launched at a special event in New York and London.
Samsung’s confirmation comes amidst several media reports suggesting the company will launch S9 at Consumer Electronics in January to better compete with Apple’s flagship iPhone X. Samsung emerged as a formidable challenger to Apple’s latest flagship due to delayed launch and supply constraints with iPhone X. Apple has lost market share in key markets and Samsung wants to maintain the growth momentum.
With Galaxy S9, Samsung is expected to offer the same Infinity Display design but with even thinner bezels. The Galaxy S9 series is expected to reach 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, suggesting the front could be almost entirely made of glass.
Samsung was initially planning to introduce an in-display fingerprint sensor with Galaxy S9 but has now pushed it to Galaxy Note 9 due to technical limitation. The smartphone is said to feature a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor placed underneath the dual camera system, addressing criticism of Galaxy S8 users who found the existing fingerprint sensor hard to reach.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will likely be the first smartphones to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset and feature optically stabilised dual camera setup. It will run Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung’s own customisation but the company is not providing any information about the product.