Whereas Apple uses the Fall to announce new iPhones, Samsung prefers to release new Galaxies in the Spring. And with a press event scheduled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Feb. 25, it looks like 2018 will be no different.
Here’s what we expect to see in the Galaxy S9.
Last year’s Galaxy S8 featured one of Samsung’s most radical redesigns, with the electronics giant becoming one of the first major manufacturers to release a phone that covered nearly the entirety of the front with a screen (what Samsung calls the “infinity display”).
Like the Galaxy S7 to the S6 in 2016, rumors point to this year’s design looking a lot like last year’s.
VentureBeat’s Evan Blass reports that Samsung will once again launch two flagship Galaxies, the Galaxy S9 and S9+. The S9 will feature a 5.8-inch display while the S9+ will keep the 6.2-inch screen, both the same sizes as the S8 and S8+.
In its invitation for the upcoming S9 launch, Samsung makes it pretty clear the new phones will be boosting improved optics. And according to recent teasers and reports, this is indeed going to be the biggest differentiator from last year’s phones.
Both the S9 and S9+ will sport rear 12-megapixel cameras, the ability to capture videos in super slow motion as well as a variable aperture that will presumably offer greatly improved low-light performance.
Pricing and release date
When it comes to the Galaxy S9’s pricing and release, well, things are looking like a bit of a mixed bag.
The good news: Blass reports that the phone will be available for pre-orders on March 1, with a release roughly two weeks later on March 16.
A new report on Monday from German website Winfuture.de has Samsung moving even faster, with pre-orders starting on Sunday and the phones being released on March 8.