Ready or not, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is coming.
The Korean electronics giant’s next flagship Android phone might be announced in February, according to a report from Bloomberg.
There were murmurs that Samsung would switch things up this year and reveal the Galaxy S9 at CES in January, instead of at its own “Unpacked” event a few months later. But it appears that may not happen. Samsung could still unveil another phone — perhaps the long-rumored foldable “Galaxy X” — at CES, though.
The Bloomberg report claims Samsung is expected to unveil two versions of the Galaxy S9 — a regular S9 and larger S9+, which sounds about right considering the company did the same for the last two years running with the S7 and S8.
The phones will reportedly come with “upgraded camera systems” and could launch as early as March.
Though there haven’t been any substantially damning leaks of the S9, there has been a good amount of smoke recently.
Rumors suggest the new phones will look very similar to the S8 and S8+, so those looking for a complete redesign may be let down. Earlier rumors hinted at the possibility of a screen that stretches to the bottom of the phone, like the iPhone X, but with a narrow bezel on the top for the front-facing camera, IR sensor, iris scanner and other sensors.
Prominent phone leaker and 3D concept artist Benjamin Geskin mocked up what such a phone could look like:
Last month, a 3D CAD file of a device labeled as the Galaxy S9 allegedly leaked online. The image shows a phone with vertically-aligned dual cameras and a fingerprint sensor below them, instead of next to them. Of course, there’s also the possibility it won’t even have a fingerprint sensor.
Other rumored features we’re hearing across the web:
It’s still anyone’s guess as to what the S9 will look like or what features it’ll support. However, we’d bet on a device that’s competitive with the iPhone X.
It may even cost $1,000. Yeah, it’d be insane, but the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 have already proven that a $1,000 phone offers a lot of value. It’s really not as crazy as it sounds, especially if you buy them with an installment plan.
Regardless, get hyped for the Galaxy S9. It’s likely to be the first 2018 flagship that’ll matter.