Galaxy S9 could touch down late February, which makes sense – CNET


The Galaxy S8 was unveiled on March 29, but the S9 may come earlier in the year.

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Samsung could unveil the Galaxy S9 phone in a little more than two months.

The phone giant is rumored to announce the company’s follow-up to the Galaxy S8 in late February at the annual Mobile World Congress show (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, according to Korean news outlet The Bell.

The report posits two possible Galaxy S9 launch dates: Feb. 25, the day before the show officially kicks off (MWC runs from Feb. 26 to March 1), or Feb. 27. Based on past patterns, the 25th makes the most sense. Referred to by insiders as Press Day, the Sunday before the show opens is a common time for phonemakers to announce new devices. 

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Samsung has an on-and-off history with launching phones at MWC — mostly on. That’s where it introduced most of its Galaxy phones. The Galaxy S4 and last year’s Galaxy S8 bucked the trend with launch events that took place in New York a few weeks after the world’s largest mobile show wrapped up. Samsung did tease the heavily rumored S8 at MWC. If the Galaxy S9 (as we’re calling it) does makes its debut at a separate event, we’d expect Samsung to officially tease it at MWC.

Earlier rumors pinned the Galaxy S9 introduction to CES in early January, which is highly unlikely — Samsung rarely strays from its patterns of an MWC/March launch for the year’s Galaxy S phone and an August unveiling for the next Note phone. It’s more plausible that Samsung would tease the Galaxy S9 to whip up hype against Apple’s buzzy iPhone X.

Other rumors about the phone include that it may get a new iris scanner, but no drastically redesigned fingerprint scanner. It’s expected to get Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chip, but rumors say it could look pretty similar to the Galaxy S8.

Stay tuned to CNET as we hear more about the Galaxy S9.

Samsung declined to comment.

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