There have been a lot of rumors and reports swirling around the final launch date of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup. Some thought that Samsung would surprise everyone at CES 2018 and announce its 2018 flagship, but that turned out to not be the case.
The next obvious choice for a Samsung release would be MWC 2018, and it seems that’s exactly when we’ll be seeing the next Samsung flagship. According to Evan Blass (@evleaks), the company will launch the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus on February 26th.
According to a C-level executive at a major casemaker, the go-to-market schedule for Galaxy S9 / S9+ is as follows:
Launch – 2/26
Pre-orders – 3/1
Ships/releases – 3/16
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 16, 2018
From there, pre-orders for the device will go live on March 1st, and both devices will begin shipping on March 16th. This contradicts other reports which claimed that Samsung would hold a standalone event, similar to the one held in New York City for the Galaxy S8/S8 Plus launch last year.
Unfortunately, Blass did not share any other bits of information regarding the Galaxy S9 launch, other than stating his source was from a “C-level executive at a major casemaker”. These types of leaks happen all of the time, as we have already seen Omaker supposedly leak the design of the Galaxy S9 with case listings.
As for what we are expecting from the Galaxy S9 lineup, it seems that Samsung will be moving a different route this time around. Instead of stuffing both the standard and plus models with the same specs, the larger Galaxy S9 Plus will have some extra goodies onboard, including a dual-rear camera setup.
The smaller Galaxy S9 will have just a single rear-facing camera, however, both devices will see a redesign when it comes to the fingerprint sensor. Instead of the sensor being awkwardly placed on the far right of the rear, the sensor will be moved to the center of the device.
This is a move that many were clamoring for with the Galaxy Note 8, but Samsung was stuck in its design process and kept the placement. It seems that Samsung has finally listened to its consumers and made a change that will happily be received by the Samsung faithful.
Other specs rumored for the Galaxy S9 lineup include the Snapdragon 845 chipset being at the helm, which will be coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. We are also expecting to see a base storage option of 64GB, which will again be expandable via microSD.
Let us know what you think about this latest rumor and if you are getting excited for the launch of Samsung’s 2018 flagship lineup.