The next-generation Samsung Galaxy S9 will make its debut at the Mobile World Congress next month, a company executive has confirmed.
Samsung previously took advantage of MWC to unveil its latest flagships, albeit last year, it announced the Galaxy S8 at a separate Unpacked event in March, with sales beginning in April.
This year, however, it looks like the company is returning to its MWC unveiling tradition for the upcoming Galaxy S9 flagship. Some rumors had indicated that the smartphone could debut at CES 2018, which is currently in full swing in Las Vegas, but that's apparently not the case.
Samsung Galaxy S9 At MWC 2018
DJ Koh, Samsung's mobile chief, has confirmed that the Galaxy S9 will be debuting at MWC. The company will announce more details as well as the sales date at the show. With an MWC debut in February, the Galaxy S9 should hit the market sometime in March.
Rumors of a foldable smartphone from Samsung have also been making rounds for ages, and Koh noted that it should launch sometime next year. The executive said the same thing last year when he revealed that the company was planning to launch the foldable phone this year. Koh said that the biggest challenge in commercialization was the UX, but Samsung is working on it.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Rumors: What To Expect
While no official spec details are available at this point, various leaks and rumors have tried to paint a picture of what to expect from the next flagship phone. Based on rumors, the Galaxy S9 will come in 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch versions, with Sumer AMOLED curved displays boasting a pixel density of 570 ppi and 529 ppi, respectively.
Under the hood, the smartphone should pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or the Samsung Exynos 9810 processor depending on the market. The smartphone is further expected to sport Cat. 18 LTE with download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps, a dual rear camera setup, an in-display fingerprint scanner, Samsung Bixby with a dedicated button, Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, and a USB Type-C port for charging and fast data transfers.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is also expected to retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, unlike other flagship smartphones that have ditched this feature recently. Samsung also plans to launch Bixby 2.0 this year, and Koh says that all Samsung devices will get the AI virtual assistant by 2020.
With MWC 2018 just around the corner, more details about the Samsung Galaxy S9 will soon become available straight from the source. We'll stay on top of any new developments, so, stay tuned for more information as soon as it becomes available.