Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ might debut in late January 2018

It seems like the launch of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 on September 12 influenced the release schedule of Samsung’s next-gen flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+. The devices might launch two months earlier than usual, in late January instead of March.

 Unquestionably, Samsung and Apple are the two biggest players in the smartphone industry nowadays. Because of that, whenever these tech giants release a new device, it shakes up the mobile world, so to speak. Apple’s next big thing, the 10th anniversary iPhone 8, is expected to unveil at the company’s launch event on September 12. Despite its rumored hefty price tag, the iPhone 8 will sell more compared to its predecessors, according to previous predictions made by market analysts. Samsung, on the other hand, will announce its flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, in the first half of 2018. As a refresher, the South Korean tech firm released its flagship offerings for this year back in March, which went on sale starting April 21. Supposing the company will follow the same launch schedule, we can assume to see the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in March of next year.

However, there’s a new report claiming that Samsung will prepone the Galaxy S9 and S9+’s launching to defend its sales against its rival’s upcoming iPhone 8. Instead of having a March release, the two impending devices are said to debut by the end of January, two months earlier than usual. The speculation regarding the Galaxy S9 and S9+’s launch schedule is based on the fact that OLED panel shipments for the handsets will begin two months in advance, in November instead of January 2018. For the sake of those who don’t know, display panels ships earlier than other parts of the smartphone such as camera modules and cases and usually arrives two months before the entire assembly finishes. Judging by that, the rumored late January launch and mid-February market release seem plausible.

Furthermore, the report mentions that Samsung allotted code names. Star and Star 2, for its next-generation flagship phones, Star being the Galaxy S9 and Star 2 being the bigger Galaxy S9+. Both are expected to come with the same curved OLED Infinity Display, which has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, we saw in the current Galaxy S8 and S8+. They might ship with the upcoming Snapdragon 845 SoC in chosen regions and adopt the dual camera setup of the tech giant’s flagships for 2017. If this information turns out to be true, we are roughly four months away from the unveiling. Stay tuned for more updates.

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