Now we know when The Next Big Thing from Samsung will launch. The company confirmed that its 2018 flagship, the Galaxy S9, will debut at MWC 2018 in late February.
Following several reports that the phone would be announced at least in part at CES 2018, Samsung dismissed that idea and told everyone to look ahead to the next global trade show. It’s the first official confirmation we have that the Galaxy S9 will be announced in full in Barcelona at the end of next month. While no specific date was provided, it’s likely the launch event takes place over the weekend before MWC officially begins.
Samsung didn’t offer any additional details on the Galaxy S9.
DJ Koh, head of Samsung’s mobile division, sharing the news with ZDNet in Las Vegas this week. The executive said, in addition to launching the phone at MWC, Samsung would share the global release date (which is expected to be sometime in March).
It’s a departure from what Samsung did in 2017. Last year the company unveiled the Galaxy S8 at a standalone launch event in New York City in the weeks following MWC. And Samsung’s been doing standalone launch events for the Galaxy Note series in recent years. But, with the Galaxy S9, Samsung is heading back to Barcelona for MWC where media members from around the world will be present. Just don’t expect the company to surprise anyone with a foldable phone, though. The technology should be ready near the end of the year when the next Galaxy Note comes along.
Features expected for the Galaxy S9 include an Infinity Display, Samsung’s Exynos 9810 (or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845), a dual-camera setup for the larger model, an upgraded DeX Station, and Android 8.0 Oreo.
We’ll be keeping an eye on our inbox for an invite from Samsung once the Galaxy S9’s launch event is scheduled.