Rumors have been floating around that Samsung will deliberately jump the gun from its usual March unveiling of new Galaxy smartphones to show the new S9 and S9+ at CES in January. A new report seems to indicate those rumors are true.
Citing "a source briefed on the company's plans," VentureBeat's usually reliable Evan Blass reports that Samsung wants to briefly exhibit the new devices at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company would still hold its official launch event in March, the report said, although if Samsung continues the trend of unveiling at the World Mobile Congress, it could be late February instead.
The two new models will likely look similar to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, featuring the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved-edge Super AMOLED displays. VentureBeat said a processor was not mentioned, but previous reports have placed a 10nm-process Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 within the new devices.
While the S8 and S8+ were nearly identical aside from the latter's larger screen, the new Galaxy S9+ will offer a significant upgrade from its smaller-screened brother. The report has the S9+ with 6GB of RAM (only 4GB in the S9), and will come with a second rear camera. However, both units will boast 64GB of internal storage, expandable through a microSD slot, and AKG stereo speakers. And, unlike the current iPhones, both will retain their headphone jack.
The report also seems to validate recently leaked renders showing a change to the back of the units, placing the camera and fingerprint sensor in a vertical group instead of horizontal, which had been a major complaint of the Galaxy S8 devices.
If Samsung does indeed show the new devices off at CES, it will be interesting to see just how much info is revealed along with them. The company will need to save some surprises for its launch event.
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