The first appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus may happen much earlier than previous Galaxy S smartphones. A new, unconfirmed report claims Samsung could show off its two flagships at an event during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January.
The report comes from VentureBeat’s usually reliable gadget leaker Evan “@evleaks” Blass. He adds that there aren’t any more details on how much information we’ll get in January. Samsung is apparently still planning to hold an official launch event for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus in March, around the time that the big Mobile World Congress trade event will be held in Barcelona. However, it sounds like the company wants to get ahead of the curve by showing off the phones several weeks ahead of time in a preview event, perhaps to get ahead of leaks.
Previous rumors about the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus claim that the phones will share the same design and Infinity Display screen size as the current Galaxy S8 (5.8 inches) and S8 Plus (6.2 inch). Inside, Samsung is expected to use the still unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in North America and its own Exynos 9810 chipset in other parts of the world.
The fingerprint sensors might still be on the back, but placed on the bottom of the devices.
Blass adds that the Samsung Galaxy S9 is expected to use 4 GB of RAM and a single rear camera, while the Galaxy S9 Plus may get 6 GB of RAM inside, plus a dual rear-camera setup, similar to the current Galaxy Note 8. Both are expected to have 64 GB of storage, a microSD card slot and (good news) a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The report also says that the fingerprint sensor on the phones will still be on the back, but placed on the bottom of the devices. Both will also come with AKG stereo speakers.
One other interesting bit of info in this report is that Samsung is reportedly working on a new version of its DeX docking station. The first version, which launched with the Galaxy S8, allows the phone to work like a PC when the dock is also connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The new version, which would reportedly be released alongside the Galaxy S9, is supposed to be backwards compatible with older Galaxy phones. More importantly, the dock will reportedly be designed so that its compatible phones can be placed flat instead of vertically, which will allow the handsets to be used as a virtual keyboard or touchpad.