Samsung is rumored to introduce its Galaxy S9 flagship smartphone early next year, and VentureBeat claims the device might go public as soon as January. According to a source who was reportedly briefed on Samsung’s plans, VentureBeat says both the S9 and S9+ could make an appearance at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, although it’s unknown what for since the company would just hold an event to formally introduce the handsets in March anyway.
While we’ll need some more information to back up this claim, VentureBeat also included some specifics surrounding the handsets. For one, both the S9 and S9+ will be nearly identical to this year’s S8 and S8+ in terms of designs and displays, with the former featuring a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED panel and the other having a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED screen. VB notes this indicates Samsung will follow a “tick-tock” pattern with its Galaxy S lineup next year which, if you recall, is what Apple usually tends to do with its S-branded iPhones. The S9 will stick with a single rear camera, however the S9+ is reported to ship with dual cameras placed vertically on the back with a fingerprint sensor directly below to address this problem. The S9 will also implement the sensor in this fashion.
Additionally, the S9s will reportedly back Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processors and a new Exynos chip in other parts of the world. The smaller S9 will come with 4GB of RAM while the larger S9+ will ship with 6GB. Both will have 64GB of available storage and, according to VentureBeat, retain their 3.5mm headphone jacks. Finally, Samsung is also rumored to introduce a refreshed DeX dock that will allow your device to sit flush on your desk for use as a trackpad or keyboard.
We still have time to see whether Samsung’s new Galaxy S flagships debut at CES or not as it’s not even December yet and I still have turkey to eat. Samsung has also not made anything official whatsoever so we still need more information to retain healthy guesses as to what the S9 and S9+ will pack.