Here’s when Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 smartphone

Samsung has confirmed it will launch the Galaxy S9 smartphone next month at Mobile World Congress 2018.

Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh made the announcement during a press conference at CES in Las Vegas.

This puts the potential launch date as February 25.

The reveal will come a month earlier than last year’s Galaxy S8 range, which means there’s a good chance it’ll also go on sale a month earlier.

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The on sale date, likely to be sometime in March, will also be confirmed at MWC in Barcelona, Koh said.

Whether Samsung will hold a separate Unpacked event, or simply hold a press conference within MWC remains to be seen.

The presence of a Samsung flagship is likely to steal the show at the annual gathering. It’ll also pry attention away from manufacturers like LG, Motorola and Huawei who are all rumored to have announcements prepped for MWC.

Earlier rumours had suggested Samsung would preview the Galaxy S9 this week at CES, but that failed to materialise.

Modest upgrades

As for the phone itself, the S9 and S9+ are thought to offer modest upgrades on last years near-perfect handsets.

The design is expected to be the same, save for a slight repositioning of the fingerprint sensor to sit beneath the camera.

The Exynos/Snapdragon processors will almost certainly get an upgrade, while rumors have suggested a new camera capable of shooting video at 1,000 frames per second.

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