Samsung may have decided to fold on using CES as the launch platform for its flagship smartphone, but Las Vegas did see the story of the Galaxy S9 take a major step forward. Samsung has confirmed that the launch of the S9 family of handsets will happen at Mobile World Congress next month.
Speaking at CES Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh confirmed the launch date plans for the Galaxy S9.
DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile business, said its first flagship smartphone of the year will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in February with the sales date also announced at the event, at a press conference at CES in Las Vegas.
Koh has acknowledged the Galaxy S9 is on its way, and by highlighting MWS (26 March – 1 February) as the launch event that bit of speculation has been controlled.
Not much is known about the Galaxy S9 at this point, though we’re not expecting any radical departures from the S8. A handful of leaked renders suggest it will look near-identical to its predecessor, with a slight tweak moving the rear fingerprint sensor to below the camera (rather than its current, awkward position of off to one side).
However, the S9 and S9 Plus won’t be all Samsung fans have to look forward to this year. Speaking to ZDNet, Koh also reiterated that the company plans to launch a foldable phone in 2018. What exactly “foldable” means in terms of functionality isn’t clear, but smartphones with curved displays have been an obsession of Samsung’s for more than half a decade. So far, it’s given us the bizarre Galaxy Round but also the successful wraparound screens of the S7 Edge onwards.