Samsung will launch its new flagship smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, the company confirmed on Wednesday.
DJ Koh, Samsung’s mobile chief, made the announcement at a CES press conference in Las Vegas, presumably as a response to rumors suggesting the Galaxy S9 could be unveiled at CES (which it won’t), ZDNet reported. And while Koh declined to state exactly what will be unveiled in February, the timing of the release all but confirms that the hardware release will be the company’s Galaxy S9.
The South Korean tech giant typically unveils new flagship Galaxy smartphones fairly early in the year, around the time of the Mobile World Congress event, and ships the devices in the following months. Last year was an exception, as Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S8 at an event in New York in March. This year, the Mobile World Congress will kick off on Feb. 26 and run through March 1 in Barcelona, Spain.
Surprisingly, few details about the Galaxy S9 have been leaked thus far. But a handful of rumors compiled by PhoneArena suggest that the flagship could sport a glass and aluminum frame, a 5.7-inch AMOLED display, both an iris and fingerprint reader, a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera.
As far as its internals and specifications, it’s expected to sport 4 gigabytes of RAM and could be equipped with either an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM845 or a Samsung Exynos 9810 (or both). Some rumors claim the S9 could pack up to 512GB of internal storage in “select markets.”
In addition to today’s comments, Koh has also shed light on Samsung’s other upcoming devices in recent days. Earlier this week, the Samsung mobile chief responded to rumors that the company could launch its highly anticipated, foldable smartphone in November or December 2018.
While Koh did not outright deny the rumors, he did say that it’s “early” to be talking about the supposedly ultra-premium device. He went on to state that Samsung’s engineers are hard at work resolving “durability issues” with the device’s flexible display.