Samsung to release Galaxy S9 in January, according to new report

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The Samsung Note 8 may have only just been released but it seems the Korean firm is already planning to launch its next flagship smartphone.

A new report suggests that the Galaxy S9 could be launched as early as January. If this is correct, it suggests that Samsung has moved its normal timetable for launching flagship devices.

Korean publication The Bell reported that Samsung Display is ready to ship OLED panels for the next device as early as November, two months earlier than their usual release date.

If the OLED shipments do commence in November, it would make it perfectly feasible for the S9 to be available towards the end of January.

Samsung has faced increasing competition in the smartphone market with Apple and Samsung frequently going head-to-head.

It is thought that this may be the reason for Samsung’s earlier launches and to reduce the effect of their greatest rivals iPhone 8.

There are a few downsides to an earlier launch KGI Securities analyst and respected leaker Ming-Chi Kou said. The most notable may be the lack of a display-embedded sensor as it won’t be available for a January launch. Kuo had previously predicted that the new Galaxy S9 would have rear-mounted fingerprint readers.

Other reports meanwhile have suggested that the S9 will run Qualcomm’s new SoC, the Snapdragon 845.

The S9 is expected to have a modular design making it significantly different to the current S8. Tech informant, Eldar Murtazin has gone on to suggest that the new model will have several new features including projectors, 360-degree cameras and longer battery life.

The new S9 will also come with enhanced component technology. This will help Samsung to allow their device to accommodate a larger battery which will naturally mean that owners will get more hour’s usage out of a single charge.

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