Samsung Galaxy S9 with Snapdragon 845, Android 8.0 to debut in January: Report

Samsung's next year flagship, the Galaxy S9 rumoured to debut in January, might feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845, dual cameras like the Note 8

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Highlights

    • Samsung Galaxy S9 rumoured to debut January next year
    • The OLED panels shipment for the phone tipped to begin this November
    • The phone is said to run Google’s latest Android 8.0 Oreo

It has been a trend, with tech giants making big announcements for the year and leak industry then jumping on to the next set of yet to be announced premium smartphones. This time around it’s the South Korean tech company’s upcoming flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S9 that is rumoured to debut in January next year.

According to a report from the Korean outlet, The South Korean Herald, Samsung’s next flagship is tipped to launch in January 2018. The report further notes that the company will likely begin shipping OLED panel for the phone this November. Evidently, Samsung’s premium flagship Galaxy S8 (Review) family display panel shipment commenced in January two months before the global unveiling in late March.

Besides the supposed launch of Samsung’s next flagship, a couple of rumours emerged last week revealing what the upcoming handset might possibly pack under the hood. As per XDA developers’ sources, the Galaxy S9 might feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and run Google’s latest Android 8.0 Oreo. The sources further say that the phone could likely carry 4GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The fingerprint sensor on the upcoming Samsung flagship is said to be positioned at the centre in a rectangular cutout.

As for the optics on the Galaxy S9, XDA in its report says, “This bit is a little confusing still, though if they intend to bring dual cameras for the S9 it’s possible that mounting placement will be similar to that of the Note 8, if you were to rotate the entire camera and sensor array 90 degrees clockwise. We haven’t heard rumors that the Galaxy S9 will ship with the dual camera array from the Note 8 so far, but it is highly likely that it will.”

While Samsung’s next year flagship is widely expected to be at the edge of ‘development curve’, it’s too early to envisage what the Galaxy S9 might pack in.

Samsung just recently launched its new flagship under the Galaxy Note series, the Galaxy Note 8 that house a similar design language like the S8 family but has a bigger display and carries the signature stylus S-Pen.