Many of those attending this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas had expected Samsung to launch the Galaxy S8 successor at the yearly tech event.
It turned out that the Samsung Galaxy S9 was not going to be unveiled at the CES.
Instead, the much-touted rival to the iPhone would be introduced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, according to a ZDNet report.
1st Flagship Smartphone for the Year
Samsung’s president of mobile business DJ Koh announced at a media forum for Korean media at the CES that its first flagship smartphone for 2018 would be presented at the MWC on February 26.
The sales date of Galaxy S9 would also be revealed at the MWC.
Samsung launched Galaxy S8 in March last year in New York and started selling the device in April.
ZDNet said the unveiling of the Galaxy S9 comes a month earlier and sales will likely commence in March.
Samsung to Also Launch Foldable Phone
Aside from the Galaxy S9, Koh also announced that the company’s virtual assistant called Bixby 2.0 would be launched within the year, adding that all Samsung devices would have the software by 2020.
Koh said the company is planning on releasing a foldable phone in 2019 instead of this year because it is still overcoming problems in putting a foldable screen in a handset.
In September last year, Koh said during a media event for the launch of the Galaxy S8 that the foldable phone would be released this year.
Insiders at Samsung told ZDNet that mass production of the foldable phone would start later this year.
Samsung has announced the release of the Galaxy S9 next month. The device is widely considered as an iPhone rival.
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