Samsung has only just released its latest smartphone, the well-received Galaxy Note 8. However, it seems that the South Korean tech giant is already looking for the next opportunity to scupper rival Apple, and its headline-grabbing iPhone X.
According to report The Galaxy S9 firmware development begins, SamMobile’s latest report on the matter confirms that two Galaxy S9 handsets are in the works, also revealing their model numbers and the firmware versions that are being developed already.
Two separate Galaxy S9 firmware are being developed, G960FXXU0AQI5 and G965FXXU0AQI5. The model numbers of Samsung’s next flagship smartphones have therefore been confirmed as well. The version numbers confirm that there will be two models, which means that we can expect a Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to be released in 2018.
That’s not surprising, given that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have model numbers SM-G950 and SM-G955 respectively.
It’s also worth noting that last year, Samsung’s firmware development for the Galaxy S8 began two weeks later. That means we could be seeing a slightly earlier launch for the Galaxy S9 next year.
That’s already been rumored to be the case, with previous leaks suggesting we’d see a debut in February, and a retail release very shortly thereafter
While that might be the impression you get from the early Galaxy S9 firmware development, it’s just as likely that the Galaxy S9 release will take place around the same time as the Galaxy S8.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 at a dedicated event in New York City on March 29 this year. It was released in a handful of markets across the globe on April 21. Samsung might stick with the same timeframe for the Galaxy S9 release next year.
The rumors we heard so far suggest that the Galaxy S9 will launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or an Exynos processor onboard (obviously depending on the region, as in the past), but it will also keep the QHD+ touchscreen display of the existing Galaxy S8.