The Galaxy S9 may be announced in January to take on the iPhone 8 early

The Galaxy S9 may be announced in January to take on the iPhone 8 early
Hot on the heels of the speculation that Apple is planning to release larger version of the iPhone 8 next year, a 6.46" iPhone 9, so work on its next iPhones has started earlier than usual, comes the next rumor out of Korea today - that Samsung is speeding up the development of the Galaxy S9, and might announce it as early as January. 

Apparently, Samsung Display will commence the shipment of the S9's OLED panels as soon as this November, which is two months earlier than usual, feeding the notion that the next Samsung flagship might be released before the usual April/March timeframe.

The source adds that it's usually the displays that ship first to the assembly lines, then the rest of the components get together, and form the final retail product two or three months after the first panels hit the conveyor belts. Since the Galaxy S8 displays started shipping in January, and it got announced the end of March, the insiders rightfully deduce that the S9 might be unveiled earlier than usual - at the end of January, with shipments beginning mid-February. 

It is not that far-fetched of an idea, too - given the rumors that the S9 and S9+ will ship with the same 5.77" and 6.22" screen panels of their predecessors, and the Infinity Display design, the only thing Samsung needs to upgrade are the processing power and slap the dual camera set from the Note 8

As for why would Samsung try to pull the S9 forward, well, the industry insiders cite the eventual launch of the iPhone 8 as the main reason for the early birth strategy, trying to defend its sales against what may turn out to be a hit among smartphone buyers. Given the rumored iPhone 8 start price, they might not upgrade for the next two years at least, so the S9 would be airdropped earlier to try and mitigate the eventual iPhone 8 success. 

source: The Investor

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18 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3060; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Awesome!!

2. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

We literally hear this every year!

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes because PA makes up this BS every year or every phone model. Samsung has never release any device early....NEVER!

3. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I don't see the need to. The galaxy will do better with it's usual release. Competing with the iPhone never works. They're better off letting buyers hate the iPhone and then wanting to switch. Going head to head isn't smart.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1766; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Now that's interesting news ! But I'm really not sure Samsung is ready with a fully bezel-less phone with well-place fingerprint reader, etc. by January.

5. Danini1112

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

Same as Galaxy S8 to lunch early because of Note 7 last year ? Same bulls**t !

12. cmdacos

Posts: 3872; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Yep. Certainly didn't happen with the s8 which arrived much later then the s8.

6. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

Not buying any of these phones until the under screen sensor is perfected. The S9 is going to do great, but it is a stop gap measure until the 10th Anniversary Galaxy S.

7. .KRATOS.

Posts: 440; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

No it won't lunch early ok everytime the same talk its just boring

8. mastachaz

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

like every year wich never happen

9. thxultra

Posts: 439; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Hoping it isn't just a S8 with a faster processor and duel camera...

10. VasiliS7

Posts: 192; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

S9 or S2018?

11. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Here we go. Time for the Apple funded disinformation service already? Don't you guys at iPhonearena have and spine at all?

13. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

So if you got an S7 Edge on 24 month contract you cant upgrade on release date

17. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

You can if you pay it off

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No it won't. PA makes these stupid articles every year to get clicks and none of them have ever panned out to be true. NONE OF THEM. It's just PA starting some more BS. Everyone, please stop falling for PA's BS.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The main reason this isn't gonna happen is, first off, Samsung biggest customer is the US. Most peopel in the US are buyign phones on payment plans. Since many buy or upgrade every year, because they choose a 24 or 30 month payment plan depending on carrier, and early release would prevent those people from buying. Which means he phone wouldn't gain any extra sales benefits from coming early. Its not coming early and Samsung doesn't need to go battle the iPhone 8 because there won;t be many available in Apple's Q1, no matter how many pre-orders they allow. The Investor is just a tabloid site, just like PA is a tech tabloid site where most of the articles like tabloid are just sensation titled article filled with false BS; and sourcing articles from someone else which is false BS. If Samsung was gonna release a phone early, believe me no one would ever know until they make an official announcement.

18. sissy246

Posts: 7001; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMFAO, more of iPA's BS.

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