Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone is set to launch next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company usually unveils new upgrades to its Galaxy line at CES, which is currently happening this week in Las Vegas. But this year, the company plans to take the wraps off its next Galaxy smartphone at MWC.
Sales for the Galaxy S9 are expected to open sometime in March. As for the product itself, don’t expect to see a lot of new changes from Samsung this year. Not much of the device has leaked so far, but early rumours suggest Samsung will continue to use the Galaxy S8’s critically acclaimed design on the S9 with some minor changes. Spec wise, Samsung will go all out, as usual — no surprises there.
For next year, Samsung plans on launching its first foldable phone. Samsung Mobile’s president, DJ Koh, confirmed in an interview with ZDNet that the company’s foldable phone will launch sometime in 2019, even though the company was initially planning for a 2018 launch. The smartphone maker is currently working on improving the user-experience of the foldable phone, which is obviously going to be one of the critical parts of this product. Micrososoft’s foldable device, codenamed Andromeda, is expected to launch sometime later this year or 2019, too. Microsoft’s take on the foldable phone will potentially be more enterprise-oriented than Samsung, however.
Koh says the company will continue to push its smart assistant Bixby over the coming months and hopes to bring the assistant to all of its devices by 2020. It is expected to introduce Bixby 2.0 later this year.