Samsung has announced that the new installment in its smartphone lineup, the Galaxy S9, will be revealed at the Mobile World Congress event in February.
The announcement was made by the company’s mobile business president, DJ Koh. The new device will become Samsung’s flagship phone, taking over for last year’s Galaxy S8. Koh gave a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to make the news public.
Details and specifications of the new Galaxy S9 are unknown at this time. However, among those within the industry, expectations are that the device will be the first smartphone to support 512 gigabytes of on-board memory storage. The phone may also have a fingerprint scanner built into its edge-less display screen.
Rumors in the tech world had been circulating that the S9 might be unveiled during CES in January. Instead, the formal presentation of the new smartphone will occur during Mobile World Congress, which takes place between February 26 and March 1 in Barcelona, Spain.
Last year, Samsung revealed the details of the Galaxy S8 smartphone in a separate event during the month of March. Experts believe that by moving the Galaxy S9 event up by one month this year, sales to customers could begin as early as March 2018.
In addition to the Galaxy S9, Koh used the press conference at CES to confirm that the company intends to release a bendable smartphone during this calendar year. The device would be the first such one on the market and will likely be part of the Galaxy Note series of devices.
Also coming this year from Samsung is the release of its new virtual assistant, Bixby 2.0, which will be integrated with all Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The technology will support various voice commands and be designed to compete with other platforms like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.