Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S8 series in March 2016, and worldwide sales started a month later. However, things might be quite different when it comes to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 Android smartphone, as the South Korean tech company is reportedly planning to speed things up a bit.

Samsung is said to be rolling out its Galaxy S9 smartphone earlier than usual, according to The Investor. The company might unveil the mobile device before January 2017 ends, with global sales in mid-February. That seems to be what the current assembly schedule of the tech company suggested.

Of course, Samsung has yet to confirm the rumored release date of its Galaxy S9.

Nonetheless, the rumor does make sense, as an early release date of the mobile device would possibly give Samsung an advantage over its rivals. Several smartphone manufacturers are expected to announce their new handsets at the MWC event in Barcelona, which normally transpires in February. At that time, Samsung’s latest smartphone would already have hit the shelves, which will give smartphone enthusiasts a great choice before they even know what competing handsets will offer.

XDA Developers reported that Samsung’s forthcoming mobile device will have a model number SM-G960. The Galaxy S8 siblings were launched with model numbers SM-G950 and SM-G955. Although the publication site did not mention the Galaxy S9 Plus variant, there’s no reason to believe that Samsung won’t launch a Plus variant of the device.

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Smartphone’s specs

The Galaxy S9 [VIDEO] will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 system on chip (SoC). However, some of the rumored specs of the smartphone might disappoint tech fans. For example, the smartphone is expected to feature a 4GB RAM and a 64GB of internal storage. The S8 series arrived with a 4GB of RAM, but the tech giant moved to a 6GB RAM with its latest Galaxy Note 8. Smartphone enthusiasts should expect at least 6GB of RAM on the Galaxy S9.

Camera front

The Galaxy S9 is expected to come along with Note 8’s rear dual camera setup, consisting of a wide-angle and a telephoto lenses. Both lenses have an optical image stabilizer (OIS) support. The handset [VIDEO] is also expected to arrive with a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port and an IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.

The device will arrive with a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED curved display with 570ppi. The handset will also feature a fingerprint scanner, Bixby AI assistant and a Cat 18 LTE support.

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