Samsung announced its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in February this year, with sales beginning in April. Things are about to change next year as the company hopes to speed things up a bit. According to a report by The Bell, the South-Korean giant plans on bringing its Galaxy S9 in January 2018.

The smartphone might be available in January

If Samsung unveils Galaxy S9 in January, its sales will probably begin in February. As noted by Android Authority, the company is rumored to receive OLED panels (codenamed “Star”) from Samsung Display in November this year. If everything follows the scheduled deadline, then the firm will be able to assemble its Galaxy S9 units by December.

This gives Samsung enough time to implement any last minute changes and still be able to introduce their 2018 flagship as soon as the year starts.

Samsung hasn’t confirmed this rumor as of yet. Experts as pointed out by The Investor, believe that an earlier introduction of the company’s flagship device will give them an Upper Hand over its competitors. Most companies usually wait around for big events such as MWC, which ideally falls in February or March. The Galaxy S9 will already be in consumer’s hands before they even get to see what their alternatives are. The source mentioned by The Investor is very specific about this matter, as it mentions that the device will arrive towards the end of January and will ship by mid-February.

Apple vs. Samsung

As noted by Android Headlines, the firm strategically undertook the same approach for the launch of Galaxy Note 8.

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Samsung, it appears, wish to make its flagship phablet available before Apple could even unveil iPhone 8.

Therefore – while, Galaxy Note 8 was launched on August 23, Apple iPhone 8 is still being expected to unveil on September 12. Moreover, rumors regarding S9 have long begun. Thus, it is believable that Samsung has already started its preparations.

Alleged specs sheet of the handset emerged online recently, suggesting that it may not be very different than Galaxy S8. The report claimed that the handset is going to pack a 6.4-inch display with 18:5:9 aspect ratio, and be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.

Further tagged with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM, the smartphone will probably run on Android Oreo. Samsung is further speculated to introduce a new 6GB RAM option, but that’s about it. Since the firm has forayed into integrating dual rear camera modules, the feature can be expected in S9.