Samsung’s major smartphones have already been released this year. However, even prior to the release of the Galaxy Note 8 on September 15, there have been many rumors regarding the next Samsung flagship, dubbed the Galaxy S9. Now a new report from SamMobile claims that Samsung will release a premium model named Galaxy S9+ as well, similar to what it did for the last few years.

What does the report say?

According to the folks at SamMobile, there seems to be two firmware versions that are under development by Samsung at present. These firmware are thought to coincide with the launch of the next Samsung flagship smartphones.

The firmware versions include G960FXXU0AQI5 and G965FXXU0AQI5. This also hints at the model number for both the upcoming Samsung premium handsets. For instance, the smaller model will likely sport the model number SM-G960, while the bigger smartphone will come with the model number SM-G965.

The model numbers seem to be in line with previous Galaxy S models that Samsung released. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ bore the model numbers SM-G950 and SM-G955, respectively. The report also reveals that the firmware development for the impending handsets has started almost two weeks prior to the development of the same for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Will Samsung release its next phones earlier?

Due to the earlier development cycle from Samsung, many fans have started wondering whether Samsung plans to unveil and release the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ earlier in the year than it did for their predecessors.

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In 2017, Samsung fans were hopeful of catching a glimpse of the Galaxy S8 duo during the Mobile World Congress in February. However, Samsung disappointed these fans and unveiled the smartphones in March, which went on to release in April.

In 2018, Samsung may indeed reveal the new handsets during the MWC event. The event is scheduled to start on February 26 next year. This means that fans may not have to wait long to find out what the next flagship handset from the South Korean company may look like. For the time being though, the information related to the smartphone is quite vague.

Speculations suggest that the upcoming Samsung handsets may sport the yet to be released Snapdragon 845 chipset. This may be true considering Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC released alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ this year. So, next year, Qualcomm may unveil the Snapdragon 845 inside the Galaxy S9 duo. Samsung is also said to be working towards achieving an under-the-display fingerprint sensor for all its future handsets.