Samsung Galaxy S9 to launch ahead of MWC, mini variant tipped

Samsung Galaxy S9 Leak
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The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ may not be a duo when the pair come out next year as a rumor claims that Samsung is planning to launch a third model dubbed the Galaxy S9 mini. Frequent tipster Ice Universe says the new model will have the same Infinity Display as its siblings.

However, the Galaxy S9 mini will probably opt for a 5-inch screen, hence the ‘mini’ moniker. It may just appeal to people who are reluctant to handle huge 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch phones. The leakster claims the handset will have a lot in common with the others in terms of specs, a departure from the brand’s previous downgraded mini variants.

Ice Universe goes on to claim that he’s actually seen a Galaxy S9 in person. It’s apparently gotten hold of vertical dual cameras which are similar to the Galaxy Note 8. There’s one factor which sets them apart though, namely a new ‘broad-band anti-reflection’ (BBAR) coating.

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The layer is supposed to put an end to reflections, glare, and ghosting. It’s commonly found in professional DSLRs. Samsung might also be upping things in the headphones department by supplying a pair of wireless AKG earphones. It’s apparently not abandoning the 3.5mm headphone jack, good news for wired music listeners.

A Twitter tipster named Ricciolo recently posted that the Galaxy S9 series would be launched ahead of the MWC 2018 and get some new iPhone X-like tricks. Samsung used to launch its flagship smartphones a day ahead of the event until this year when it delayed the launch in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 disaster.

If taken at his word, Samsung might just unveil the Galaxy S9 on February 25, the Sunday before the MWC begins. As for the iPhone X part, he could be referring to Face ID. The Galaxy lineup is already familiar with facial recognition, so we’ll have to wait and see whether the firm does anything different.