Many people were speculating that Samsung would unveil their Galaxy S9 at CES in January to counter iPhone X, but as the event came near it became clear that Samsung won’t be doing that as it had not issued any press event invitations to the media.
Samsung also confirmed a few days ago that it will unveil Galaxy S9 at MWC 2018 in the month of February, but not only that a leaker has come up with the believed actual dates for Galaxy S9 release schedule.
Evan Blass said on Twitter Tuesday morning that a C-level executive at a major case maker offered him the “go-to-market schedule” for the Galaxy S9 phones:
According to a C-level executive at a major casemaker, the go-to-market schedule for Galaxy S9 / S9+ is as follows:— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 16, 2018
Launch – 2/26
Pre-orders – 3/1
Ships/releases – 3/16
According to the unnamed executive, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 on February 26th, which happens to be the first day of this year’s Mobile World Congress. The date is somewhat strange though, considering that Samsung announced previous Galaxy S models one day before the trade show actually kicked off. MWC always starts on a Monday, with Samsung’s presser taking place on Sunday evening (local time). Maybe Samsung’s first Unpacked press event of 2018 is scheduled for February 25th rather than the 26th.
Preorders should be available online beginning March 1st, with phones to be delivered to customers on Friday, March 16th, exactly one month from today. That’s also the day when the phone will be available in stores in various markets around the world, according to this rumor.
These dates make plenty of sense, considering what Samsung did with previous Galaxy S models. But they’re not official, so don’t get too excited just yet about buying the next best thing from Samsung.