Samsung’s Galaxy S9 will launch on 25 February

Alex Kidman 25 January 2018 NEWS

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Samsung's pushing the camera as the big selling point for its next flagship phone.

While it confirmed that it would launch the Samsung Galaxy S9 in February according to reports from CES 2018, Samsung hadn't officially named a date and time it would do so... until now.

Samsung's just unveiled its latest countdown timer for its next "Galaxy Unpacked" event, with a counter set to expire at 6pm CET (Central European Time) on 25 February 2018.

In Australian terms, that equates out to 4am on 26 February 2018, so if you're super-keen to watch the inevitable live stream, you'll need to set your alarm clocks early that day.

That Sunday, just before MWC 2018 formally kicks off is traditionally the day when the big phone manufacturers hold their new smartphone reveals, although with LG reportedly holding back on the LG G7 and Huawei and Motorola yet to announce launch timings, Samsung may have much of the attention to itself. Sony will hold a media event for what's expected to be the Sony Xperia XZ Pro, but not until the morning of the 26th in Barcelona.

Samsung's teaser doesn't reveal much about the Galaxy S9 save for the fact that it intends to sell it heavily on its camera ability, with the tagline "The Camera. Reimagined."

Expectations are that the Galaxy S9 range will feature dual cameras, similar to the already available Samsung Galaxy Note 8, although some rumours have suggested that only the larger Galaxy S9+ will get two lenses while the smaller Galaxy S9 makes do with one.

A video of a purported Galaxy S9 also appeared on YouTube via Chinese sources this morning, although its authenticity is far from rock solid, and sadly it only shows the front of the handset, giving no clues as to the camera array at the back.

We'll be reporting live from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, including all the details of Samsung's launch as it happens, so stay tuned.

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