If the latest reports are correct, the next generation of smartphones will be here sooner than expected. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and the LG G7 may launch as early as January 2018, probably at the CES or Consumer Electronics Show in 2018. Remember that we had earlier predicted that the LG G7 could be released earlier than expected. We have also covered the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S9 may well be one of the first devices to house the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processors, which is the flagship processor, next year.
A report by the Korean business portal, the BusinessKorea portal, has reported that both the devices will be launched early next year. This is a confirmation of what we had reported earlier: that the Samsung Galaxy S9 would be released ahead of the MWC 2018. The report also states that both Samsung and LG will start unveiling and selling the latest Galaxy S9, the Galaxy S9+, as well as the LG G7, very early next year. This essentially means that the competition will be pretty intense. We had earlier reported that the Galaxy S9 could launch in January.
This year, the LG G6 was the flagship smartphone from the house of LG. However, contrary to popular expectation, the device was powered by the Snapdragon 821 and not the SD 835, which was the flagship SoC. We expect that next year, the LG G7 will be powered by the SD 845 SoC.
Next year’s Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup is likely to witness certain design changes. Expect the device to feature an Infinity Display that will have an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 as well as a QHD+ resolution, which is similar to the Galaxy S8 duo we saw this year. Like we have reported earlier, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC will likely work in tandem with 64GB storage space as well as 4GB of RAM. We are also expecting a dual camera setup that will likely have the anti-glare BBAR layer ‘ghost technology’. We will probably see a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and not the under-the-display fingerprint sensor that had been reported earlier.
If the LG G7 and the Samsung Galaxy S9 both end up using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, we will witness a tough battle next year. Next year’s CES 2018 will be held in January in Las Vegas.