Rumour: Samsung will show off Galaxy S9 at CES 2018

Galaxy S9 and S9+ shown off at CES

Galaxy S9 and S9+ shown off at CES

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The S9/S9+, known internally at Samsung as Star 1 & Star 2 - will be launched as the SM-G960 and SM-G965.

Sources tell Blass that the phones, codenamed Star 1 and Star 2 and going by the model numbers SM-G960 and SM-G965, will be almost identical in appearance to their predecessors and use the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved-edge Super AMOLED displays. It's likely the phones will use the Snapdragon 845 and the equivalent 10nm Exynos version in selected markets.

It will also only feature 4GB of RAM versus 6GB on the larger unit. Internal storage will stay at 64GB for both upcoming flagships, with expansion via microSD.

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Sound wise, the Galaxy S9/S9+ will receive AKG Stereo Speakers - and good news: the 3.5mm headphone jack is staying. This should address complaints about the Galaxy S8/S8+ and the Note 8 which most users found the fingerprint sensor to be quite awkwardly placed. This is earlier than Samsung typically pulls the curtain back for new phones, but it's unclear exactly how much Samsung will be revealing at the trade show.

You can read The Telegraph's review of the Samsung Galaxy S8 here, which describes it as "almost inarguably the best-looking phone ever made" and "a brilliantly-designed phone that sets a new standard for what phones should look like in 2017".

Samsung runs second only to Apple when it comes to rumours circling around its handsets, but it's not actually that long to wait until CES 2018 kicks off, so we should see how accurate this particular rumour is quite soon. Blass assures us that the Galaxy S9 is definitely a "tock".

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