Tuesday in CE: Every Samsung Galaxy S9 Leak We Have, So Far
If the CE industry was a boat it would have sunk a long time ago with all these leaks... Thanks, I'll be here all week.
Just a few days ago, Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S9 will not be at this years Consumer Electronics Show, but will in fact show up to Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona next month. It would have made sense to have a big drop at CES, especially considering that the Galaxy has always been a 'I can do anything better than you' phone to Apple's flagship iPhone, and, as we all know, Apple doesn't go to CES.
But the biggest indicator has been rollout dates from a "C-level executive at a major casemaker" as indicated in this tweet:
According to a C-level executive at a major casemaker, the go-to-market schedule for Galaxy S9 / S9+ is as follows:
Launch - 2/26
Pre-orders - 3/1
Ships/releases - 3/16
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 16, 2018
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 Unpackedpress event of 2018 is scheduled for February 25th rather than the 26th.
Pre-orders 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.
- 5.8in / 6.2in QHD+ Super AMOLED curved display (570ppi / 529ppi)
- Android 8.0
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (US) / Samsung Exynos (UK)
- 4GB RAM / 6GB RAM
- 64GB/128GB / 64GB/128GB/256GB storage
- Cat 18 LTE support (1.2Gbps download speeds)
- Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- 12MP Dual Pixel camera with OIS (f/1.5, f/2.4) / Vertical dual rear-facing camera
- Bixby AI assistant with dedicated button
- USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Wireless charging support
- IP68 water and dust resistance
- Built-in FM radio
- Updated DeX docking station
The North American international Auto Show brought a ton of interesting narratives to the CE industry. Of course, the biggest being what voice control is going to do to the car industry.
Well, Toyota and Lexus may have just revealed their plans. Apple's CarPlay platform is coming to Toyota, a first for the major manufacturer who has famously passed on third-party platforms in favor of their own. In 2015, John Hanson, the national manager of Toyota’s advanced technology communications, commented to The New York Times that the company “prefer[red] to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions.” It than switched to Ford’s SmartDeviceLink app platform in 2016, not Apple or Google’s software. Again, at NAIM 2017, Toyota and Ford founded the SmartDeviceLink Consortium, with a focus on extending iOS and Android apps to car dashboards without having to cede control to Apple or Google.
On the 2019 Avalon, users will be able to interact with CarPlay through the 9-inch capacitive touchscreen. Oddly, Toyota seems to only be announcing support specifically for CarPlay; the company is seemingly not adding Android Auto integration at this time.
The Best of the Rest of the Net
- Luxury watchmaker Ressence has a new prototype watch it’s showing off at the SIHH 2018 watch show, reimagining what mechanical and smartwatches could be.
- Ford is throwing $11 billion at its electric car problem, more than doubling its investment in EVs in bid to catch up with GM and other major automakers.
- Google Home and Chromecast devices are reportedly killing peoples’ Wi-Fi. The problem, first reported by Android Police, originally seemed localized to users of the Google Home Max speaker and the cheap, but usually excellent, TP-Link Archer C7 router.