Curiously missing from Samsung's CES keynote this year was any talk of their highly anticipated Galaxy S9. The meat of their talk was how Bixby will compliment a whole home ecosystem and a few business solutions that may (or may not) actually be useful for those lacking a Samsung phone.
But nothing on the S9. Not a peep. That is, until today.
DJ Koh has announced that the flagship phone will make its way to Mobile World Congress next month, leaving CES fans with no preview of the major smartphone contender. There were rumors that the South Korean tech giant would unveil the phone at CES prior to the start of the show.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 last year at an Unpacked Event in March in New York and start selling the device in April. The unveiling of the Galaxy S9 comes a month earlier and sales will likely begin in March this year.
Koh also said that the company was planning to launch its foldable phone sometime next year. Last year he told reporters in South Korea that the company was targeting a launch this year.
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has always been about drama. Most of it surfaces as (mostly) indirect jabs as companies aim to one-up each other in an endless technology footrace. On the other hand, Huawei has taken a more, for lack of a better word, traditional route by slamming US carriers during their scheduled keynote.
"Unfortunately, we cannot sell this phone through the carrier channels, but like last generation, we use the open market e-commerce channel. Everybody knows in the US market, it's 80, over 90% of smartphones sold are through the carrier channels," said Huawei CEO Richard Yu to a packed room. "Many people don't know about Huawei, we weren't selected by the carriers, and I think this is a big loss for us and for the carriers, but a much bigger loss for consumers because consumers don't have the best choice."
The meat of the keynote was truly about the Mate 10 Pro, a flagship competitor that is bezel-less, USB-C ready, and sports the Kirin 970 CPU, pricing at €699 ($824) for the Mate 10, €799 ($942) for the Mate 10 Pro. However, the underwhelming keynote carried over frustrations from Yu as he began to slam the likes of AT&T for pulling out of a deal last minute, a deal that seriously impacts the Mate 10's ability to hit the market.
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