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Android Circuit: Final Galaxy S9 Features Confirmed, Samsung Lowers S9 Price, Available Early March

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Galaxy S9 Pretty Much Totally Confirmed

As expected, every detail of the Galaxy S9 is now known ahead of the launch on Sunday when Mobile World Congress 2018 gets under way. That includes the design that echoes the Galaxy S8 family, the first dual-lens camera on a Samsung smartphone (as opposed to the phablet-based Note range), the new positioning of the fingerprint sensor, and the inclusion of improved facial recognition. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly has the details:

So has Samsung done enough? Inevitably the company will be criticised for retaining almost the same design as the Galaxy S8 (despite Apple doing this for four generations of iPhone). As such their new cameras look set to make or break the Galaxy S9 and, in particular, the dual camera Galaxy S9 Plus.

Should the phones lag behind Google’s Pixel models (again) Samsung could be in trouble, but if they do set a new benchmark I expect sales of both Galaxy S9 models to be strong.

More details here on Forbes.

DJ Koh, president of mobile communications business at Samsung, holds up the new Samsung Galaxy Note8 smartphone during a launch event. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Galaxy S9 And S9 Plus Cheaper Than You Imagined?

What about the price for Samsung’s flagship? It’s certainly going to be higher than the launch price of the Galaxy S8, but perhaps not by as much as you are expecting. Tech Radar’s Adam Marshall reports:

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 will cost £739 in the UK when it launches on Sunday February 25, if the latest S9 price leak from the mobile phone industry correct… “Expect the S9 to be priced roughly £50 cheaper than what everybody is saying,” says our inside source. “A £100 price hike from the S8 is no longer on the cards and it’s looking much more like a £50 increase instead.”

To be clear – this comes from someone we trust in the UK mobile industry who would certainly be in a position to know this information.

What does that mean for the US market, remembering that UK prices all include sales tax? Gordon Kelly looks at the conversion:

Unlike the US, UK retail prices include sales tax, and 2. UK smartphone prices are significantly more expensive than US pricing. For example: in the UK the $750 Galaxy S8 cost £689 ($965) while the $850 Galaxy S8 Plus costs £779 ($1,090).

So the bad news is Samsung is set to hike prices for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, but the good news is $800-850 for the Galaxy S9 and $900-950 for the Galaxy S9 Plus look far more realistic.

More thoughts on sticker shock here.

But When Can I Get One?

The bigger question around the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus hands not about the launch dates, but the availability dates. How soon will the public get their hands on the flagship? The answer appears to be ‘within 2-3 weeks’ depending on the pre-order status you can get. Adnan Farooqui reports:

The report cites a local telecom industry official who claims that Samsung has sent out the pre-order and release schedules to mobile carriers. Those who place a pre-order will get their handsets between March 9-15, customers who don’t pre-order will be able to find the new flagship in stores from March 16.

…The Galaxy S9 release date will also vary by market since the general availability date is only for a handful of markets. We’ll only come to know for sure once the Galaxy S9 has been officially announced and Samsung’s regional arms confirm pricing and availability details for their respective markets.

More at SamMobile.

Prepare The Pianos!

Samsung also built up anticipation for the Galaxy S9 launch this weekend by confirming that it will be remixing its ‘mobile theme tune’ for 2018. Expect the reworking of ‘Over The Horizon’ to feature in ringtones, adverts, promotional trailers, and more.  After all, Samsung has some forward-firing stereo speakers to promote:

Samsung has confirmed and revealed the full length version of its classic ‘Over the Horizon’ musical identity for the new product cycle. Reimagined each year, the stunning 2018 variant of the track has been put together by Icelandic composer Pétur Jónsson. You’ll hear short snippets of it in the default ringtone and no doubt it will feature heavily in the marketing materials as well.

More details here on Forbes.

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Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes pretty much everything about the Galaxy S9 launch, the S9’s lower price and launch dates, Samsung’s new ringtone, what to expect from Brand Nokia at MWC, a review of the most dangerous phone in America, Google’s Android variants, and the new Android Enterprise Recommended project.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

Galaxy S9 Pretty Much Totally Confirmed

As expected, every detail of the Galaxy S9 is now known ahead of the launch on Sunday when Mobile World Congress 2018 gets under way. That includes the design that echoes the Galaxy S8 family, the first dual-lens camera on a Samsung smartphone (as opposed to the phablet-based Note range), the new positioning of the fingerprint sensor, and the inclusion of improved facial recognition. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly has the details:

So has Samsung done enough? Inevitably the company will be criticised for retaining almost the same design as the Galaxy S8 (despite Apple doing this for four generations of iPhone). As such their new cameras look set to make or break the Galaxy S9 and, in particular, the dual camera Galaxy S9 Plus.

Should the phones lag behind Google’s Pixel models (again) Samsung could be in trouble, but if they do set a new benchmark I expect sales of both Galaxy S9 models to be strong.

More details here on Forbes.

DJ Koh, president of mobile communications business at Samsung, holds up the new Samsung Galaxy Note8 smartphone during a launch event. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Galaxy S9 And S9 Plus Cheaper Than You Imagined?

What about the price for Samsung’s flagship? It’s certainly going to be higher than the launch price of the Galaxy S8, but perhaps not by as much as you are expecting. Tech Radar’s Adam Marshall reports:

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 will cost £739 in the UK when it launches on Sunday February 25, if the latest S9 price leak from the mobile phone industry correct… “Expect the S9 to be priced roughly £50 cheaper than what everybody is saying,” says our inside source. “A £100 price hike from the S8 is no longer on the cards and it’s looking much more like a £50 increase instead.”

To be clear – this comes from someone we trust in the UK mobile industry who would certainly be in a position to know this information.

What does that mean for the US market, remembering that UK prices all include sales tax? Gordon Kelly looks at the conversion:

Unlike the US, UK retail prices include sales tax, and 2. UK smartphone prices are significantly more expensive than US pricing. For example: in the UK the $750 Galaxy S8 cost £689 ($965) while the $850 Galaxy S8 Plus costs £779 ($1,090).

So the bad news is Samsung is set to hike prices for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, but the good news is $800-850 for the Galaxy S9 and $900-950 for the Galaxy S9 Plus look far more realistic.

More thoughts on sticker shock here.

But When Can I Get One?

The bigger question around the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus hands not about the launch dates, but the availability dates. How soon will the public get their hands on the flagship? The answer appears to be ‘within 2-3 weeks’ depending on the pre-order status you can get. Adnan Farooqui reports:

The report cites a local telecom industry official who claims that Samsung has sent out the pre-order and release schedules to mobile carriers. Those who place a pre-order will get their handsets between March 9-15, customers who don’t pre-order will be able to find the new flagship in stores from March 16.

…The Galaxy S9 release date will also vary by market since the general availability date is only for a handful of markets. We’ll only come to know for sure once the Galaxy S9 has been officially announced and Samsung’s regional arms confirm pricing and availability details for their respective markets.

More at SamMobile.

Prepare The Pianos!

Samsung also built up anticipation for the Galaxy S9 launch this weekend by confirming that it will be remixing its ‘mobile theme tune’ for 2018. Expect the reworking of ‘Over The Horizon’ to feature in ringtones, adverts, promotional trailers, and more.  After all, Samsung has some forward-firing stereo speakers to promote:

Samsung has confirmed and revealed the full length version of its classic ‘Over the Horizon’ musical identity for the new product cycle. Reimagined each year, the stunning 2018 variant of the track has been put together by Icelandic composer Pétur Jónsson. You’ll hear short snippets of it in the default ringtone and no doubt it will feature heavily in the marketing materials as well.

More details here on Forbes.

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