It seems that the next flagship series from Samsung, the Galaxy S9, might arrive earlier next year, probably in January, according to local press.
This speculation comes as is said that Samsung Display’s OLED panel shipments will start in November, two months in advance of the current S8 whose display shipments started in January this year before the phone’s unveiling in March.
Display panels are usually shipped earlier than other parts such as camera modules and cases. After the panel shipments, it takes about two to three months for the phone’s entire assembly.
Based on the assembly schedule, the S9 is highly likely to debut end-January before its global launch in mid-February.
Also, the latest rumors claim that Galaxy S9’s advanced launch can be considered as the panel development started in April, three to four months earlier, under the project name “Star.”
The early phone launch is reportedly closely linked to Samsung’s strategy to defend its flagship phone sales against Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 later this year.