By this point, we’ve had so many Galaxy S9 leaks that it would be a wonder if there were any surprising announcements left to make during Samsung’s reveal event on February 25. In fact, assuming the various rumors we’ve heard about hardware are true, pretty much the only thing left up in the air is the Galaxy S9’s release date. We may even know that going into February 25, thanks to new rumors that are appearing today.
Of course, rumors about the Galaxy S9’s release date are nothing new, and while there are some differences in the dates reported, one thing is clear: Samsung wants to get the Galaxy S9 on store shelves quickly. With that in mind, don’t expect to see a lot of downtime between reveal and release. Instead, it looks like we’ll have a couple of weeks of pre-orders in between, with Samsung ultimately choosing a mid-March release date.
A new report from Korean site The Investor claims as much today. The Investor has spoken to anonymous sources familiar with the matter who claim that the Galaxy S9 will hit “global market shelves” on March 15. Assuming that’s correct, it means we’ll only have to wait about two-and-a-half weeks between reveal and release.
That puts it on an even quicker timeline than the one we saw with the Galaxy S8, which was revealed on March 29 and released in the US on April 21. Comparing those dates to the one rumored here leaves no question that Samsung really wants to get the Galaxy S9 on shelves as soon as possible, allowing it to better compete with the iPhone X before other Android manufacturers can get their spring flagships on shelves.
Obviously, take this release date rumor with a grain of salt. Even if that March 15 date is correct for some regions, there may be others that get the phone later. We’ll see if this is true soon enough, as Samsung is slated to reveal the Galaxy S9 on Sunday, February 25. We’ll be covering Samsung’s event as it happens here at SlashGear, so stay tuned for more.