Now that we’re under 210 days from the inevitable release of the Galaxy S9, it’s time to start talking about leaks! Not long after the Galaxy Note 8 and just over 160 days since the release of the Galaxy S8, the leaks have begun to leak. The first set of details to run from the tap come in the form of code-numbers.
We’re entering the first phase of leaks for one of the world’s most popular smartphone lines. This is right around the same time as we began to see leaks for the Galaxy S8, as our first teaser for the Galaxy S8 came on September 13th, 2016. That was what might have been a “testing the waters” push by Samsung to see whether the Galaxy S8 should ditch its headphone jack since Apple started ditching said jack on the iPhone. If that wasn’t Samsung’s behind-the-scenes testing, it certainly served the purpose.
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The leak today includes a set of numbers that correspond with firmware for the next set of Samsung devices. The numbers show – or confirm – that the Galaxy S9’s firmware is in development. The (quite reliable) sources that speak with SamMobile confirmed earlier today a couple of details on the Galaxy S9 as such. The firmware codes for the TWO models of Galaxy S9 are as such: G960FXXU0AQI5 and G965FXXU0AQI5.
Identifying the first set of characters gives us the code-names of both Galaxy S smartphones: SM-G960 and SM-G965. As the Galaxy S8’s code-name is SM-G950 and the Galaxy S8+ has a code name SM-G955, it would seem as though we’re getting a Galaxy S9 and a Galaxy S9 Plus next year. This does not necessarily mean that they’ll CERTAINLY be called Galaxy S9 and/or Galaxy S9 Plus, but it’s likely. It’s very much extremely likely, given Samsung’s release schedule and propensity to stick with a brand once they’ve used it in public.