We should note that this early appearance at the FCC by Samsung's latest flagships is unprecedented. Droid-Life notes that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note received their certifications in March 2017 and July 2017 respectively, and went on sale in April and August respectively in the United States. The Galaxy S7, which received its FCC certification in February 2016 went on sale a month later. What about the Galaxy Note 7? It gained its certification in July 2016 and -- surprise, surprise -- it went on sale the next month.
Given this well-documented trend, it would stand to reason that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ could launch in January. However, Samsung representatives said earlier this month that it was "unlikely" that the pair would debut at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month.
Instead, it is highly likely that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will take the stage during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February. MWC 2018 will take place in Barcelona, Spain, as in years past.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are expected to be powered by one of two processors: the Samsung Exynos 9810 for international markets or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 for the U.S. market. Both smartphones will retain Infinity Display screens of the same size and resolution as their 2017 predecessors, while up to 6GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage are expected. In addition, the Galaxy S9+ is expected to include a rear dual camera arrangement similar to what's seen on the Galaxy Note 8.