It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S9 is just around the corner. Passing through the necessary and often expensive FCC certification process is quintessential for safety when it comes to certain electronic devices.

The S9 and S9 Plus were spotted by the safety regulatory body as SM-G960F and SM-965F.

There is no mention of any detailed performance specs cited in the document.

This more or less, gives a better sign of when to potentially expect the S9 and S9 Plus in 2018.

Smartphone manufacturers generally follow an almost consistent product release cycle. As cited by Pocket-lint, tech blog Droid Life noted that Samsung’s Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy S7 showed up on the FCC one month before they went on sale in North America.

That may or may not be the case this time around. We’ve heard earlier rumors about an early Galaxy S9 release, making it a challenge to determine an exact time frame.

We are not expecting any ground-breaking designs or innovative hardware features with the next-generation Galaxy devices.

These new devices are more of an incremental update to an already fantastic Galaxy lineup. The S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 are all fantastic flagship smartphones which are among the cream of the crop for 2017.

We’ll see the same 5.8 inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Infinity displays for 2018. A more efficient Snapdragon 845 processor and the inclusion of the 3.5mm jack are among the most noteworthy features.

While it may not be a justification for current-gen Galaxy smartphone owners to upgrade, the new models are expected to sport AKG stereo speakers as noted by VentureBeat. This is a welcome addition and should offer better sound quality versus the mono setup of the S8.

The FCC filing simply showcases the various wireless bands the new devices are supporting. That’s pretty standard stuff which most of us subconsciously expect with every new high-end mobile device from Samsung.

If Samsung wants to get a leg up on its closest rival, sooner than later may be the best time to release the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. Since Apple’s latest admission to slowing down older iPhones isn’t sitting well with a number of customers, Samsung could potentially capitalize on a tough situation for the Cupertino tech giant.

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