Samsung is planning to officially introduce the Galaxy S9, its first flagship offering for this year, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) event, which will be held in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain this February. As reported by ZDNet, DJ Koh, the president of the South Korean tech giant’s mobile division, made the announcement during the Consumer Electronics Show, which is ongoing right now in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is not a total surprise at all. Less than a month ago, rumors were already brewing that the Galaxy S9 will make its debut in February of this year, specifically during the annual MWC. This year’s event is scheduled to start on February 26th and run until March 1st. Back in November of last year, there was talk that Samsung had plans to launch the Galaxy S9 during CES 2018, but Koh has since confirmed that the newest flagship will be unveiled more than a month from now.
Meanwhile, Huawei has also announced at this year’s CES that its latest phablet offering, the Mate 10 Pro, will be sold in the United States unlocked for a price of $799 starting next month, through retail partners that include Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft, Newegg, and B&H. The device will be made available for preordering beginning on February 4th, while the official release date will be on February 18th, by way of the retail chains mentioned in the preceding sentence.
What about the other new Huawei phablet, the Mate 10? Well as it turns out, the Chinese mobile manufacturer will also be releasing a new variant called the Porsche Design Mate 10. Just like any other Porsche branded product, the pricing is a bit high ($1,225), but if consumers are okay with purchasing Apple's $1,000 iPhone X, then they just might do the same for this special edition of Huawei’s Mate 10. Like the unlocked Mate 10 Pro, the Porsche Design Mate 10 will be hitting stores on February 18th, and will also be sold in Porsche Design Stores in America by the end of next month.
In other Huawei related news, the company has decided to showcase its Huawei VR2 headset at CES 2018. The virtual reality headset was first introduced by the Chinese phone maker back in October of last year in its native homeland. Whereas its predecessor, the Huawei VR, required users to slide a handset inside, the Huawei VR2 can function as a stand alone unit, which can be connected to a smartphone, tablet, or a personal computer (by way of USB-C). It delivers a resolution of 1,600 by 1,440 (3K). No pricing and availability details have been made public yet for the Huawei VR2 headset, and it will be interesting to see how American consumers take to it, especially with competition present (like HTC’s upgraded Vive Pro VR headset).
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