Sure, Samsung might be planning to formally introduce its newest flagship device, the Galaxy S9, in February of next year during the annual Mobile World Congress to be held in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain, but that does not mean it will not be showcasing something new at the Consumer Electronics Show, which is scheduled to happen next month in Las Vegas in Nevada.
As reported by South Korea’s ETNews, it appears that Samsung has plans to debut two new additions to its Galaxy A series of smartphone devices -- likely the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8 Plus. Some may remember that about a year ago, Samsung had announced a trio of new Galaxy A handsets -- namely, the Galaxy A7, the Galaxy A5, and the Galaxy A3. Next year’s new Galaxy A models should be welcome updates to this current lineup.
Another South Korean phone maker, LG, is apparently thinking of also unveiling new devices at the CES 2018 event. ETNews also reports that LG will be showcasing its newest LG K smartphone offering at the annual electronics show. The company began 2016 by announcing its new K lineup of handsets. The next few months would see LG release the LG K3 and debut the LG K4 LTE on Verizon Wireless’ network.
Next year’s CES event runs from January 9th until January 12th. The last few years has seen the electronics show expand its focus to not only highlight the newest smartphone devices, but also other smart devices as well, especially smart home appliances. As for the phone makers themselves, a number of them seem to prefer announcing their latest flagship offerings during the Mobile World Congress, which typically happens a month after the CES event.
Nevertheless, CES still features some interesting debuts, mostly midrange devices that would often go on to become some of the best budget friendly mobile devices in any given year. For phone makers like Samsung and LG, much of the attention they are getting usually revolve around their latest high end handsets. But it is sometimes easy to forget that these companies have become global brands also because of their more affordable and accessible smartphone products.
The Galaxy A and LG K devices might not be premium models, but they do deliver impressive specs for their prices. The new Galaxy A models are rumored to feature an AMOLED Infinity display (with an aspect ratio of 18 to 9), a fingerprint scanner, and software features like Samsung Pay, Bixby Home and Bixby Remind, and Split View and Pop Up View multitasking. As for the new LG K handsets, they are expected by many to offer a 5.3 inch full HD screen, 3 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), 32 gigabytes of built in memory, and LG Pay.
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