The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have only just recently been announced and neither handset has yet to go on sale, but according to a report from The Bell (via The Investor; via PhoneArena), development on 2018’s Samsung Galaxy S9 has already begun. If true, this puts development of the handset 6 months ahead compared to the Galaxy S8.

So what’s with the early start? Shouldn’t Samsung be focusing on the Note 8 instead? According to the report, it seems that this is because of the new safety and testing procedures Samsung put into place following the Note 7’s fiasco, which we guess makes sense. The report claims that there is already a team in place who are working on the display panels for the handset and are allegedly aiming to supply samples mid-April.

It is unclear as to how far along Samsung is in terms of development, but we can only imagine that they are only just getting started, especially since we can imagine that their focus right now would be on the Galaxy S8/S8+ and the Note 8 which should be released towards the later part of the year.

It is too early to speculate as to what kind of specs Samsung might go with for the Galaxy S9, but presumably given the alleged head start they have, maybe the Galaxy S9 could see Samsung introduce an on-screen fingerprint sensor that they apparently ran out of time for the Galaxy S8, but either way take this report with a huge dose of salt for now.

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