It is no secret and almost expected that in 2018, we can expect Samsung to take the wraps off the new Galaxy S9 smartphones. It is also expected that just like this year’s models, there will be two models offered next year, presumably one will be the Galaxy S9 and the other being the Galaxy S9+.

Now according to a report from SamMobile, it looks like those assumptions could be proven correct because not only has firmware development of both phones begun, but the firmware has also revealed some additional details, namely two model numbers that are supposedly belonging to next year’s Galaxy S9 handsets.

The model numbers spotted in the firmware are G960FXXU0AQI5 and G965FXXU0AQI5, which more or less translates to the SM-G960 and the SM-G965, with the latter being the “Plus” model. As SamMobile notes, firmware development for the Galaxy S9 appears to have begun earlier than last year by about two weeks.

We have heard rumors that Samsung could be aiming for an even earlier release, possibly in January which means that any announcement would probably be around CES 2018. Other rumors also include the possibility that the Galaxy S9 would have dibs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is rather ironic considering that a couple of years ago, Samsung opted to not outfit their flagships with Qualcomm’s chipsets.

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