Unless Samsung has a change of heart or strategy, the launch of the Galaxy S9 (and presumably the Galaxy S9+) in 2018 is more or less a given. What is also a given is that Samsung will most likely launch the handset with Android 8.0 Oreo preinstalled, or possibly a later build of Oreo.
This is why it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that according to Galaxy Club (via SamMobile), Samsung is apparently testing out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the handset already. However it seems that this is version 8.0 we’re talking about, not version 8.1 which is already available as a beta for Nexus and Pixel handsets.
It is rather odd that Samsung would not want to bundle the latest version, but then again it is possible that Samsung could launch the phone with 8.1, or at least that’s what we’re hoping for. Not much is known about the Galaxy S9 for now, except that one version could pack the latest Samsung Exynos chipset.
We’ve also heard that Samsung won’t be changing the design too much and that it could come with an improved facial recognition system. There are also rumors claiming that the phone could be announced earlier than expected, possibly in January 2018 at CES.