There have been countless reports suggesting that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be launched a month earlier than their predecessors. Samsung is expected to announce the handsets at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in February. It will then release the device in early March. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are now one step closer to release as both devices have been certified by the FCC.

The FCC certified Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphones on December 27th. Predictably, the listings don’t reveal anything about the specifications of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The filing doesn’t even include a standard design outline that’s normally seen in FCC filings.

One theory is that when these documents were submitted to the FCC, Samsung hadn’t decided on the final design for the Galaxy S9. It’s plausible given that Samsung filed some of the documents with the FCC in mid-November.

The international unlocked models of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ with model numbers SM-G960F and SM-G965F respectively have now been certified by the FCC. It has cleared a major hurdle on its way to shelves across the globe.

A certification at this point in time suggests that there’s merit to reports of an early launch. Multiple reports have claimed that Samsung will officially announce the Galaxy S9 at MWC 2018 in February. It may need a couple of weeks after that to release the handset. It was also reported recently that Samsung has started mass production of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

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