Samsung has confirmed that it would be holding its Galaxy Unpacked event on 25th February in Barcelona (26th February, 1AM SGT). The announcement date is earlier than previous years where the Galaxy S8 and S7 were announced in mid/end March.
The Bell speculated that an earlier launch of the Galaxy S9 handsets will help Samsung defend its smartphone sales against the iPhone X/8/8 Plus.
Pre-orders are expected to begin in the same week on 1st March with retail availability from 16th March. So you can expect Samsung and the local telcos opening up pre-orders and register-of-interest during this period.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are rumored to cost more than the current S8 lineup. An unnamed official of one South Korean telco reportedly said that the retail prices of the S9 handsets will go up although customers are unlikely to feel burdened.
The expected price range for the Galaxy S9 is reportedly between 950,000 won (~S$1,163) and 990,000 won (S$1,212). In comparison, the Galaxy S8 was launched in Singapore at S$1,148. Assuming that the Galaxy S9 costs S$1,212, that would be a 5% increase in price.
Another report by TechRadar, citing information from a source in the U.K. mobile phone deals industry, claimed that the Galaxy S9 could cost 25% more! The Galaxy S9 is said to be priced at £789 (~S$1,445).
Just take note that all pricing information is speculative at this point of time. It won't be long before the details are officially known.