Samsung's German unit prematurely launched the support page for what's believed to be the dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy S9 identified by the model number SM-G960F/DS, as first noticed by Dutch tech blog LetsGoDigital. The website doesn't reveal any other details about the device itself, though it indicates Samsung will be offering dual-SIM models of its upcoming Android flagship in at least some parts of Europe, much like it did with its other high-end mobile devices released in recent years. The same model number was previously spotted on Samsung China's website, suggesting a launch in the Far Eastern country.
It's presently unclear whether the South Korean tech giant is also planning on offering a dual-SIM version of the larger Galaxy S9 Plus, though that seems like a probable scenario. The models capable of accepting two SIM cards will likely have a separate microSD card tray and won't utilize a Hybrid SIM setup that's popular among many phone makers as it allows for significant cost savings. The dual-SIM versions of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus should hit the market simultaneously with the regular models which are expected to begin retailing on a global level in the second half of March. Samsung already confirmed the Galaxy S9 lineup will be officially announced in the run-up to the 2018 edition of the Mobile World Congress on February 25th.
The upcoming Android flagship series has been leaked in an extensive manner over the course of the last several months, with most reports suggesting Samsung will be looking to provide a refined Galaxy S8 formula instead of opting for another radical redesign. The most notable upgrades offered by the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus should come in the form of a new system-on-chip and improved imaging capabilities. The international versions of the devices are said to feature the Exynos 9810 chip, whereas the U.S. and Chinese models are expected to be powered by Qualcomm's 845. The main camera of both devices will rely on a 12-megapixel sensor with variable aperture ranging from f/2.5 to industry-leading f/1.5, according to previous rumors. The Galaxy S9 Plus should also have a dual-camera setup, with its secondary module being of the 12-megapixel, fixed-aperture variety.