Samsung France Prematurely Hangs Galaxy S9 Plus Banner

The French division of Samsung Electronics prematurely hanged a banner promoting the Galaxy S9 Plus earlier this week, with the advertisement being seen decorating the Center of New Industries and Technologies (CNIT) in the La Défense district of Paris. The image seen above captured by French tech blog Mac4Ever documented the installation of the banner on Friday, with the ad itself seemingly showing the Lilac Purple variant of the upcoming Android flagship. The local unit of the South Korean tech giant is reportedly often hanging promotional banners at CNIT but rarely does so to advertise products that are yet to be announced.

The promo itself doesn't provide a full look at the flagship but does confirm its dual-camera setup consisting of two vertically aligned sensors and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash, in addition to showing a heart rate monitor to the right and a fingerprint reader resting below the main imaging system of the phablet. The handset is seen displaying an image of a dandelion with a heavy purple hue, though it remains to be seen whether that shot ends up being one of the official wallpapers of the Lilac Purple version of the Galaxy S9 Plus. By most accounts, the 6.2-inch phablet will be a much more significant upgrade over the Galaxy S8 lineup than the smaller Galaxy S9; besides being the only member of the new product family with a dual-camera setup, it's also expected to debut with 6GB of RAM instead of 4GB. A dual-SIM model has so far only been rumored in the context of the larger phablet and the same goes for an ultra-premium variant with 256GB of internal flash memory, though that particular product may not be available for purchase outside of select Asian markets.

Samsung has been in the process of teasing its next high-end mobile offerings for several weeks now, having already confirmed the duo will be announced on Sunday, February 25. Both handsets should become available for pre-orders no later than March 1 and be released on a global level on March 16, according to previous reports. Recent rumors also suggested Samsung is planning to increase the prices of its next two Android flagships by approximately $100 compared to their predecessors which started at around $700 and $800, depending on the market.

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