The unlocked variant of the Galaxy S9 will start at $960 CAD in Canada, whereas the Galaxy S9 Plus will be priced at $1,100 CAD. Consumers looking to acquire the new devices on a contract will be met with an upfront fee of $249 CAD for the Galaxy S9 and $379 CAD for the Galaxy S9 Plus. Bell, Bell MTS, Telus, Rogers, Virgin, Eastlink, Fido, Koodo, Videotron, Tbaytel, SaskTel, and Freedom Mobile have all already confirmed they'll be carrying Samsung's latest Android flagships and are expecting to have them in stock by mid-March. The Titanium Gray and Lilac Purple color options are the only two models that have been announced as coming to the country so far.
Wireless carriers in Canada are all expected to offer various promotions to incentivize consumers to order the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus in advance. In case of Rogers, its subscribers who place a pre-order on either device will receive a free Samsung Fast Wireless Charging Stand usually priced at $90 CAD. Samsung Canada will be retailing the unlocked variants of the two handsets directly and offering trade-in deals for the phones, slashing no less than $100 CAD in exchange for your old device if you order it online, though the company has yet to reveal the maximum trade-in value achievable through the promotion. Those who prefer in-store purchases will be able to take advantage of the same deal, with the minimum guaranteed trade-in amount being $150 CAD in that case. Both promotions will be available until April 9, Samsung Canada said. Fido is offering a fixed $150 trade-in deal on either device.
As was the case with all recent generations of Samsung's Android flagships, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus sold in Canada are powered by Qualcomm's latest high-end chip. This year, that's the Snapdragon 845 which the tech giant announced several months back. The SoC promises an unprecedented level of energy efficiency and is touted as being capable of delivering on-device AI processing. The Galaxy S9 lineup is visually similar to the Galaxy S8 series but improves on the camera performance of the previous devices, largely thanks to the addition of a variable-aperture lens, with the Galaxy S9 Plus boasting a dual-camera setup with a secondary 12-megapixel sensor. The handsets are set to be released globally on March 16, though customers who pre-order them may receive their new pocket companions even before that date.