No, there's no 'Microsoft Edition' Galaxy S9 available for pre-order

Samsung Galaxy S9+ Camera Interface

Samsung Galaxy S9+ Camera Interface

The only difference will be that when customers purchase the Galaxy S9 from a Microsoft store, employees at its brick and mortar locations will then offer assistance on how to get Microsoft apps and make the most out of them on Samsung's latest flagship.

A recent report published by global market researcher Gartner showed that around 407.8 million handsets were sold in the fourth quarter last year, down 5.6 percent on-year.

The article's sources say that Samsung has made quarterly plans for 12 million shipments in the first quarter, 13 million in the second, 10 million in the third, and eight million in the fourth. According to the data compiled by industry tracker Counterpoint Research, the company accounted for 38.3 percent of the region's smartphone market past year. However, despite this drop, Samsung was one of the few companies that actually managed to increase its year-on-year sales in that quarter.

It's not like there's a need for a Microsoft Edition of Samsung's flagship smartphones anyway. That's two days before the Korean OEM's Turkish branch expects to be able to deliver the UI enhancements and revisions, possibly signaling a wide-scale global rollout in a much smaller window than the Galaxy S8 duo. But with the added pressure of ...

Microsoft will ship the pre-orders by March 16 and that's also when the handset will be available in its stores. In addition, the bar set by the Galaxy S8 is high: the device filled the void left by the recalled Galaxy Note 7, benefiting from pent-up demand.

Latin America is a major market for Samsung.

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