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Looks like the successor to the Galaxy S8 will come with a bigger battery. Reuters/Kim Hong-ji

Leaks about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 flagship phone are unstoppable. Just days after alleged renders of the handset emerged online, a new report is now claiming that a test unit of the highly anticipated smartphone may have just confirmed its battery size.

A report fresh from China seems to be strongly suggesting that the Galaxy S9 will have a significantly bigger battery than this year’s Galaxy S8. As per the report, someone who claims to have obtained a test unit of the Galaxy S9 revealed that the Galaxy S8’s successor is housing a 3,200mAh battery. The same source claimed that the new Samsung flagship handset will support Quick Charge 3.0.

While the information that the Chinese site published wasn’t verified, SamMobile pointed out that this does have some bearing because the leaked dimensions of the Galaxy S9 suggest that the hardware of the phone will be thicker. A thicker body would technically be capable of accommodating a much bigger battery capacity than the Galaxy S8’s.

Per usual, everything about the Galaxy S9 so far is purely speculative. Hence, Samsung fans are advised to take this new report with a grain of salt. Since Samsung is not one to confirm anything prior the launch of a new product, there’s no telling which among the leaks and rumors are true.

As previously reported by IBTimes, Samsung has already addressed the CES 2018 launch rumors and said that it’s very “unlikely” for the Galaxy S9 to make an appearance at the January event. Because of this many concluded that Samsung’s statement was a confirmation and a hint that the new flagship phone is going to debut at MWC 2018 this coming February.

South Korean site The Bell reported last Friday that Samsung will most likely reveal the Galaxy S9 on Feb. 27, which is just a day after the kickoff of MWC 2018. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if this turns out to be true, considering that Samsung has debuted several of its flagship phones at the big mobile industry gathering in Barcelona.

Over the weekend, Bloomberg also published a report saying Samsung is gearing up to announce its next flagship handset in February. The publication also stated that both the Galaxy S9 and its bigger variant, the Galaxy S9 Plus, will be similar to the current models, but with the inclusion of an upgraded camera system. The outlet has gotten this information from anonymous people familiar with the South Korea tech giant’s plans.

As for the official release date of the handset, sources say the Galaxy S9 could become available for purchase in mid-March. Samsung released the Galaxy S8 in mid-April of this year. Several sources claim that Samsung wants to release the Galaxy S9 a month earlier than its predecessor just so it could compete with Apple’s iPhone X for the first half of 2018.