Samsung Galaxy S8: release date and everything you should know

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Samsung Galaxy S8: release date and everything you should know

Update: A leaked live image, case and screen protectors and renders fill in many of the S8’s gaps, including dimensions, battery size and more.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 was almost everything we hoped for, with improvements throughout leading it to be one of the most powerful, stylish and all round accomplished smartphones on the market.

But there’s still room for improvement and based on the rumors we’re hearing that’s exactly what we’ll get from the Galaxy S8, with talk of a new AI assistant, a dual-lens camera, an upgraded screen and more.

You’ll find full details below, as we’re collecting all the rumors and news about the phone, along with our own educated guesses.

We also have a wish-list for what we want to see from the Samsung Galaxy S8. And we’d love to hear what you think, so let us know in the comments below and we’ll furiously email them to Samsung.

What we hope to see on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge and Galaxy Note 6;

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Samsung’s next flagship smartphone
  • When is it out? Rumors say March 29th 2017 launch, April 21st 2017 release date
  • What will it cost? Maybe around £655

Samsung typically announces new phones at the end of February, but its mobile president confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 won’t be announced at MWC 2017 – well, not announced in full at least.

Instead, we’ll see the new Android Nougat phone teased in a one-minute video at the event on February 26, according to a new report out of Korea. Most of the company’s MWC press conference will focus on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.

Expect 60 seconds a slowly rotating smartphone draped in dark shadows and have it all accompanied by booming music. Maybe even a tagline like ‘The next big thing just got even bigger,’ alluding to a larger display size.

The official launch date may happen a little more than one month later, with the newest believable leaks saying it’ll be a March 29 launch event in New York that outs the new Samsung phone. The actual Galaxy S8 release date in stores is expected to be April 21st.

Samsung’s biggest phones typically go through a one month lag time between their announcement and actual shipment dates, so that part at least checks out.

Of course, we’ve also heard about other possible release dates, including April 21st. Either way, Samsung isn’t launching its phone as soon as it usually does.