Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ rumors have really picked up over the past few months. Especially regarding talks of a delayed release date. We know what to expect thanks to leaked photos, and an official release date already. The new Galaxy S8 will be announced on March 29th, but when will it be released? Below is a release date breakdown with everything you need to know.
Samsung recently confirmed their new phones wouldn’t be unveiled in February, and instead at the end of the month announced the launch date. Both are officially being revealed on March 29th, and will be available sometime in April.
Considering leaked photos and video have all but confirmed the Galaxy S8, and the huge 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ we’re now left wondering when we can actually buy one. Below we’ll cover the Galaxy S8 release date, pre-orders, pricing, color options and more based on rumors, past launches and more.
Here, in an effort to help those looking to get Samsung’s next big thing, we break down the upcoming Galaxy S8 release for the US and elsewhere. Again, nothing is official yet aside from the launch event date. That said, more information will be available shortly.
Galaxy S8 Launch Event
For years on end the next Galaxy S was announced in February at Mobile World Congress in Spain. Due to the Galaxy Note 7 recall, that won’t happen this year. Samsung already confirmed the launch delay. However, a brand new video was just released confirming when it will arrive. The next Galaxy will officially be unveiled on March 29th. Samsung has confirmed the date with GottaBeMobile.
Here’s the video Samsung will be showing to those in Spain, which confirms the launch. However, the actual release date remains a mystery. More on that below.
— Faryaab Sheikh (@Faryaab) February 26, 2017
For those that have been waiting for further evidence, here it is. The Galaxy S8 is coming in April, after being announced later this month. Now we have to sit through leaks for another 45+ days.
Galaxy S8 Release Date
While the launch event will be exciting as they unveil their bigger, better, sleek smartphone with huge displays, the release date is what’s important. In 2016 the Galaxy S7 was announced in February and released on March 11th. This year though, it’s coming much later than anyone expected.
Everything we’ve heard so far suggests a mid April release date. This is due to building up the supply, not to mention extreme testing measures to prevent another battery incident like the Galaxy Note 7 from last year. The two dates being thrown around are April 21st and the 24th.
The photo above comes from renowned leakster Evan Blass. Known as @evleaks on Twitter. According to him the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be released around the globe starting April 28th. Yes, that’s one week later than any other rumor we’ve heard thus far. His previous sources said the 21st, but new information claims Samsung is taking even more time to get things right in 2017.
Another report that just surfaced recently believes the Galaxy S8 will absolutely be released on Friday, April 21st. However, earlier reports from highly trusted sources all claimed the 24th instead. While we don’t know anything for sure yet, it’s highly likely that the S8 won’t be available until sometime near the end of April. Over 45 days later than prior models.
If Samsung does push it back until the 28th of April, LG will have even more time to sell the G6 before the Galaxy S8 takes the market by storm.
Galaxy S8 Pre-Orders
Another question we’ve been hearing from potential buyers is regarding Galaxy S8 preorders. With a sleek new design and bigger curved displays, inventory could be somewhat limited. Especially considering there are millions of people who returned the Galaxy Note 7 and will be looking to buy the Galaxy S8.
If the company releases a higher 128GB storage model, not to mention multiple colors, select variants will sell out extremely fast. This is why preorders will be important for buyers. Right now we have no concrete details as to when preorders will begin. That said, last year it was two days after the announcement, on February 23rd, and lasted until the release date on March 11th.
One source told GottaBeMobile pre-orders will begin on April 4-8th giving buyers a few weeks to decide before the global release date. This has yet to be confirmed, but if the LG G6 does get released on April 8th in the US, Samsung will likely open pre-orders on the 4th in order to steal customers from the competition. Just know Samsung and carriers will give us multiple weeks to decide which Galaxy is right for us, and pre-order so one is ready come release day. Although we don’t expect nearly an entire month of pre-orders.
Galaxy S8 & Galaxy S8+ Specs
Thanks to a slew of leaks and information the Galaxy S8 specs have all but been confirmed at this point. Sporting beautiful new “Infinity displays” and a sleek new design. Some of the information below is subject to change, but here’s what we think we know so far.
Galaxy S8 Specs (Rumored)
- 5.8 and 6.2-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD AMOLED Infinity Display
- Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos Processor with 4GB of RAM
- 64GB of internal storage and a micro-SD slot for expansion
- Android 7.1 Nougat with Samsung TouchWiz
- 12 DualPixel Rear Camera with OIS, phase detection auto-focus, f/1.7
- 8 Megapixel f/1.7 aperture front camera
- Rear-mounted Fingerprint Scanner, Front Iris Eye scanner
- IP68 dust & water resistance
- 3,250 and 3,750 mAh battery with Fast & Wireless Charging
- Improved Always-On Display
- Samsung Pay, 3.5mm headphone jack, new Gear VR, more
The information above hasn’t been confirmed, but is almost guaranteed to be accurate. Additionally, the image below lends credence to all the reports gathered so far.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ spec sheet. Impress your friends, confound your enemies…with knowledge. pic.twitter.com/lHrHge8BUa
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 22, 2017
The Galaxy S8 will have the biggest display of any flagship Galaxy S or Note released to date. The bezels will be tiny, and the corners of the screen will be rounded. It’s also worth stating that while they have huge screens, they will only be slightly bigger physically than last year. Here’s a detailed comparison with photos showing the size of the Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S8 and more.
Galaxy S8 Carriers & Colors
As many of you already know, this will be one of the biggest and most important smartphones released in 2017. Aside from maybe the iPhone 8 or iPhone X. Meaning almost every carrier in the United States and around the globe will carry it.
Last year all major US carriers offered the Galaxy S7, including small regional operators. We can expect it to be available from Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Cricket, MetroPCS, and many others. Additionally, it will be on almost all main carriers throughout Canada, Europe, South Korea, and elsewhere. This will be Samsung’s biggest launch ever. Expect almost everyone to have the Galaxy S8 for sale.
According to the image above the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be available in three colors at launch. Those being Black, Gold and Orchid Gray. We can also expect other options to shortly follow just like previous years. Expect a Rose Gold, Coral Blue, maybe even Red and other options to be limited by region and select stores.
The image above also suggests week 14 for the release, which is early April, and pricing that is more expensive than ever before.
Galaxy S8 Price
Here’s where things start to get a little more confusing, and into the unknown. How much will the Galaxy S8 cost? According to multiple sources, a lot. We’re hearing the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be the most expensive smartphone ever released by Samsung. Starting at $849.
When you consider the bigger screens, latest technology, all-day battery life, water-resistance and more, it makes sense that these will not be cheap smartphones. A leak from all the way back in January could have accurate information though.
— Ricciolo (@Ricciolo1) January 16, 2017
According to a few reports over the past few months the Galaxy S8 will retail for $849 in the US, and the Galaxy S8+ will be $949 USD. Very expensive phones. As a comparison, the Galaxy S7 Edge was $769 from most US carriers in 2016.
Evan Blass reported the pricing as €799 and €899, which averages out to around $844 USD also. Expect carriers to offer monthly payment plans starting around $35 a month for 24 months on the Galaxy S8, and roughly $39.50 for 24 months on the Galaxy S8 Plus. Pricing may vary by region, carrier, and could be different than the values mentioned above once they’re announced by Samsung. We’ll have to wait and see. Either way, expect both phones to cost more than last year, or any year for that matter.
In closing, everything mentioned above is subject to change from now until the inevitable Galaxy S8 release date. That being said, we’re pretty confident in most of the final details that are available thus far. Over the past few weeks the release has changed a few times, and that could happen again in April as carriers prepare for launch.
Buyers can also expect the all-new Samsung Gear VR with motion controller to launch alongside the Galaxy S8, potentially free microSD cards again like last year, and a slew of accessories. Samsung has continued to offer more and more accessories and cases with each new release. There is even the possibility of incentives for those who had to return a Galaxy Note 7.
At the end of the day all potential buyers need to know is the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ won’t be available in March like last year. Instead, everything has been pushed back a little bit. However, from everything we’ve seen so far they will certainly be worth the wait.