Speaking to the local media recently, Koh Dong-jin, president of Samsung’s mobile arm, said that the company will be sharing the official launch schedule for the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona on the 27th of this month.
Samsung will be present at the Mobile World Congress this year, but will not be announcing the Galaxy S8 at the event. Instead, the South Korean conglomerate is expected to announce the Galaxy Tab S3 tablet and a few other new devices at the event. In addition to revealing the Galaxy S8 launch date, Samsung is also expected to tease the smartphone by releasing a one-minute video of the device at MWC 2017.
Going by recent leaks, Samsung could announce the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ smartphones at an Unpacked event on March 29th in New York City. As far as the actual launch goes, the two smartphones are tipped to go on sale in major markets on April 21. As we have told you earlier, Samsung has delayed the launch of the Galaxy S8 owing to stricter product testing norms that have been introduced after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle last year.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to feature a 5.7-inch 2960 x 1440 resolution Super AMOLED display with close to no bezels on all sides, helping it achieve an impressive screen-to-body ratio. Its bigger sibling, the Galaxy S8+, will feature a 6-inch Super AMOLED display with the same resolution. Unlike last year, there is no flat variant this year, both models will come with a dual-curved edge display. Under the hood, the Galaxy S8 duo will be powered either by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or the Exynos 8895 chipset, depending on the market. Disappointingly, the two handsets will not be an upgrade over their predecessors in the memory department. Samsung is rumored to include “only” 4GB of RAM on both models, coupled with 64GB of internal expandable storage. Rest of the rumored specs include a 12MP rear camera with Dual Pixel tech, 8MP selfie camera, an iris scanner, USB Type-C port, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a new Bixby virtual assistant.