Even though Samsung didn't launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus at Mobile World Congress, it used the event to announce a launch date. The smartphones will be unveiled on March 29, and in advance of that, the company released a short teaser video.
We reported in mid-February that Samsung was reportedly planning to make sure the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus made headlines during MWC 2017, even though the company wasn't planning to launch the handsets at the event as in previous years. Instead, it would supposedly hold fans over by announcing an official launch date for the devices.
Samsung Announces Galaxy S8 And S8 Plus Launch Date At MWC 2017
That report turned out to be true, as Samsung has used MWC to get some Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus publicity. The company announced the new smartphones will be unveiled at an Unpacked event on March 29 in New York City. It has also posted a video on its YouTube channel, which basically shows smartphones through the years, ending with a Galaxy S8 silhouette showing off its thin bezel dual curved edge display, which can be seen below.
Galaxy S8 And S8 Plus Specs And Features
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus recently leaked and an image of the smartphones showed off the new 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved edge Super AMOLED displays, in addition to the Always-On display and on-screen buttons. The pair will reportedly be powered by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor or Samsung Exynos chip (depending on region), and 4 GB of RAM.
The smartphones will run Android 7.0 Nougat, an updated version of TouchWiz, and include an iris scanner that will allow users to unlock the handsets and authorize mobile payments. The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are also believed to be launching with a new virtual assistant named "Bixby," include 64 GB of internal storage, and a microSD expansion slot that will support up to 256 GB microSD cards.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are expected to boast 12-megapixel rear cameras with phase detection, autofocus, ability to record 4K video at 60fps, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video conferencing. The S8 will reportedly use a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery, while the S8 Plus will supposedly use a 3,500 mAh non-removable battery.
While you mark your calendars for March 29, also mark April 21, as that is reportedly the official global release date for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. We'll continue to keep you posted on any additional details as they become available.