Samsung is about to launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on March 29 at an event in London and New York at the same time.
The company has confirmed to the South Korean media that it will begin taking preorders for both these devices from April 7. As anticipated, customers in South Korea will be the first ones to get their hands on the brand-new flagships.
However, the company has not revealed a date for the global rollout of the flagship devices.
The April 7 preorder date information comes courtesy of ET News, which cites company executives, and reveals that the duration of the pre-sale will be from April 7 to April 17. Eventually, the Galaxy S8 and its sibling, the Galaxy S8+, will hit the shelves in South Korea on April 21.
The reports also state that from April 18, Samsung may be holding pre-launch proceedings exclusively in South Korea.
Three key carriers in the country may organize the pre-launch event in their premises for subscribers. Consumers may also get the opportunity to participate in the event and earn some rewards.
These events will be held from April 18 to April 20. During these events, the maximum prize a participant may win is around $2,650. The other prizes may include Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ phones or the Samsung Gear S3.
Generally it is unusual for carriers and Samsung to arrange pre-sales events just a few days before the sale. Carriers usually hold events on the day when the sale starts.
A Samsung official has said that these pre-launch events for Samsung Galaxy S8 were planned suddenly, and it is believed that these may be held in a bid to increase the number of subscribers for the carriers.
Galaxy S8+ U.S. Release
Previous reports have indicated that the release date of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ may be postponed due to the company's intense testing process. This is to prevent another fiasco similar to the one following the Galaxy Note 7 release.
Samsung may release the latest flagships in the United States on April 28, not April 21, according to tipster Evan Blass. Even though this report does not go on to state when the company would roll out the flagships globally, it does give an inkling that it may be sooner rather than later.
The April 21 release for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ in its home country suggests that the smartphones could arrive in the United States soon after.
For now, it seems that the release date of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ in global markets is still April 28, unless the company decides to surprise fans and roll them out on April 21 itself.
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