Mobile World Congress won’t be quite as big of an event for Samsung this year: the Korean company isn’t expected to launch its next flagship phone at the event. While this may be the case, it appears Samsung will announce the Galaxy S8’s launch date at MWC 2017.
In a recent news report, Samsung’s mobile head, Koh Dong-jin, confirmed that the Galaxy S8’s release date will be announced at the upcoming tech convention. Curiously, this will reportedly take place on the 27th of February; a day after Samsung’s scheduled press conference on the 26th.
Aside from that, Forbes reported that Samsung may have “accidentally” confirmed the Galaxy S8 Plus by posting up the device’s support page. Carrying the model number “SM-G955FZKDINS,” clicking on the link only leads to a blank page. If this is indeed the Galaxy S8 Plus’ model number, this would be the first time Samsung acknowledges the existence of the device.
There have been plenty of leaks and rumours surrounding the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and thanks to these, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Samsung’s upcoming flagships. These include 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch QHD displays on the S8 and S8 Plus respectively, an almost “all-screen” front, as well as Samsung’s very own AI assistant dubbed Bixby.
After the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung is definitely taking extra precaution to not rush the production of the Galaxy S8, which explains its absence from MWC 2017. Nonetheless, we’ll keep a close eye on any announcement from Samsung on the S8’s release date; rumours are pointing to a 29 March launch event in New York.