Samsung is expected to unveil its next flagship smartphone in April, of that we’re almost certain, but information about the Galaxy S8 market availability has been a bit of a mystery until today.
Korean media reports industry sources claim that Samsung has already confirmed that the market launch date of the Galaxy S8 has already been decided. The flagship will be launch globally on April 18, but it’s likely to benefit from a staged release, so it won’t be available in all countries at once.
The same source claims Samsung Galaxy S8 will be officially unveiled at a dedicated event, which is said to take place by late March or early April.
Although the information comes in line with other reports claiming Samsung will start Galaxy S8 mass production in March and plans to have around 10 million units ready for the April release, it hasn’t been confirmed by the company’s officials.
On a side note, Korean media suggests that Samsung’s original plan included a February unveil for the Galaxy S8, but due to the unexpected Galaxy Note 7 recall, it had to modify the schedule and push back the announcement.
Another cause for the delay is the major design change that Samsung plans for the Galaxy S8, but the major reason behind the rather late announcement is the long production process time required for the new flagship.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to feature a bezel-less display, which will allow Samsung to enlarge the screen without changing the phone’s size. Also, Samsung will ditch the physical Home key in favor of virtual button integrated in the display.