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Samsung Galaxy S8 release date specs

Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

We know the Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming in 2017, and the leaks and rumours are already flooding in. Here’s what we know about Samsung’s next flagship, including the Galaxy S8 release date, specs, features, and price.

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Samsung has had a very mixed year, to say the least. The Galaxy S7 was a huge hit with critics and consumers alike, while the ill-fated Note 7 met an untimely death-by-fire.

So it’s no surprise that Galaxy fans and forlorn Note 7 owners are looking forward to the Galaxy S8, which we’re expecting to arrive in February or March next year. Fortunately, Samsung has already confirmed the existence of the Galaxy S8, revealing plans for the handset during the messy Note 7 recall.

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Better still, we’re already hearing talk of Galaxy S8 specs, with rumoured features including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 chip, a 4K display, an ‘Edge’-style screen, and an improved camera.

Here’s a round-up of what to expect from the Galaxy S8.

Latest Galaxy S8 news:

When does the Galaxy S8 come out? February/March 2017

What’s new about the Galaxy S8? Rumoured: 4K screen, SD830 chip, USB-C

How much will the Galaxy S8 cost? Best guess: £599

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Galaxy S8 Release Date UK & US – When will the new Galaxy S8 come out?

The Galaxy S8 release date is likely of fall in either February or March, based on recent history. Here’s a quick look back at previous Galaxy phone launches:

While April seems like the most popular month of launch, we’re more convinced of a February debut. That’s because Samsung has shown a penchant for revealing the Galaxy S- flagships at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress tradeshow. In 2017, MWC is set to run between February 27 and March 2. We reckon the handset will actually debut one day before, on February 26. One leaker certainly agrees:

Analysts seemed mixed on the timing however, with some suggesting Samsung will rush out the device after the Note 7 debacle, while others believing the launch may be delayed in a bid to make sure the handset is right.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung may miss its Mobile World Congress launch window entirely, stating: “At risk is the expected February launch of [Samsung’s] next flagship smartphone, likely to be called the Galaxy S8.” The report continued:

“Samsung executives have delayed the development of the Galaxy S8 device by two weeks as engineers work to get to the bottom of the Note 7’s overheating problem, according to a member of the Galaxy S8 development team.”

And according to a November 2016 report by the Investor, Samsung is still settling on a launch date, but wants suppliers to be coughing up parts within the first four weeks of 2017.

“Key supplies are required to provide an initial batch of their parts for the Galaxy S8 from January,” said one industry source. “Full volume supplies will start in February.”

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Galaxy S8 Features – What’s new about the Galaxy S8?

The Galaxy S8 is guaranteed to flaunt some of 2017’s latest and greatest mobile hardware, but Samsung is keeping a tight lid on details.

Here’s what you can expect to see in terms of Galaxy S8 features…

Galaxy S8 Design – Major overhaul?

Samsung might be planning a major design overhaul for next year’s Galaxy S8.

A report from Korea’s ETNews says Samsung wants to ditch the Home button, integrated its functionality into the display instead – just like Apple’s rumoured iPhone 8. Samsung allegedly wants to do this to “fill all of the front of the Galaxy S8 with just screen”. This video from Android blog Techdroid shows a Galaxy S8 render based on such rumours:

 Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge Screen – Will Samsung use a 4K display?

On the matter of displays, we should kick off with the screen sizes for past Samsung flagship phones:

    Galaxy S7 – 5.1-inch
    Galaxy S7 Edge – 5.5-inch
    Galaxy S6 – 5.1-inch
    Galaxy S6 Edge – 5.1-inch
    Galaxy S5 – 5.1-inch

There’s a clear trend of 5.1-inch panels, which is a decent middle-ground that suits most users. We’d expect the Galaxy S8 to follow suit, although a report from the Korea Herald pointed to two variants: 5.7-inches and 6.2-inches.

We’re also convinced that 2017 might be the year Samsung moves to a 4K display, following on from the Galaxy S6’s introduction of a QHD screen. One report from Weibo suggested that one variant of the Galaxy S8 will use a 4K-resolution screen