Finally, We Have Confirmation of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch Date

By Holly Brockwell on at

At a press conference in Barcelona this afternoon, Samsung finally announced the date we've all been waiting for: the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Save the date: it's the 29th of March. 

That doesn't mean the phone will actually be available from then - but that's the date of the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 launch event where the wraps will be taken off the new phone for the first time. Global release should follow not long after.

The S8 is one of the most hotly-anticipated phones of recent years, not least because electronics behemoth Samsung is in quite a bit of trouble. There was of course the whole kerfuffle around the recall and re-recall of the Galaxy Note 7, then the Vice Chairman of the Korean company was similarly almost-arrested and then actually arrested.

Samsung hasn't given us any further details of the S8, but if the rumours are to be believed, we'll be seeing two phones: the S8 and S8 Plus, much like Huawei's new P10 and P10 Plus. Samsung is rumoured to have dropped the home key from the front face of the device, and we'll also apparently get to try its long-rumoured voice assistant, Bixby.

As for MWC, though, Samsung has been concentrating on other devices - most notably the Galaxy Tab S3.

Giz UK is on the floor at MWC in Barcelona! We're going to have plenty of coverage coming in over the next few days, and you can catch up on it all here.