Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date Reportedly Leaked By Korean Network

By Holly Brockwell on at

As ever, there's been much speculation about Samsung's next Galaxy phone - presumably called the Galaxy S8 - and while we know it's not launching at MWC this time, a South Korean phone network insider has reportedly revealed the real date.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will apparently launch on the 21st of April, reports ET News, quoting a “high-ranking official for a mobile network provider” in South Korea.

Interestingly, the source also said that Samsung will be looking to the reaction to the new LG G6 - unveiled on the 26th of February at MWC - to decide whether or not to open preorders for the S8 early. The source said that if the reaction is positive, Samsung will go ahead - which is interesting in itself, because it suggests that Samsung thinks they've got something better than LG: "if you like that, you're going to love this."

Alternatively, they might just see it as a sign of healthy demand for new premium Androids - LG's last couple of phones didn't sell well, so enthusiasm for the latest is both a good sign for the market and for crisis-hit Samsung.

LG has nicked a bit of Samsung's strategy this time around, with a water- and dustproof design for the G6. However, from what we've seen of the two phones so far (officially and less so), the similarities pretty much end there.

It'll be interesting to see whether people are willing to wait for Samsung's phone, given that April is a good while after all the MWC phones will come out. Whatever they've got up their sleeves, it's unlikely to be more explosive than the Note 7. [ET News via SamMobile]