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All you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8 specs, release date, news, rumours, price and more

We’re all amped up for the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, so here’s the ultimate resource on Samsung’s 2017 flagship phone. In this article, I’ll cover:

  • What’s the latest Galaxy S8 news?
  • What is the Galaxy S8 release date?
  • What’s new about the Galaxy S8 design and specs?
  • What’s the Galaxy S8 price?
  • Should you wait for the Galaxy S8?

Update (March 25, 2017): Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have leaked out in just about every available colour option, the latest of which is blue. Scroll down this page to check out the new hue.

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8 is nearly here, and there’s no shortage of rumours and leaks detailing exactly what we should expect. We’re also expecting a Galaxy S8+ model, which will replace the usual ‘Edge’ variant we’ve come to expect.

Last year’s Galaxy S7 was a seriously impressive handset (and our Phone of the Year 2016), but Samsung faced controversy over the Galaxy Note 7’s fiery death. Samsung is now under pressure to get this year’s flagship right, so it’s likely the South Korean tech giant is cooking up something brilliant behind closed doors.

Read on to find out all about the Samsung Galaxy S8. Alternatively, if you just want a brief summary of this article, head to the conclusion at the bottom of this page.

Galaxy S8

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Samsung Galaxy S8 News: The latest news and rumours

Here’s a breakdown of the most recent Galaxy S8 news, as it happened.

March 24, 2017 – Colours...again! It seems as though there's no shortage of colour leaks, as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ leaked out in a 'Blue' colour option.

March 21, 2017More colours: Tipster Evan Blass has been busy on Twitter, revealing a whole load of renders for the Galaxy S8 in a range of colour options.

March 19, 2017 – Pricing and colours leak: A handful of leaks over the weekend suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S8 would cost €799 at launch, and would come in a range of colour options including 'violet', 'orchid grey' and 'arctic silver'.

March 17, 2017 – Galaxy S8 camera: The Samsung Galaxy S8 will reportedly be able to capture 1,000fps video thanks to the addition of dedicated DRAM to the camera sensor.

March 16, 2017 Bixby confimed by official Galaxy S8 listing: A listing spied on Samsung's Italian website specifically referenced "comandi vocali con Bixby," which roughly translate to "voice commands with Bixby." The oft-rumoured AI helper is now a dead-cert to debut with the Galaxy S8.

March 15, 2017 Samsung admits Note 7 debacle still looms large: Speaking to Samsung, the South Korean company admitted that the exploding Note 7 fiasco still cast a shadow over the S8 launch.

March 15, 2017 Samsung won't rest on the Galaxy S8 this year: An early candidate for non-shock of the year, Samsung appears to be preparing to launch phones not named the Galaxy S8 in 2017...you heard it here first?!

March 14, 2017 Galaxy S8 killer feature in doubt: Reports out of South Korea claim that the Galaxy S8 won't be getting an on-screen fingerprint scanner, because Samsung and one of its partners 'ran out of time' developing the technology. It's a big blow for Samsung, and one that opens the door to bitter rival Apple.

March 13, 2017Galaxy S8 TV ad lands amid leaks: Samsung released a TV commercial for the Galaxy S8 in South Korea as the phone passed through China's CCC certification process. We also saw a leaked image of what appeared to be a Galaxy S8+ battery posted online, seemingly confirming the 3,500mAh cell capacity.

March 8, 2017Galaxy S8 coming in new colour option: A leak suggested that the Galaxy S8 would be available in Black, Silver, and Violet (new!) colour options.

March 7, 2017Galaxy S8 launch delayed: A report from Evleaks suggested that the Galaxy S8 would launch later, on April 28, blaming low yields on 10nm processors.

March 3, 2017Samsung trademarks ‘Infinity Display’: Samsung applied to trademark the term ‘Infinity Display’ for smartphones, tablets, and OLED screens.

March 1, 2017Official render leaked: Evleaks posted what appeared to be an official Galaxy S8 render to Twitter, revealing an edge-to-edge display with hardly any bezel when viewed from the front.

February 26, 2017Samsung confirms Galaxy S8 debut: At MWC 2017, Samsung revealed that the Galaxy S8 would be announced on March 29.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date UK: When does it come out?

At MWC 2017, Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S8 would be formally unveiled at a dedicated launch event in New York on March 29, 2017.

But that leaves us in the dark about when we’ll actually see the phone released. We’ve seen several conflicting reports, with Forbes citing April 14, South Korea’s ETNews suggesting April 21, and Venture Beats’ Evan Blass claiming April 28. We’d be inclined to believe Blass given that his post is most recent, combined with the fact that he has an exceptionally accurate track record for mobile leaks.

For good measure, here’s the history of Galaxy phone launch dates:

  • Galaxy S7 release date – March 11, 2016
  • Galaxy S6 release date – April 20, 2015
  • Galaxy S5 release date – April 11, 2014
  • Galaxy S4 release date – April 27, 2013
  • Galaxy S3 release date – May 29, 2012
  • Galaxy S2 release date – May 2, 2011
  • Galaxy S release date – June 4, 2010

And here's the (supposedly) official poster for the Galaxy S8 launch event, which Samsung declined to verify to TrustedReviews:

Samsung Galaxy 5

Samsung Galaxy S8 Design: What’s new?

The first thing to note is that we’re expecting two different models: Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. In previous years, Samsung has launched Galaxy S smartphones alongside an ‘Edge’ variant with a curved edge-to-edge display. But in 2017, it appears that both phones will feature the ‘Edge’ display, and the ‘S8+’ will simply be a larger version of the handset – just like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The next major change is that Samsung is reportedly planning a very high screen-to-body ratio for the Galaxy S8. That means a higher percentage of the phone’s front will be occupied by display, compared to the Galaxy S7. It’s all thanks to the rumoured removal of the Home button, which means Samsung is able to fit more screen into the same size handset body.

The screen looks set to be branded as an “Infinity Display”; a term which was first reported by the Guardian, and eventually revealed by Samsung through a trademark filing.

We’ve seen plenty of image leaks, but the best to date is this seemingly official press render that was posted to Twitter by Evan Blass:

Oh, and rumoured colour options include Black, Silver, and the quirky new 'Violet' – thrilling stuff, eh? Check out some leaked colour options below:

And here's another snap showing off the Orchid Grey and Black Sky colours:

Finally, here's the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in 'Blue':

Blue S8 Full

Will there be a Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge?

As I alluded to earlier, it appears that there won't be a Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge.

Samsung first introduced the 'Edge' design to the Galaxy S range back in 2015, with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. This trend of launching a larger spin-off device with a curved 'Edge' screen continued into last year with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

But it seems that Samsung is now so keen on the design that both core Samsung Galaxy S8 models will feature the curved 'Edge' design. To denote the fact that one handset is larger, it's believed that the bigger model will be called the Samsung Galaxy S8+.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs: What’s new?

The most notable change is that we’re expecting a bump in screen sizes. Apparently, the two new Galaxy handsets will feature larger 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays, up from 5.1-inches and 5.7-inches on the old phones. But importantly, the new ‘Infinity Display’ aesthetic means we’re expecting that the rough body dimensions of the phones will stay the same as before. A higher resolution panel is also tipped – specifically, 2,960 x 1,440 pixels compared to 2,560 x 1,440, creating an 18:9(-ish) aspect ratio.

It’s also likely that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be available with different processors in different markets, as has been the case previously. Some units will almost certainly feature Samsung’s custom-built Exynos 8895 chip, while others seem certain to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 processor – which Samsung manufactures.

What’s important about both chips is that they’re built on a new 10nm FinFET manufacturing process. That means that the transistors can be more densely packed, offering more power (up to 27% improved performance) or better efficiency (up to 40% lower power consumption) compared to older 14nm chips.

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Samsung Galaxy 7

The Exynos 8895 chip features ARM’s latest Mali-G71 GPU, which promises to bring 60% improved gaming performance. The Snapdragon 835, meanwhile, uses Qualcomm’s Adreno 540 GPU. Qualcomm says this GPU brings a 25% increase in 3D rendering performance, compared to the Adreno 530 inside the Galaxy S7’s Snapdragon 820 chip.

Both chips are also capable of 1Gbps download speeds, thanks to their built-in modems. That means a 4K movie – estimated at 100GB average file size – could be downloaded in just over 13 minutes. And a Blu-ray movie, which averages at around 20GB, could arrive in a quarter of that time. But no UK carrier currently offers such blistering speeds, so this is overkill for now.

Not much else is new. The Galaxy S8 looks certain to carry over a couple of Galaxy Note 7 features like the Iris Scanner and USB-C charging, and it also seems likely that we’ll see waterproofing retained from the Galaxy S7. Rumoured battery sizes (3,000mAh/3,500mAh), RAM (4GB), and storage (64GB) are all par for the course these days, and it doesn’t sound like there’ll be significant camera improvements lined up – at least not in terms of megapixels or focal ratio.

Samsung Galaxy 9

Finally, it’s almost guaranteed that the Galaxy S8 will come running on Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. The Galaxy S7 has already received the update, so there’s no reason why the Galaxy S8 shouldn’t launch with the new software right off the bat. Of course, expect the usual Samsung TouchWiz overlay, with some custom-built features – including a new AI assistant called 'Bixby'.

So, based on all of the leaks so far, here’s what we think we’ll see from the Galaxy S8:

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Screen 5.1 inches

5.8 inches 6.2 inches

Display Resolution

1,440 x 2,560 pixels

1,440 x 2,960

1,440 x 2,960
Aspect Ratio

16:9 ~18:9 ~18:9
Chipset Snapdragon 820 OR Exynos 8890

Snapdragon 835 OR Exynos 8895

Snapdragon 835 OR Exynos 8895
Memory 4GB 4GB

4GB
Storage 32GB 64GB 64GB
Main Camera

12-megapixel (DualPixel) – f/1.7

12-megapixel (DualPixel) – f/1.7 12-megapixel (DualPixel) – f/1.7
Front Camera

5-megapixel – f/1.7 8-megapixel – f/1.7

8-megapixel – f/1.7
Battery Size

3,000mAh 3,000mAh 3,500mAh
Charging Micro USB

USB Type C

USB Type C
Headphone Jack

Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprint Scanner

Yes Yes Yes
Iris Scanner

No Yes Yes
Waterproofing Yes (IP68 Certified)

Yes (IP68 Certified) Yes (IP68 Certified)

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Accessories: What’s in the works?

Samsung always debuts a flurry of accessories alongside flagship smartphones, and the Galaxy S8 looks set to be no different.

According to Sammobile, Samsung is developing a ‘Gear 360 Pro’, a 360-degree camera that will succeed last year’s Gear 360. The camera is tipped to launch alongside the Galaxy S8, although it’s not necessarily an accessory per se.

Then there’s a report from journalist and tipster Roland Quandt, who believes that Samsung will introduce a new wireless headphones alongside the Galaxy S8. These headphones are supposedly intended to be a direct rival to the Apple AirPods, and will feature active noise cancelling. The price is tipped at €130, which is a fair whack cheaper than the €179 AirPods:

Samsung Galaxy S8 Price: How much will it cost?

The bad news is that we haven’t seen any UK pricing leaks so far. But a tip from aforementioned journalist Roland Quandt suggests that the handsets will cost €799 (Galaxy S8) and €899 (Galaxy S8+):

We've also seen the same information peddled by Evan Blass:

At current exchange rates, €799 equates to £695. That’s a long way above the Galaxy S7’s £569 UK launch price. So what gives? Firstly, it’s likely there won’t be an exact currency translation, so the phone probably won’t launch at £695. Secondly, there’s no reason why the Galaxy S8 shouldn’t be more expensive than the Galaxy S7, given the fallen value of British Sterling. Thirdly, smartphones are getting better, and thus more expensive, over time.

Still, pricing a phone’s entry model at nearly £700 would be tough to chew for many British consumers, even if the cost was spread over a 24-month contract. Here’s hoping that Samsung launches the Galaxy S8 at a price closer to £570.

Samsung Galaxy 11

Should you wait for the Samsung Galaxy S8?

If you’re thinking about waiting for the Galaxy S8, here’s our advice.

If you’re settled on Android, it’s worth waiting to see Samsung’s next phone. Samsung is one of the last manufacturers to show its hand for the first half of 2017, so we already know many of the phone’s rivals. Since the Galaxy S8 looks likely to be one of the best phones of the year, it’s worth hanging around to see what Samsung is cooking up before making your purchasing decision.

If you’re coming from iPhone, it’s still worth waiting for the Galaxy S8. Generally, Apple’s biggest rival is Samsung, so if you’re thinking about getting the iPhone 7, hang around and see what Samsung has up its sleeve. We’d generally advise sticking with the platform you know, but the Galaxy S8 could be a real iPhone killer if all goes to plan.

Consider the alternatives before settling on the Samsung Galaxy S8. There are plenty of great phones available right now, including the recently announced LG G6 and Huawei P10. Don’t forget last year’s formidable Google Pixel (£709 at Amazon UK) either, or even the discounted Galaxy S7 (£410 at Amazon UK).

Samsung Galaxy 13

Samsung Galaxy S8: Summary

In summary, here’s what you should expect:

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date: Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy S8 in New York on March 29, but the actual release date is less clear-cut. Rumours have pinned the launch on April 14, April 21, and April 28, so it seems there’s a consensus on April at the very least.

Samsung Galaxy S8 specs: Samsung is supposedly plotting high screen-to-body ratios, powerful 10nm chips, slick bezel-bashing designs, and Galaxy Note 7 features like an Iris Scanner and USB-C charging.

Samsung Galaxy S8 price: The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are reportedly set to retail at €799 and €899 respectively – ouch!

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What would you like to see from the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+? Tell us your thoughts below.

mimranyameen

May 10, 2016, 10:33 am

I'll wait for the galaxy S8 mini I think..

andyvan

May 10, 2016, 11:12 am

You might be waiting a while, I think. Don't think there's an S7 Mini planned, so don't expect an S8 Mini, either.

George Jefferson

May 12, 2016, 9:19 pm

There is an S7 Mini planned, but you're still looking at a long wait for the S8.

drfuzz1

May 14, 2016, 10:30 pm

It seems that most if not all cell phone companies leave out a few key features from their flagship phones because if they ever made a "complete" phone you would not want to upgrade very often. A "complete" phone (this year) to me would be the following: 5.5" OLED quad screen, Snapdragon 830, 4 to 6 gb, 128 ram UFS, waterproof 4 meters, battery 3500 to 3800 ma, camera sensor size 1/1.7 and lens 1.4f, IR, FM radio, c-type connection, wireless charging, ect.

Jonathan Riehn

June 7, 2016, 10:51 am

I will be waiting for the S8 if it trully does have a 4k display, untill then I will stick with my S4.

Jacky

June 21, 2016, 12:56 pm

i think it will worth to wait galaxy s8 .. waiting ...

Nigel Baldwin

June 30, 2016, 2:11 pm

4k and USB C please

Stove

July 6, 2016, 2:35 am

4K on a 6" device is a waste of resources, battery and processing power. I'd take a longer battery life with the current 2.5K display which is more than enough any day.

Ommar Abd Aziz

July 12, 2016, 6:50 am

cheaper please

Mr. L.F Hant

July 13, 2016, 8:47 am

In order of preference, I'd like to see a return of:
1) IR (use it for TV remote)
2) FM radio
3) User-replaceable battery

I'd have no problem compromising the size of the phone for a super-sized battery - say 4,000mAh. If Samsung are considering a 4K display, maybe they should consider an additional offering with the existing S7-resolution which would trade some VR ability for additional battery life and lower costs.

DaHitman

July 15, 2016, 5:33 pm

1: Battery life
2: Camera

b2995

July 18, 2016, 8:23 pm

Keep price at $400! Esp since cell companies are no longer offering loyalty deals. If cells are coming out every year, $800 per year or 1.5 years due to batteries and other malfunctions, is too much and will prove to change HOW we use our devices. That's the price of a small laptop! So I may opt for a cheap flip phone and just use a tablet, for example... Features are fine, but after all, it's still a phone.

b2995

July 18, 2016, 8:29 pm

Exactly! $400 was seriously pushing it for my s5! Now I'm learning the s7 is $800! But I can pay $30 a month for at least 12 months for $400 a month and then get a new one! Ridiculous! Cell phone companies are making $200 off that deal since previously I paid $400 for 2 years! And that's not including my service. Devices need to be cheaper!

Camaman

July 18, 2016, 10:20 pm

QHD, 2560x1440 in stereoscopic = just HD 720x1280, square shaped and IQ is shite!
Screen door effect is huge, cause the perceived viewed screen size is to large for that resolution and everything looks like VGA 480*640 at best...
Its like sitting 30cm from your old 32" HD Ready TV (not full HD) looking with one eye the entire screen.
4k in stereoscopic = 1080x1920 and IMO will barely make a difference because the perceived screen size of the display for each size is still waaay bigger than the resolution for that screen size ahould be so you dont notice the black pixel grid.
It might be 2x total pixels of QHD but it is only 50% more horizontal and vertical resolution.
Therefore the screen door effect, black grid, visible pixels will be about 25-30% smaller. Not 2x less visible.

For a perceived screen that big like in these VR gadgets and no screen door effect, 4K per eye will be needed.
And only way you'll have that is if they make proprietary, 4k displays and put hem on each eye in a bigger headset or if they make some cool double 4k display smartphone to stick in your cardboard...
My math might be off, i dont really care, just try it befire you buy it. And be crutucal of what you see. It won't be magic nor the second comming. Just marketing of a still beta product
Realisticaly wait for 5-10 more years for good IQ on VR headsets.
But hey we've only been waiting for it since The Lawnmover man" (1992) whats 5-10 more years...

Last Destroyer

July 29, 2016, 2:11 pm

4k? Really? Is it strong enough? Nvidia geforce gtx 980 could barely make it to 4k.

Hanjie Tang

August 3, 2016, 8:34 pm

SD version of s7 struggled big time to run the current resolution in VR. S8 has to be 3X faster to have a chance to run smoothly in 4k VR. So is it 3X faster?
It's the Low FPS that kills immersion, not the resolution. Even if S8 comes out with 4K screen, it wouldnt be right for VR.

Wolfgrin

August 10, 2016, 1:06 am

After having had the Edge version of S7 I never want to get another Edge so I really hope they dont give me that option. Will find another phone in that case.

Xavier Miller

August 10, 2016, 7:09 pm

How about be smaller with upghrades no edge and incorporate facetime like is life really that difficult?

Dali

August 22, 2016, 4:17 pm

I have the s5 and I still haven't upgraded because I love the removable back to my phone, I'm hoping they will bring that feature back!

mrh12 .

August 29, 2016, 4:59 am

Hope they will have dedicated SD memory card slot + dual sim. Also keep the IP68

Biggles

September 10, 2016, 10:22 am

Yeah, I had a BlackBerry Priv for a while and the curved edge was one of the reasons I got rid of it; it just felt so vulnerable to damage if it was dropped. I wouldn't have minded if it served some useful purpose but it didn't, it was just for show. Ridiculous.

I want a phone I can drop!

Andy

September 12, 2016, 5:53 am

A truly flat screen would be good. Even the "flat" S7 has a slightly curved screen, and it's impossible to get a screen protector to cover the entire screen. Need to put down $50 for a professional application of Liquid Armor, etc.

A 4K screen that can be "de-tuned" to 1080 FHD would help save battery life for regular use, while having 4K available on tap for VR uses.

More AMOLED-friendly pure black themes would help battery life, as well.

Thickness - don't mind 1mm more than the S7, as long as the battery and the camera makes good use of the added real estate

Screen size - current options are OK for most people
Battery - more is always better
Water resistance - of course!
Fast wireless charging - of course!
Micro USB - of course!

Harshaan Lalla

September 12, 2016, 7:59 am

The s7 edge has been really awesome for me so far.

I really hope Samsung steps up things even further with the S8 especially with better battery and waaay better camera(dual lens ) .

Water resistance isn't so important the current IP68 is perfect .

I think those 2 features are probably the most important features in any real smartphone these days.

Battery life and camera.
Obviously the OS is extremely important too ( and in the recent changes to Samsung's software over Android i've been very happy)
Their current screen is also amazing so no need to change that unless they want to go 4k for the VR fans.

Avi

September 17, 2016, 7:35 am

nope not the removable back
the new design makes the phone look more premium and luxurious instead of the plastic back

dilip vishwanath

September 18, 2016, 6:16 am

good dac!!!

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