Samsung's Fortnite Exclusivity Won't Last Long To Delight Of Android Battle Royalers

After what feels like a long wait, Fortnite has finally landed on Android devices, though it is only available on Galaxy S7 and newer handsets. Samsung scored an exclusive to help promote its Galaxy Note 9, which launched yesterday and is available to preorder today. Do not fret if you own a different Android handset, though—the exclusivity period is super short.

Epic Games has started rolling out Fortnite Mobile to Android in beta form to newer Galaxy devices and will continue to do so through this Sunday, August 12. After that, Samsung's exclusivity period will have expired. At that point, Epic Games will open up the Fortnite Mobile beta to several other Android devices.

What that really boils down to is no exclusivity period for Galaxy Note 9 devices at all. How so? While the Galaxy Note 9 is up for preorder right now, it will not actually ship to customers (and retail stores) until August 24, nearly two weeks after Fortnite for Android becomes available to Android users at large and not just Samsung brand devices.

Fortnite Skin

While the exclusivity period is really short, there is still a perk for Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4 owners. Anyone who purchases one of those devices can claim a special Galaxy skin, shown above.

As to which Android devices Fortnite is headed to, here is a list that Epic Games provided:
  • Samsung Galaxy: S7 / S7 Edge , S8 / S8+, S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4
  • Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
  • Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
  • Essential: PH-1
  • Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
  • LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
  • Nokia: 8
  • OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
  • Razer: Phone
  • Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
  • ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11
There are a handful of Android handsets that are not yet supported, but will be soon. They include HTC's 10, U Ultra, U11, U11+, and U12+; Lenovo's Moto Z, Z Droid, and Moto Z2 Force, and Sony's Xperia XZ, ZXs, ZX1, and XZ2.

Phones that are not listed might still work if they have an Adreno 530 (or higher) or Mali-G71 MP20 or Mali-G72 MP12 (or higher) GPU, 3GB of RAM or more, and Android 5.0 or newer.