Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Reportedly Delayed A Week To April 28th

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung is playing things extra cautious with the impending release of its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8. Rumor has it that Samsung has pushed back the launch once again, this time by just a week, which means the Galaxy S8 will make its much anticipated debuted on April 28 instead of April 21. It's the second launch delay so far, as Samsung has historically unveiled new flagship Galaxy phones during Mobile World Congress. That event has come and gone.

News of the new launch date comes from Evan Blass, the infamous leaker who goes by @evleaks on Twitter. According to Blass, the "person briefed" on Samsung's revised launch date provided no particular reason for the delay, though it is known that Samsung is doing everything within its power to prevent another Galaxy Note 7 scenario that resulted in a costly global recall.
Samsung's investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco revealed that faulty batteries were to blame, both for the initial batch of phones and for the replacement models. As a result of its findings, Samsung rolled out a new and more rigorous battery certification program. The Galaxy S8 is presumably the first handset to undergo the new testing procedures, and it is the reason for the delay. It's not clear if pushing back the launch another week is related to additional testing or a strategic move for marketing purposes.

Blass says Samsung will unveil two flagship handsets on April 29—the Galaxy S8 with a 5.8-inch display, and the Galaxy S8+ with a larger 6.2-inch screen. Other than the size of the displays, both will share the same features, including a QHD+ SuperAMOLED panel with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip (SoC), and Bixby digital assistant.

Samsung DeX

Previous rumors also pegged both smartphones as having an 8-megapixel front camera, 12-megapixel Dual Pixel main camera, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, wireless charging, IP68 dust and water resistance, and support for the DeX desktop dock.