Galaxy S8 pre-orders will start shipping more than a week before the official release date


Samsung's upcoming S8 and S8+ flagship pair have been generating a lot of heat among tech enthusiasts for quite some time, even before their official announcement, in large part thanks to the vast amount of information about them that is now public (which is pretty much everything there is to know about them, really). So it's no surprise the company has put a lot of faith in its new product by gearing up for a large pre-order campaign, which is expected to result in even more sales than the Galaxy Note 7's pre-launch campaign.

First off, Samsung is planning to set up a number of "Samsung Experience" panels in 3,000 of its South Korean stores, as well as several hands-on events in London and New York right after the phones' official unveiling on March 29. This will be followed by a earlier-than-usual pre-order window between April 7 and April 17, with the devices starting to ship before their street launch date of April 28. This is a particularly interesting approach, but it's likely a bid to show the company values its most enthusiastic customers, who are willing to be the earliest adopters of the device.

The last Samsung flagship product launch, the Note 7, was a big success for the company, despite its ultimate fate. In the pre-order period alone, Samsung managed to sell 400,000 units of the phone, and industry sources predict the S8 pair will surpass that number, thanks to the company's encouragement of early device adoption. While there's little left for Samsung to reveal about the two new devices, the launch event will be the conclusion of a relatively big hype campaign, which includes television teasers and outright feature reveals. As a result, we, too, expect these will ultimately result in a large amount of customer interest, but it still remains to be seen just how many people will still trust Samsung's flagship offerings following the Note 7 debacle.

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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8 Comments

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The front panel appears to of black color, with the back being of different colors. I dont like this move at all.

5. Kaloyan.C

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I think it's an okay compromise, as otherwise it would become painfully obvious what a crater-filled mess the top bezel really is. You can see than in yesterday's leak with the colored screen protectors, which, at least to me, showed just how ugly and unbalanced all the sensors would make the device look if they weren't masked by the all-black front.

8. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Not to mention black bezels hide black bars on screen, which will be common with the aspect ratio.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

except we've definitely seen it with a blue and white face. I like the blue combo with the black holes. Doesnt bother me. Probably be the one I get. Then again, it is my favorite color combo, so that helps. lol

9. Cat97

Posts: 1868; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The front design has too large radiuses and leaves a lot to be desired. Plus the black bezels regardless the back color and fingerprint sensor practically unreachable...not looking very good for Samsung, to be honest. But I suspect the Note 8 will fix all these.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Good. I really did not like the later time table as it may interfere with my trip. Getting the phone earlier and putting it through it's paces is exactly what's needed.

12. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Is this just in the us? Can i even pre-order it in my country

14. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Maybe i will get to try it early, like S6. Remember trying Galaxy S6 at a store couple of weeks before the announcement.

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