Samsung to boost Galaxy S8 appeal with early bird promos before the April 21 release

Samsung is planning a veritable marketing blitz around the Galaxy S8 and S8+ launch, tips Korean media, and not only on its home turf, but also here in the US. There will apparently be 4,000 retail locations where potential customers will be able to toy with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ across the country, but it will be those who plan on preordering that will benefit most from Samsung's largess in the form of promos and subsidies.

Last year, Samsung did something similar with the Galaxy Note 7, notifying whose who preordered about extra stuff coming their way together with the phablet. The goods ranged from free Gear VR sets and microSD cards thrown in by Samsung itself, to extra carrier promos piled up on top, like a year of Netflix on the T-Mobile house. This year, it seems that folks in the US will be getting at least a free Gear VR of the newest iteration, as well as various incentives like a $100 gift card, judging from the leaked Target circular for the period. 

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ preorders will start on April 7, and run until April 17, reiterates the source. Samsung will begin shipping the handsets to those who preordered as soon as April 18, while general availability is said to commence at the April 21st release date.

source: Korea Times

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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)



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

This is having me all hyped up already. Can't wait for the S8!

2. chbanks512

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

My Galaxy sense is tingling

7. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Lol, new organ discovered?

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I've got both iterations of the VR and the 256gb sd card... Just give me Netflix please...

5. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

They wont work with s8 because of type c port. Maybe new sensor hardware in the gear vr too.

9. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

There are only 2 VRs the 2015 and 2016 models. The 2016 Model comes with a Micro-USB to USB-C connector allowing it to work with old and new Models. The "new" VR is just the 2016 Model with the new controller

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I'm with you. I have a Gear VR, but I've only used it a few times. It's OK, but I'm not all that into VR just yet. Its cool, but I didn't really find it all that amusing. But Six Flags here in Chicago/Gurnee, Samsung did a promo where 2 of the roller-coasters featured wearing the Gear VR over summer and I rode one of them and it was the best thing EVER. Not being able to see whats in front and watching the matching animation onscreen with the ride was so awesome! Surely a thrill! Just take you time Sammie, my AMEX is ready to purchase at least 2.

8. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Please stop using your AMEX. They participated in the Product RED campaign which is a SCAM.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

free toys for my new toy. love it.

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