Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date, Updated Specs, And Price: No Headphone Jack, All-Screen Design, Delayed Launch, And More

The Samsung Galaxy S8 release date will be delayed according to the latest reports. The reports suggest that Samsung is planning some significant changes in the design of S8, to the extent of removal of Galaxy S8 headphone jack.

Samsung had a forgetful 2016 due to the Note 7 fiasco which cost the company nearly $6 billion. To win back the lost customers, Samsung is planning some major changes in the Galaxy S8 specs and design which will impact not only the release date but also the Galaxy S8 price.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs

Samsung is planning to use the next gen processors to power the S8. The US version of Galaxy S8 will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset whereas an Exynos chip will power the international variant. The new processor will surely give Galaxy S8 edge over the highly anticipated iPhone 8.

One of the most anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 specs has been the bezel-less display. The new design will give the phone an “all display” look. To achieve the bezel-less design, Samsung is going to ditch the home button. Galaxy S8 will not feature a physical home button rather will be replaced with a virtual one at the lower section of the phone.

Apple iPhone 8 will also feature a bezel-less design according to some reports. The iPhone 8 will feature an OLED display and a virtual home button. Beating both Apple and Samsung in the latest bezel-less design is China’s Xiaomi. A few months back the company revealed a concept device in which the display occupied 91 percent of the screen.

Another Samsung Galaxy S8 spec that has left several Samsung lovers fuming is the removal of Galaxy S8 headphone jack. The latest reports suggest that Samsung will go with USB-C for both audio and charging. At this point, the decision does not make any sense as Samsung had ridiculed Apple for ditching the headphone jack in iPhone 7.

Experts believe that the removal of Galaxy S8 headphone jack is a not a good move by Samsung, as it is killing its differentiator and is looking like a company keen on copying Apple.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date

Samsung is aiming for the Galaxy S8 release at the Mobile World Congress which is scheduled in Barcelona between February 27 and March 2. According to the reports by Bloomberg, the Galaxy S8 release date would be delayed by a month. Samsung is conducting additional tougher tests to ascertain the safety of the new devices following the Note 7 fire debacle. A report by Wall Street Journal stated,

“Samsung executives have delayed the development of the Galaxy S8 device by two weeks as engineers work to get to the bottom of the Note 7’s overheating problem, according to a member of the Galaxy S8 development team.”

Samsung has asked its key suppliers to provide the initial batch of spares for the Galaxy S8 by January and to start the full-scale supply by February. It is worth noting, if the historical Galaxy release dates are considered, an April release is more likely for the Galaxy S8. In the past, Samsung has released Galaxy S4, S5, and S6 in April and till date only S7 has been launched in March.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Price

There is good news for die-hard Samsung fans waiting for the Galaxy S8. Samsung has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 price will only be slightly higher than S7 and there would be no major change in the price.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be priced at $850, and the S8 Edge will be sold at $900 in the United States. Rumors suggest Galaxy S8 will be available for no down payment with AT&T’s Next plan. It will carry a monthly price of $35 per month for 24 months, as reported by GalaxyS8info.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Pre-order

Samsung Galaxy S8 will be available for Pre-order with the major retailers such as AT&T, Sprint, Vodafone, Verizon, and many more. The pre-order will begin two weeks before the actual launch date, and the device could be delivered to the customers on the day of launch. The actual pre-order dates will be updated as soon as they are available.

Stay tuned to Inquisitr for more updates on the Samsung Galaxy S8.

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