Upgrading your phone just before a new model is released always feels like a smack in the face when you realise your mistake. So when are the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus coming out, and should you buy the Galaxy S7 or wait for the Galaxy S8?
If you’re looking to buy a new Samsung phone, you’re likely wondering when is the new Samsung Galaxy S8 coming out, and whether you should buy the Galaxy S7 or wait for the Galaxy S8. In this article we detail the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus UK release date rumours to help you make an informed decision.
Samsung Galaxy S8 UK release date: When is the Galaxy S8 coming out?
Samsung Galaxy S8 UK release date: 26 February 2017 (TBC)
For the past few years Samsung has favoured the Mobile World Congress trade show held in early spring to launch its new Galaxy S-series smartphone(s). Typically, it announces the new phone during a Samsung Unpacked conference a day ahead of the show opening its doors, and the phones go on sale within two- to four weeks of this date.
All our money would be on Samsung unveiling the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus on 26 February 2017 if it weren’t for one little thing: the Note 7. Samsung’s latest flagship phablet was a spectacular failure, and there are whispers that the company is so concerned about getting it right with its next phone launch that it will potentially delay the phone until a time when it has been able to conduct more thorough testing.
For example, the Wall Street Journal has reported that “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.”
Some say the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus release date could be as late as April 2017, and that Samsung is going to really push the boat out with some incredibly powerful hardware that will make it capable of mobile VR, a dual camera, a new type of fingerprint scanner and Samsung’s own AI assistant. The latter we believe, but April 2017 sounds more like an on sale date to us than the Galaxy S8 release date.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Should I buy Galaxy S7 or wait for Galaxy S8?
The Galaxy S8 is set to be a fantastic phone by all accounts, but it’s not available yet and the Galaxy S7 is. Samsung’s current flagship is now available at a more reasonable price than its initial £569 RRP, and can be bought for less than £500 SIM-free at Amazon UK. The Galaxy S7 edge, meanwhile, has gone down from its original £639 RRP to around £517 SIM-free (also at Amazon UK).
These are the two very best phones on the market today, and we thoroughly recommend them even with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus on the horizon. Unless a rival manufacturer surprises us with a completely unexpected new model in the meantime, nothing will come along and throw them off their perch at the top of our chart until the new models are announced in February and released in (likely) April. So, can you wait another four or five months to upgrade your phone?
If you hold on, headline features in the new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus include some incredibly powerful hardware that will make the phones capable of mobile VR, a dual camera, a new type of fingerprint scanner and Samsung’s own AI assistant. We outline the full rumoured specifications in more detail here. If these aren’t deal-breakers you can save yourself some money and buy the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge today.