Earlier this year, Samsung surprised practically nobody with the announcement of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge during an event held in Barcelona, Spain as part of the annual Mobile World Congress. Not only had we heard a lot about the devices themselves prior to said launch of them, but we've also gotten used to the cycle that Samsung has put in place for its Galaxy S line of devices. The Spring of each year seems to be dominated by the Galaxy S line of devices, and this year, as well as the year before that, have been no different. This, unsurprisingly, leads us to 2017, and a possible date in February for the reveal of the Galaxy S8 and perhaps the Galaxy S8 Edge, assuming Samsung is to release two variants once again.
PhoneArena have been doing some crystal ball work, mostly involving history as well as a calendar, to come up with a date of February 26th, 2017 as the launch of the Galaxy S8. How they came up with such a number is down to the position of last year's, as well as prior year's. Mobile World Congress as well as the date of Samsung's own press conference for the Galaxy S. These have traditionally been just a day ahead of the main event itself, leaving Samsung to get all of the limelight ahead of anyone else. Last year, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were announced on March the 1st, the Sunday evening before Mobile World Congress 2015 which opened its doors on March 2nd and ran through to March 5th. This year, we saw the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge get announced on February 21st – you guessed it – the Sunday before Mobile World Congress 2016, which ran from February 22nd through to February 25th. Next Spring, Mobile World Congress is to run from February 27th to March 2nd, which leaves Samsung February 26th to announce the Galaxy S8.
Given the hardship that Samsung is facing with the Galaxy Note 7's recall at the moment, it's unlikely that Samsung will change course regarding the Galaxy S8. Not only do they need to polish up their brand a little bit, but they need to bounce back financially, too. Losing $1 Billion or so off of their market value is motivation enough to make sure that they will be following up with a quality flagship product, and it's more than likely that plans for the Galaxy S8 have been in the works since before the Galaxy S7 even hit shelves.