Samsung is expected to launch their new flagship, the Galaxy S8, in the first quarter of this year, or April, at the very latest. Well, it seems like the device is already being tested in China, at least based on the latest info. Two Galaxy S8 variants are being tested in China according to the source, and we’re looking at two Chinese variants, and two international variants here, and it seems like we’re looking at the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Edge / Galaxy S8 Plus variants, we cannot know for sure just yet.
The Samsung G950FXXU0APLH and G955FXXU0APLH are the two international variants that are being tested, and the Samsung G9500ZCU0APLF and G9550ZCU0APLF are the China-bound models. Now, if you take a look at these model numbers, some of you might think we’re looking at the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge devices, and that is quite possible, but it’s also possible that the company had opted to ditch the flat-screened Galaxy S8, and that one of these models refers to the Galaxy S8 Plus, or something of the sort. The source did not confirm which devices exactly are these, probably because they don’t have that info just yet, but it seems like we’re getting two different Galaxy S8 units this time around as well, all that is left is to find out what models exactly are we looking at here.
Most rumors seem to suggest that the Galaxy S8 handset(s) will launch in April, even though it’s also possible that the company is aiming to release them during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona which starts at the end of February, as they did with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge last year. In addition to all this, the Galaxy S8 is expected to ship with the ‘Bixby’ AI assistant, and the S Pen has also been mentioned, it will, presumably, ship with the Galaxy S8 Plus, or be offered as a separate purchase, depending on which rumor you opt to believe. The Galaxy S8 will probably be somewhat different than the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in terms of the design, as a number of rumors are claiming that the phone will ship without the physical home key below the display, and that it will sport a bezel-less display. All in all, we’re still unsure as to what to expect, but you can expect quite a few additional rumors and leaks before Samsung introduces the Galaxy S8.