Samsung will launch the Galaxy S8 on April 15, latest rumors from South Korea suggest. Industry sources told ET News that the company is planning to release "new smartphone products" in mid-April, adding how these offerings will boast a front camera that's a significant improvement on Samsung's current products. Previous rumors indicated that the Galaxy S8 will feature a front-facing shooter equipped with an autofocus actuator, which is why this information most likely pertains to Samsung's upcoming flagship. Sources specifically labeled April 15 as the release date of the company's new offerings and made no mention of when they're going to be unveiled. However, this rumor conflicts with several other previous reports about the Galaxy S8 and its release date.
While Samsung traditionally unveiled its flagship Galaxy S devices in late February during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, recent reports said that the company decided to skip MWC 2017 and unveil the Galaxy S8 at a special event in New York City scheduled for mid-April. However, other sources said that Samsung's upcoming flagship will still be unveiled in Barcelona but won't launch before April. These conflicting reports make it hard to guess when the Galaxy S8 will be hitting the market, but more information is bound to follow shortly.
Reports about the front-facing camera of the Galaxy S8 have been less conflicting, as virtually all industry sources agree that Samsung is going to offer a significant upgrade on the front shooter featured in the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. The front camera module of the Galaxy S8 will likely be manufactured by a specialized imaging company as Samsung traditionally purchases premium front-facing mobile cameras from external sources. The Seoul-based tech giant has also been increasing its focus on front camera improvements in recent years and even the third generation of the mid-range Galaxy A series boasts a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Seeing how the Galaxy S8 will be the company's top handset that's expected to excel in every category, its front camera is bound to be even better than that. All of these rumors will either be confirmed or denied in the coming months once Samsung finally unveils one of the most anticipated Android devices of the year.