Is this the massive Samsung Galaxy S8?

New Samsung Galaxy S8 photo and launch date rumors

We have a better idea of the Samsung Galaxy S8 release date and what it'll look like thanks to a new leak today, and it appears to be absolutely massive.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is supposed to launch is two really big sizes: one with a 5.8-inch display and another with a 6.2 inch screen, according to VentureBeat.

Don't be too alarmed. The Android phones are said to have a 83% screen-to-body ratio and wide 18.5:9 aspect ratio. There's just more screen real estate.

Photo Credit: Evan Blass

This would actually make the Super AMOLED display (not the dimensions) larger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which had an 5.7-inch screen.

But the Note 7 had a physical home button and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Samsung appears to be putting the fingerprint sensor home back – oddly, off-center.

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 launch date?

We know that the Samsung Galaxy S8 won't launch on February 26 in Barcelona. The LG G6 will own the spotlight at MWC 2017.

However, wait a month and you should be able to see the Samsung Galaxy S8 launch date on March 29 in New York.

That's later than Samsung's usual end-of-February Mobile World Congress unveiling, but sooner than the rumored mid-April launch window.

Expect the Samsung Galaxy S8 to go on sale on April 21, according to today's report.

More Samsung Galaxy S8 specs

There's more to the Samsung Galaxy S8 specs list here. We already know it'll be the first phone to run the fast, VR-capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset.

That means it'll be 11% faster than the Samsung Galaxy S7, with a 23% bump in graphics processing – even with 4GB of RAM, according to today's report.

At the same time, it'll be 20% more energy efficient with a 3000mAh battery in the 5.8-inch phone and a 3500mAh battery in the 6.2-inch phone.

The already-astounding 12MP rear and 8MP front-facing cameras are staying the same, but the software is said to have improved.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 appears to expand its specs and display size, all while keeping the same dimensions. 

It's a full refresh to the Galaxy S series we saw get a makeover two years ago, making Samsung the new tick-tock standard bearer.


Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting mobile editor in Los Angeles. As an expert in iOS and Android, he owns over 120 phones that someone keeps setting the alarms on – simultaneously. He received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.