The Samsung Galaxy S8’s release date has slipped by a week from April 21st to April 28th, according to eminent mobile tipster Evan Blass. The leaker hesitates to call it a delay, since the release date was never officially announced, but he notes the new date does differ from the one he reported on in late January.
Blass states his internal sources did not tell him Samsung’s reasons for the delay, though the company is undoubtedly taking a more cautious approach with the Galaxy S8 in the wake of its rushed Note 7 phablet, which was defective and combustion-prone.
Blass says that despite the release date push-back, the March 29th unveiling event in New York City is going ahead as planned. The event will see both the 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S8+ revealed, both featuring QHD+ SuperAMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipsets and the Bixby digital assistant, which will have its own dedicated hardware trigger. Samsung is also expected to reveal a new Gear VR headset during the event.
The change means the LG G6 will now beat the S8 to market by several weeks, if it releases globally in early April per its plans.