Despite confirming that it will not be launching the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus at MWC 2017, Samsung is still busy working on the two phones as it targets to release them in mid-April.
According to reports from South Korea, the tech giant will hold an event on March 29 and it is during this event that Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be announced. Later on, probably on 14th or 15th of the following month, Sammy lovers will be able to grab one of these phones from their local shops, but this may just be true for those in South Korea and a few other markets such as the U.S. and China.
Now, not so long ago, a rumor came from China claiming that Samsung has already begun testing both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Apparently, the units being tested were both for the Chinese and international markets. The Chinese variants had software version G9500ZCU0AQAJ and G9550ZCU0AQAJ while the international variants were being tested on G950FXXU0AQAJ and G955FXXU0AQAJ for Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, respectively.
While this is just an unconfirmed leak, another similar development has just been recorded, but this time it is coming from the Netherlands. According to reports, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are currently being tested for Android 7.0 Nougat, the OS that is expected to power them out of the box. Unlike the models that leaked from China, the latest revelation has the unlocked variants of the two phones in the labs, with the standard S8 carrying model number SM-G950U and the S8 Plus having model number SM-G955U. The two are running on Nougat’s build number NRD90M.
This is good progress for a device that is expected to be released in April and it shows Samsung’s commitment towards giving back the best or rather as Samsung Mobile CEO recently said, “better, safer and very innovative” phones in the shape of Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. DJ Koh also confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8 lineup is still very much alive and it will be launched in the second half of the year.