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Leak suggests 29 March debut for Galaxy S8

Alex Kidman 27 January 2017

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 will feature USB C charging and a headphone jack, and it will be launched in late March.

While it traditionally used Mobile World Congress to launch and hype its Galaxy S series phones in the past, Samsung signalled this week that it would not be doing so this year. Instead, it was predicted that it would launch the Galaxy S8 at some point in March before retail availability in April.

Venturebeat reports that the Galaxy S8 will instead see its debut on 29 March in New York, prior to an April arrival in the hands of customers.

A single image has emerged showing the curved backs of two devices purported to be 5.8 inch and 6.2 inch Galaxy S8 models, in line with rumours that suggest that around the front, Samsung will drop physical buttons in favour of onscreen display navigation functions. One aspect that the photo does show in some detail is the inclusion of a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, something that both Apple’s iPhone 7 and HTC’s new HTC U Ultra eschew on space grounds.

Samsung has reportedly secured the exclusive on Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 chip, meaning that other vendors will either launch with lesser processors at MWC 2017, or wait until stock of the 835 becomes available.

It’s suggested that, like previous years, Samsung will also sell models of its flagship phone with its own Exynos chips inside instead, and if it follows historical precedent, that’s the model we’ll see here in Australia when the Galaxy S8 launches.

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