Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus release date, news and features


Update: Full details of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus have been leaked by an analyst, while a snap of the battery further suggests it will be 3,500mAh.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is for our money the best phone you can buy right now, coupling the sheer power of the Samsung Galaxy S7 with a bigger battery, a more eye-catching design and genuinely useful edge screen features.

But there’s no such thing as a perfect phone, so there are still improvements  we’d like to see and will hopefully get with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge – or, as it may be called, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.

With that in mind we’ve created a wish list for Samsung’s next curvy flagship, along with rumors and predictions of what it might include and when we might see it.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Samsung’s next curvy flagship
  • When is it out? Being announced on March 29
  • What will it cost? More than almost any other phone

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus release date

Hottest leaks:

  • Confirmed for a March 29 announcement
  • Likely hitting stores in April
  • May be able to pre-order from April 10

Samsung has sent out invites for its next unpacked event in New York on March 29 and we’re bound to see the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus there.

That’s no surprise, as earlier rumors suggested exactly that, with the phone apparently set to hit shelves on April 21, with pre-orders opening on April 10.

Prior to that there had also been talk on more than one occasion that the phone had been delayed until April, and we’ve also heard rumors of an April 18 release date – following that announcement on March 29.

Although the phone isn’t official yet, UK network EE has already confirmed it will be stocking it. We expect to see most other carriers in the UK, US and Australia following suit, and indeed it’s been certified by the Federal Communications Commission in the US, confirming in the process that it will at least be compatible with all US carriers.

TechRadar’s take: A March 29 announcement is now confirmed, while an April release seems likely.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus news and rumors

You can look to the Samsung Galaxy S8 for an idea of what we’re likely to see with the S8 Plus, since other than the obligatory curves and possibly some differences in screen and battery sizes the two phones are likely to be more or less identical.

A number of rumors are emerging for both phones though, all of which you’ll find below, split into sections.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus screen

Hottest leaks:

  • A 6.1 or 6.2-inch curved screen
  • A QHD or 4K resolution
  • A built-in fingerprint scanner

Samsung’s now officially teased the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus in a brief video, suggesting that it will redefine what makes a phone.

Little is shown, but we do see the outline of an edge-to-edge screen, with tiny bezels above and below, no home button and what appears to be a curved display. You can see this in the image below.

And that lines up with what we’d been hearing and seeing, including this leaked press render below, which is one of our clearest looks yet at the phone, though it’s not clear whether this shows the standard S8 or the S8 Plus.

The latest leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will have a big 6.1 or 6.2-inch screen, which is a rumor we’ve heard more than once, and that the aspect ratio could be 18.5:9, rather than the more standard 16:9.

We can now better understand the differences between the two sizes thanks to a leak of out China that puts the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus in a side-by-side photo.

Samsung Galaxy S8 (left) and S8 Plus (right) next to each other (Credit: SlashLinks/Dimitri12)

Of those two screen sizes 6.2 inches is looking the most likely, as an unnamed Samsung official has apparently said that’s what size it will be. You can see how big it might look compared to the standard Galaxy S8 in the leaked video below.