Evan Blass, the man behind several credible leaks about the Samsung, has come out with another bit of news about the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus release date. Although the launch date of March 29 remains as is, commercial availability has now been pushed from April 21 to April 28, by a week.

Though this was reported by Blass on VentureBeat, the news came via an unidentified source. No reason was given for the availability delay, but Blass cited caution arising out of the Note 7 disaster last year.

This is good news for LG, actually, because the G6 is slated for global availability around the beginning of April. That should give them a good two weeks before the Galaxy S8 comes to store shelves. The LG G6 is the first non-Google smartphone that will come with Google’s smart voice assistant, Google Assistant.

Come March 29, we’ll see what the Galaxy S8 and S8+ actually look like, but considering the number of leaked photos that have been coming over the past several weeks, it’s going to be more like a reunion with a long-lost relative that you’ve only seen photographs of until now.

We’ve been aware of the specs for some time now as well. The two variants are almost identical except for the screen size, which is 5.8 inches on the S8 and 6.2 inches on the S8+. Both will have the QHD+ SuperAMOLED display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the Bixby smart voice assistant and a lot of other matched features.

We’re looking forward to both the Galaxy lineup as well as LG’s smartphone this year, as they will represent the first two phones for 2017 that have a smart voice assistant under the hood.

Samsung’s commercial delay is not a major one, thankfully, but it will mean waiting an additional week to get your hands on the Korean electronic giant’s first flagship phone of the year.



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