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Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 release dates confirmed

An artistic rendering of the LG G6, one of the Galaxy S8's major competitors. (Source: Forbes)
An artistic rendering of the LG G6, one of the Galaxy S8's major competitors. (Source: Forbes)
March and April will bring a clash of flagships as LG and Samsung square off. It's LG's G6 against Samsung's Galaxy S8, two of this year's anticipated high-end smartphones.

After months of hearsay, we're finally getting unambiguous answers about two powerful flagships of 2017: Samsung's Galaxy S8 (along with the S8+) and LG's G6. These smartphones are mentioned in the same breath as they are both Korean, both have similar release dates and both of these phones are targeted at high-end consumers.

LG is on a clock to get the G6 out the door before the S8 hits the market, so they're going to begin releasing the G6 in South Korea on March 10, not long after its announcement at Mobile World Congress. The G6 will be available for pre-order on March 2.

Samsung will officially announce the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in New York on March 29 with a worldwide release date of April 21. This runs counter to previous rumors that Samsung would first begin selling its two flagships in South Korea a week prior to its international release. Instead, they are opting to launch the S8 and S8+ everywhere at the same time, which they said was to help better manage the supply of the phones.

Samsung has yet to announce a pre-order date, but based on past evidence, Samsung tends to start taking pre-orders around a week before its intended release date.


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Isaac Brown, 2017-02-23 (Update: 2017-02-24)