UK RETAILER MobileFun has started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S8, even though it doesn't, er, officially exist yet.
If legit, the listing is bad news for anyone planning to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S8, as the retailer has slapped the smartphone with a whopping £799 price tag, which will bag you the smaller 5.8in Galaxy S8 with 64GB built-in storage. A 128GB model is also expected, but that's not yet listed on the Mobile un site.
This £150 more expensive than the £549 launch price of the Galaxy S7, and even pricier than the Galaxy S7 Edge which fetched £649 when it first went on sale.
MobileFun's price may just be a placeholder, with Samsung unlikely to have confirmed pricing details for the smartphone just yet. However, the retailer told INQ that it received these price details from a supplier, and while not 100 per cent legitimate, they likely are the real deal.
If the price is legit, it could be a sign that Samsung is looking to recuperate losses from the costs it incurred during the recall of the Galaxy Note 7 last year.
MobileFun's listed specs match up with the huge number of leaks we've seen over the past few months, and point to a 5.8in QHD curved display, IP68 certification, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, a 12MP main camera and 8MP front-facing camera and a 3,000mAh battery.
However, there's no mention of the mooted iris scanner set to feature on the Galaxy S8, nor its widely-speculated artificial intelligence (AI) assistant.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to launch alongside the plus-sized Galaxy S8+, which is tipped to pack a mammoth 6.2in AMOLED screen and a bigger 3,500mAh battery.
Both smartphones will be unveiled at a standalone launch event on 29 March, before they reportedly go on sale towards the end of April.
Neither MobileFun or Samsung has yet returned our request for comment. µ
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