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Galaxy S8 Pre-Order Date Revealed By Major Retailer

Whoops. A circular from Target has accidentally leaked the pre-order date for the Galaxy S8 earlier than Samsung probably hoped.

That sort of information usually comes to light at the product unveiling, which is taking place at a big New York City event March 29.

A Target ad found online shows the S8's pre-order date. Credit: The Coupon Couple

(Image credit: A Target ad found online shows the S8's pre-order date. Credit: The Coupon Couple)

Unearthed by The Coupon Couple and discovered by Forbes, the ad shows a Galaxy S8 with the same striking redesign we've seen in multiple press renders and leaked photos, lining up with previous Galaxy S8 rumors.

As we expected, the S8 sports a curved display up front. In fact, the front is almost all screen, with minimal bezels above and below the Super AMOLED panel, which is expected to sport a high resolution of 2960 x 1440. We have the scoop on the S8's other leaked specs, too.

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Unfortunately, the back of the phone houses a fingerprint reader in a weirdly awkward location: right next to the camera. This could definitely result in smudging.

The ad says that pre-orders start April 2nd, which would be just a couple of days after the big unveiling. To sweeten the deal, Target is apparently including a Gear VR, complete with that fancy new controller, all of which is a $129 value.

This Galaxy S8 will stand out with a nearly bezel-free design. Credit: Benjamin Geskin

(Image credit: This Galaxy S8 will stand out with a nearly bezel-free design. Credit: Benjamin Geskin)

Other expected features of the Galaxy S8 include the Snapdragon 835 processor, which really impressed in our benchmarks, and a powerful desktop dock called DeX that could turn the phone into a mini PC. Last but not least is Bixby, a new virutal assistant that Samsung has already made official.

We'll bring you all the details of the Galaxy S8 on launch day, as well as our hands-on impressions.

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for nearly 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.