Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ up for pre-order in the U.S.

If you’re wanting to get your hands on a U.S. unlocked Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, this variant of the phone is now up for pre-order.

Carrier variants of the phone have been available for a couple weeks now, and we were told U.S. unlocked models wouldn’t be available until May 9, today.

It’s actually a little cheaper buying this model. Samsung is discounting both the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ by $25. So you can get the standard Galaxy S8 for just $725 and the larger Galaxy S8+ for $825. These would normally be priced at $750 and $850, respectively.

These models are only available for pre-order right now. Unfortunately, there’s a few weeks to wait before you’ll get your U.S. unlocked model. Best Buy says you’ll be able to get it by May 31.

Head to Best Buy’s online store at the link below if you’re seeking to go carrier-free with Samsung’s 2017 flagship.

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  • Fred Williams

    Don’t be fooled by the “unlocked” status of this version of the S8. Samsung wants you to shell out top dollar for this version to avoid carrier bloat, and get faster updates due to not having to wait on carrier approvals. While the former is true, the latter has NOT been the experience of those of us who purchased the “unlocked” version of the S7/S7 Edge. We’re all still running Marshmallow – MONTHS after ALL the carriers updated their variants. There are plenty of discussion threads documenting this situation on the internet (many of them on the official Samsung Cummunity Forums), so do your research before you buy so you know what to expect.

    • Justin_Herrick

      Your concern is totally valid, but Samsung did just release Android 7.0 Nougat for the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge yesterday.

      Let’s hope it’s different for the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+.

      • Fred Williams

        Yes, 5 months after the first carriers started pushing out their Nougat updates, Samsung releases Android 7.0 for the unlocked S7/S7+ (although it hasn’t reached my phone yet). Not 7.1, nor 7.1.1, nor 7.1.2, but 7.0.

        One can always hope, but I think your readers deserve to know how Samsung has treated this variant of their last flagship, and decide for themselves if they’re willing to pay a premium to be left behind, or go with a potentially cheaper and demonstrably better supported carrier specific variant.