The Galaxy S8 will go on sale in Australia on April 28. According to preliminary reports, it's the best smartphone Samsung has ever produced. If you're clamouring to get your paws on one as soon as possible, we have some good news: Samsung reckons you can jump the queue and snag one a week before it launches. Here's how.
The answer is simple: pre-order! It's not a terribly ingenuous hack, but it apparently works. As reported by Gizmodo, Samsung is predicting that Galaxy S8 pre-orders could ship as early as April 21. (Which is my birthday, coincidentally. Double yay!)
Here's the official spiel from Samsung:
Customers who pre-order the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in the first few days of the pre-order period could receive their bundle from April 21, making them among the first in the world to receive Samsung’s innovative new smartphone.
As Gizmodo points out, that extra week isn't just for bragging rights - it also gives you a head-start to sell your old phone. The week after launch will see eBay and Gumtree swamped with second-hand Androids with prices driven down accordingly. Selling before April 21 could translate to an extra $50 or $100 in your pocket.
In addition to getting your shiny new phone before it officially goes on sale, pre-ordering also gets you a free Gear VR virtual reality headset valued at $199. Not too shabby, eh? You can check out the best pre-order plan from Australia's major telcos below.
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