Galaxy S21 pre-preorders are open, but what about a release date? Here’s what we know



The new Samsung Galaxy S21 debuts this month and should go on sale shortly after.


Samsung’s new Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones are set to debut at the Samsung Unpacked event on Jan. 14 — the last day of CES — which will livestream at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. PT (here’s how to watch the S21 event live). The South Korean company’s event theme is “Welcome to Everyday Epic.” But when can you actually get your hands on the new phones?

It’s likely the phones will go one sale toward the end of the month. If Android Authority’s predictions are true, the new devices will be out on Jan. 22. Earlier reports have suggested that they could go on sale in India on Jan. 29. For now, you can’t technically preorder the new phones yet, but you can get in the virtual line and preorders are open on Samsung’s website. 

CNET reached out to Samsung for comment, and we’ll update when we hear back. 

The new phones are the follow-up to the S20 phones, which Samsung released last year to accommodate multiple budgets. Rumors were circulating as early as last November that the tech giant was already mass-producing the Galaxy S21.

See also: Why now is the worst time to buy the Samsung Galaxy S20

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