Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ launched: Specifications, Pricing and Release Date

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ has been launched in in Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold color variants. Samsung has officially launched the much-awaited Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ along with the accessories at an event held in New York on March 29.

The event was broadcasted live with several key executives emerging on the dais with live demos. In addition to Galaxy S8 smartphones, Samsung also launched accessories such as Gear and DeX docking connector.

The highlight of Samsung Galaxy S8 is the addition of a curved Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 835 processor alongside Android 7.0 Nougat on top of a refreshed UI. The Galaxy S8 series is the first flagship handset released by the company after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco in 2016.

In both handsets, capacitive touch buttons are replaced with on-screen navigation buttons, which was demonstrated at the event. Moreover, you will also find an invisible Home button, placed below the display.

As expected, Samsung also introduced Bixby digital virtual assistant hat is pre-loaded with the handset. The introduction of Bixby is seen as a breakthrough for Samsung since it will compete with Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana and Amazon Alexa.

Samsung Bixby

Furthermore, the integration of an Iris scanner helps users to unlock the phone easily. Interestingly, the Iris scanner was also found in Galaxy Note 7, but people could not use it to full potential because of the explosion and subsequent recall of the phone. With the Galaxy S8 series, you need not have to worry about water because the handset is equipped with IP68 certification.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440) Infinity Super AMOLED pressure sensitive display, Snapdragon 835 processor, Adreno 540 graphics, 4GB RAM, 64GB expandable (Up to 2TB) internal storage, 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera coupled with 8MP front-facing shooter.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S8+ also features the same internals similar to that of the Galaxy S8. However, the only difference is the display size which is 6.2-inch in the Galaxy S8+ variant. You will also find Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection not only on the front but also on the rear.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Specifications

While the Galaxy S8 is equipped with a 3000mAh battery, the Galaxy S8+ ships with a 3500mAh battery with support for fast and wireless charging capabilities.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Performance

During the launch, Samsung revealed that the company would launch an International edition with Samsung Exynos 8895 processor paired with Mali-G71 MP20 graphics. Samsung has integrated dual pixel camera sensor in both handsets. You will also find support for LED Flash, OIS, and 4K video shooting. In addition to 4G LTE, you will also find support for all standard sensors and connectivity features.

Along with the Samsung Galaxy S8 series, the company also launched Samsung DeX, which is identical to that of Microsoft Continuum. You will be able to establish connectivity with big display and work similar to that of a computer. Moreover, the company also launched Samsung Gear VR and Controller at $129.

Pricing and Release Date

If you would are located in the US andUK, you can pre-order the Galaxy S8 and S8+ starting March 30. The newly launched handsets will be available for purchase starting April 21 in the US and April 28 in European markets.

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The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be available for $750 and $850 respectively in the US. If you are in the UK, you should pay GBP 689, while you have to pay $1199 in Australia.

As part of the pre-order offer, you will receive Gear VR 2017 and Controller in addition to Oculus game pack. If you pay an additional $99, you will receive an AKG over-ear Bluetooth headphones, earbuds including 256GB memory card. You will also receive Samsung Rewards Platinum level with bonus points if you purchase the Samsung Galaxy S8 before May 14.

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