Samsung Galaxy S8 & Samsung Galaxy S8+ officially launched: Price, Features, Availability and What’s New

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be made available from April 21st, while the pre-order in U.S. begins tomorrow.

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As expected, Samsung unveiled two new Galaxy S8 series phones – the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 comes with 5.8-inch dual-curved edge while the larger variant S8+ features a 6.2-inch screen. Most of internals are same in both except that the bigger variant has larger battery.

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The Design and ‘Infinity Display’

As it was widely leaked and rumoured, Samsung has changed the design language of its Galaxy flagship line-up a bit. The company has ditched the signature Home Button and has moved the fingerprint sensor to the back, next to camera module, although one can still easily tell that its a ‘Samsung’.

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About the display, Samsung has introduced new ‘Infinity Display’ with the two Galaxy S8 smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, while the S8+ has a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The South Korean manufacturer has removed the Home Button for a near bezel-less design and both phones now have greater screen-to-body-ratio than the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.

Processor, RAM and the Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and it was well known from long. Also as expected, the S8 series will come with company’s own Exynos 9 chipset. Both processors use 10nm FinFET technology, which according to Samsung is much powerful and will consume less power. The Exynos powered devices will reach most regions except U.S. , China and markets of Japan where Samsung will get the Snapdragon processor.

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Both Galaxy S8 smartphones variants with different processors will have the same 4GB LPDDR4 RAM along with 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage. Details about other storage or RAM variants are not known as of now, but what is known is that these smartphones will run Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s custom UI on top.

‘Bixby’ – Debut of Samsung’s AI-based digital assistant

Samsung announced ‘Bixby’ a week back. It is company’s newly developed AI-based digital assistant which as expected has made its debut on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. During the presentation, Sriram Thodla from Samsung said that Bixby will provide users a deep integrated experience. Not just it can talk, it can see, recommend and remind you about everything that you do on a daily basis.

“An innovation that will completely change the way you use your mobile phone”, added Sriram.

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Security: Iris scanner, Fingerprint sensor, Facial recognition

With design been changed, Samsung has moved the fingerprint sensor to the back. Samsung understands that might not be as convenient as it was when they had on home button, so to make life little more easy Samsung has put in Iris scanner from Galaxy Note 7 which in-fact was lighting fast and quite accurate. Samsung has also thrown in facial recognition and all this will make life easy for consumers with Samsung Pass.

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Water and Dust resistant (IP68)

Both, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ carry the IP68 water and dust resistant certification from its predecessor devices. Which means with an IP68 rating, both devices are water resistant to a maximum depth of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes, and are also protected from dust, dirt or sand.

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The very important ‘Battery’ and its Safety

After the Note 7 fire fiasco, Samsung would not want to do same mistake and hence during the presentation Samsung’s SVP Product, Justin Denison, said, “We put the Galaxy S8 through our toughest safety test in process ever. With an 8-point battery safety check that goes beyond the industry standard.”

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About the battery capacity of Galaxy S8 and S8+. The smaller Galaxy S8 packs a 3000mAh battery while the S8+ has a 3500mAh battery. Both smartphone support fast Charging through wired or wireless charging. Samsung’s new wireless/ induction charging pad now allows phone to charge in inclined position so that you can see the display while its on charge.

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Pricing, Colours and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 will come in 5 different colours -Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Maple Gold, Coral Blue and Orchid Gray.

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Samsung hasn’t officially announced the pricing of Galaxy S8 and S8+, however BestBuy preorders will kick off at 12:01 AM EDT on Thursday. Customers pre-ordering on BestBuy will offer discount up to $100.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 price starts at $750 while the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ is priced at $850. Samsung is also bundling in-ear style headphone from AKG in the Galaxy S8 and S8+ box. These headphones will also be sold separately for $99. The final release date for both Galaxy S8 smartphones in the United States is April 21. Pricing and availability for other regions will be announced closer to the launch.