Samsung has finally announced its flagship phones for 2017. Debuting today the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus put an end to the endless stream of leaks and speculations which frankly speaking were pretty accurate. Just as expected the Galaxy S8 come driven by the Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835, offers a bezel-less “Infinity Display”, looks generous and we really love it. It looks like the new line of Galaxy phones will set new standards for the upcoming generations of Android smartphones.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Both devices come powered by the fast Snapdragon 835 processor, look sexy and offer massive bezel-free screens.
Processor and Battery
Today at the special press conference, Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will both work on an octa-core Snapdragon 835 chips clocked at 2.35GHz. However, keep in mind that the Qualcomm’s fastest chip will be used only in US-oriented models, as those targeting the globe will most probably run on an updated Exynos chip.
To guarantee great processing parameters and smooth Android 7.0 Nougat experience both phones offer 4GB RAM. Moving on, the Galaxy S8 is kept alive by a 3,000 mAh battery, which is exactly the same unit as the one found in the Galaxy S7. As for the Galaxy S8 Plus the phablet is fed by a bigger than the standard model 3,500 mAh battery, though weaker than the 3,600 mAh cell powering the Galaxy S7 Edge. Both cells support fast wireless charging mode.
Another thing that keeps in line with rumors is the fact that both devices house dual curved AMOLED design sporting rounded corners. There’s no divide on edge and non-edge models. Dubbed “Infinity Displays” the screen panels offered by both devices are almost deprived of bezels. The almost none-existing bezels make the handsets look and feel really compact despite hiding massive displays. Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S8 line features 83 percent screen-to-body ratio, so the viewing experience is really immersive.
When it comes to the display, the 5.8-inch standard Galaxy S8 and the ginormous 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus provide its users with 2960x1440p of resolution. In practice it means that the smaller Galaxy S8 has a higher pixel density of 570 ppi, while the Plus variant sports “only” 529 ppi. Although the well-known physical navigation buttons are gone, the previous home button area under the screen is pressure-sensitive. Except for the fast access to favorite apps and contacts provided by edge technology, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus both offer Always On display function enabling you to check notifications even when the screen is off allowing you to save considerable amounts of battery life.
In the optics department, both phones deliver a combination of a Dual Pixel 12MP primary camera and a selfie-friendly 8MP shooter with smart autofocus on the front, which looks like a visible improvement in comparison to the last years 5MP snapper. Such cameras guarantee great low-light zoom and anti-blur photos.
Surprisingly enough, the back panel is the place where the manufacturer decided to locate a fingerprint scanner. This switch is caused by the fact that on the front the device’s designers decided to set an iris scanner. A similar solution may be found in the jinxed Note 7. With features like an iris scanner, fingerprint reader and face recognition you can be sure that your personal data are secure as never before. If that’s not enough, you can store your top-secret data in a special secure folder which keeps it protected from third-party curiosity even when the phone is unlocked.
Dressed in a premium body shell being a hybrid of glass and metal the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus arrive with the last year’s IP68 certification tag for water and dust resistance. In addition, both devices support microSD expansion accepting cards up to 256GB, headphone jack and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
Software and Bixby
As for software, just as mentioned above the Galaxy S8 line works on the Android 7.1 Nougat with TouchWiz installed on the top. Furthermore, as any other self-respecting flagship the Galaxy S8 has been equipped with a AI assistant called Bixby. The intelligent voice assistant allows you to control apps, translate text, read QR codes and set reminders using your voice.
Availability and Pricing
Last but definitely one of the most important thing, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus goes up for pre-order tomorrow that is March 30, while on April 21 they will hit retail stores. If you pre-order the phone, you will score a bonus Gear VR headset (worth $129.99) with the new Controller (worth $39.99).
Available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Arctic Silverm, both phablets will be soon sold at the majority of US carriers. Below you can find a quick pricing comparison:
- At Verizon the Galaxy S8 will be accessible for $720 upfront or for $30 per month on a 24-month installment plan, whereas the bigger Galaxy S8 Plus will cost $840 or $35 per month.
- AT&T will sell the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus for $750 and $850 respectively, or for $25 per month on a 30-month plan or $31.25 on a 24-month plan in the case of the Galaxy S8, or $28.34 per month on a 30-month plan or $35.42 per month on a 24-month plan in the case of the Galaxy S8 Plus.
- T-Mobile, the Un-carrier, will offer the Galaxy S8 for $750 upfront or on a 24-installment plan for $30 per month plus $30 down. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8 Plus will cost $850 or $30 per month plus $130 down.
- Sprint will only offer the phones on a 18-month lease plan for $31.25 per month for the Galaxy S8 and $35.42 for the Galaxy S8 Plus.
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