And finally, they are here – Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. You have probably seen a lot of them in the leaks and rumors, but this is no leak as Samsung has just unveiled the phones in New York City.
From the tipsters, we can say kudos! The leaks were perfect and as Sammy confirms, the Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-innch display screen and the Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen. If you’ve held a 5.5-inch phone in your hand, you should be wondering how big these two are, however, the design language of the two phones makes them easy to hold and operate even using one hand.
Like it had been pointed out in the rumors, the bezels are no more, but this is only true for the left and right-hand side of the screens. As for the top and bottom, the bezels are there, but very small.
Check out the specs of the two phones:
|Display||2960 x 1440 pixels, curved Super AMOLED, 5.8-inch or 6.2-inch|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895|
|Storage||64GB, MicroSD card (256GB)|
|Camera||12MP f/1.7 back, 8MP f/1.7 front|
|Battery||3000mAh or 3500mAh|
|Software||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Dimensions||148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm or 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm|
|Weight||155g or 173g|
If you live in the U.S., you’ll get a Snapdragon 835 variant of the Galaxy S8 or S8+. As for other markets, some units will be powered by an Exynos 8895, but the rest of the specs remain unchanged. These include a RAM of 4GB and expandable storage of 64GB. We’ve had reports claiming that China will receive a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, but we can’t tell whether this variant will be sold in the U.S. or other markets apart from China.
To keep the Galaxy S8 alive is a 3000mAh battery unit and for the Galaxy S8+, there’s a bigger 3500mAh unit. Both phones have the same design from the outside, featuring curved AMOLED screens with rounded edges. Unlike the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the resolution is higher at 2960 x 1440 pixels. Samsung also says that the screen to body ratio is now at 83%, which is still way behind the Xiaomi Mi MIX’s 91.3%. One interesting bit of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is that the home button region of the screen is pressures-sensitive – and it works even if the home button is hidden.
If you thought the rumors and leaks were a joke, well, be warned that the fingerprint scanner on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ has been shifted to the rear panel, but the front now gets an iris scanner similar to the one that came with the Note 7. Just beside this rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is a 12MP camera with an aperture similar to the S7 Edge, but the front shooter gets a bump from 5MP to 8MP while keeping the same 7/1.7 aperture as its predecessor. You also get to use software-based AF.
Speaking of software, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are powered by Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Even though some will be disappointed that there’s no Android 7.1, the fact that Bixby is here might just help put away the sorrows. Being an AI assistant, Bixby will let you control apps using your voice, similar to the way we deal with Google Assistant.
As far as colors are concerned, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be sold in quite a good number of color variants that include midnight black, arctic silver, orchid gray, maple gold and the famous coral blue that not only appeared on the Galaxy Note 7 but also on the Galaxy S7 Edge. Unlike China where pre-orders begin today, those in the U.S. can start pre-ordering the S8 and S8+ as from March 30, which is tomorrow.
The package will include a free Gear VR alongside a pair of AKG earbuds that are valued at $99. As for the phones’ prices, the Galaxy S8 is said to retail on Verizon Wireless at $720 while the S8+ will be priced at $840.