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Samsung Announces the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Arrives April 21

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After countless leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were announced today. There aren’t really any surprises, but that doesn’t mean that Samsung isn’t still doing everything they can to push the smartphone industry forward with next-level tech and design. With these two phones, that’s exactly what we’ve got. 

Up front, you have a Galaxy S8 with a 5.8-inch QHD Super AMOLED “Infinity” display, while the Galaxy S8+ sports a 6.2-inch version. There are minimal bezels here, on-screen buttons, and Gorilla Glass 5. The design is quite stunning, even if we have seen it over and over again during the past few weeks.

As for the other specs, you’ve got a Snapdragon 835 processor (10nm) in the US, 64GB storage (with microSD slot), 4GB RAM, 12MP Dual Pixel f/1.7 rear camera, 8MP f/1.7 front camera, USB Type-C ports, IP68 dust and water resistance, and fast wired and wireless charging. The S8 features a 3000mAh, while the S8+ has a 3500mAh cell. The full specs can be found here.

Of course, specs aren’t the only thing to talk about here. Samsung includes Bixby, a virtual interface that will help you interact with your phone by voice. Only supported apps allow for Bixby interactions and those apps are the Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages, and Settings. You also get Samsung Pay, Samsung Health, and Samsung DeX, which is a desktop experience and dock for your Galaxy S8.

Finally, the Galaxy S8 will arrive in stores around the global on April 21 in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold.

Much more to come!

Via: Samsung
  • Scott Ricketts

    I want to see the camera samples. Unless they’ve done something super duper with the 835 that makes the images that much better than the s7, I can’t justify an upgrade.

    • needa

      New Snapdragon means better pics. Question is how much better.

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  • disastrousrainbow

    So…stereo speakers? I read a hands-on that said there were but haven’t heard much from anyone else…

  • ASYOUTHIA✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Looking forward to seeing the battery endurance scores on the S8 with that 3000 mAh battery

    • Eric R.

      The S7 Edge with a smaller screen has a way larger battery and I currently struggle to make it through the day.

      • ASYOUTHIA✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        What’s your SoT?

        • Eric R.

          5 hours with sync off, and no background data. I was able to get 7.5 when I got the phone.

    • Tandem0

      The default display resolution is set at 1080p so that might help quite a bit.

  • FlyLilSebastianFly

    The only thing I am waiting on. I need know if the home bar will be adjustable. I personally hate the reverse layout that samsung uses.

    • JSo

      You can switch the back and recents buttons

  • Nate

    As long as Samsung forces a curved screen only option. They’ve lost my business. Hello LG G6. My S7 will be the last Samsung phone.

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    • teebone

      That’s too bad IMO. This S8 version is by far the sexiest phone they’ve made to date after the S6 followed by the S7. I skipped on the S7 cause it was too similar to the S6 so I’m totally getting this bad boy. Plus a free new version of the Gear VR and the new controller that comes with it when pre-ordering!! Winner winner chicken dinner!! 840 is a damn good price for 6.2 inch beast of a phone, the best phone on the planet once it’s out! I was expecting closer to 940 so I was pleasantly surprised by the price.

      • Dave

        Haha winner winner chicken dinner. But agreed lol

  • MadMartigan

    “USB Type-C ports”

    port. There’s only one.

    “fast wired charging”

    Only QC 2.0. Not 3.0 and definitely not 4.0.

    They are making what was an “already made” decision a bit hard to swallow now. Might just stick with the V20 until the new Pixels are out in hopes they actually want to sell any this time around (availability via carriers and like, actually in stock).

  • Luis E. Cornejo

    Now, I hope we finally see other manufacturers use the snapdragon 835, because of the hateful Samsung exclusive.

  • LionStone

    Cool, they have a RE cam, kinda like HTCs hehe

  • gabe1989

    really looking forward to finding out how those batteries operate in the wild.

  • trevorsalienarms

    Just need to decide on 5.8 or 6.2 and I’m in. Murdered out black of course.

  • LionStone

    “Pioneered wireless charging”!?, except they started after Sony and HTC?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Htc?

      • LionStone

        HTC DNA, almost 5 years ago had wireless charging

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          You would think HTC would remember that. I think even they forgot.

        • abqnm

          It was available on some Galaxy S3 models, which came out 6 months before the Droid DNA.

          • LionStone

            Sorry never heard of it on the S3, it was probably an after thought or something you can slip inside the battery compartment. The DNA was “built in” sealed phones, just like the HTC Windows phone 8X, also 5 years ago.

          • abqnm

            The coil was built into the battery door, but it still required the ICs inside the device. It’s not like it was just slapped on 2 days before release. It was just made optional by Samsung including the battery cover with the coil on some versions, and not on others.

            Point is, there were a few Android devices that added it all in the same year.

          • LionStone

            This certainly doesn’t constitute “pioneering”, which was my point.

          • abqnm

            How does sealing the same tech inside a phone released 6 months later make it “pioneering?”

          • LionStone

            Because it was supplied ready to go inside the phone for everyone that bought the phone to utilize, not something to “add” later that the consumer had to do, if they even knew it had the capability. If it was included in the spec sheet, it means it wasn’t just something they were playing with, which Samsung was doing, definitely not “pioneering”…which again, was the whole point.

          • abqnm

            It was included with some variations of the S3, out of the box. Others you could add it with the battery door. Tell me again what carriers the DNA was available on? Oh, right. Verizon. That’s it. So it’s not like it was available to everyone either.

            The point though, is that neither HTC or Samsung were pioneers here. Palm was the pioneer. Palm was the first with their Touchstone charger for the Pre.

            Saying HTC was a pioneer because they included wireless charging, 3 years after Palm first introduced it, in a phone sold for one single carrier is bogus. They didn’t invent it, they weren’t the first Android device to offer it, and they all but abandoned it shortly thereafter. Nothing about that says “pioneer.”

          • LionStone

            Which carriers isn’t the point and neither is carrier exclusive Droids. I’m glad you can agree that Samsung definitely did not “pioneer” wireless charging and I never claimed HTC invented it, or was the true pioneer for it and was even the first! I simply stated a fact that they had it available, in the box, with chargers available and it worked perfect without a hitch. That much at the very least gives them credit for being among the first to do it in the modern tech era.

        • hkklife

          First device that I was aware of to have optional Qi charging was the Droid Bionic, followed by the Galaxy S3 in 2012. The HTC DNA was the first VZW-compatible device that I am aware of to have Qi charging standard, in Oct 2012. It was also the last HTC device that I am aware of to have wireless charging and also, ironically, the last HTC device I owned.

        • illregal

          and it was waterproof.

    • Tyler Durden

      Do those OEMs offer fast wireless charging or just basic?

      • LionStone

        He said wireless charging, not “fast” wireless charging

        • Tyler Durden

          so we’re gonna be dense on purpose

          • LionStone

            They weren’t pioneers, just accept it, it’s ok

          • Tyler Durden

            Just like Apple hasn’t pioneered and made features better than all android OEM’s. Okay.

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  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    A week earlier than expected. Now we need pricing. Looking forward testing of that battery.

    • Allen George

      Started work on the Galaxy S8 grenade mod for GTA V last night.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        It better look exactly like the phone…

  • illregal

    yawn

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