As promised, Samsung finally unwrapped the company’s next big thing. It’s so big that it is quite evident from the size of the company’s new flagship that has changed over the years. For 2017, Samsung comes out with a whole new design for the Galaxy S8 and the larger Galaxy S8+
The new Galaxy S8 flagship devices now comes with a larger display but Samsung has the ways to implement the larger screen on its flagships while making the handset’s footprint even smaller that the outgoing Galaxy S7. The Galaxy S8 comes with a large 5.8-inch display while the Galaxy S8+ goes even larger at 6.2-inch. Both devices features a dual-edge display and a super-thin narrow bezels.
For the first time ever on a Samsung flagship device, the Galaxy S8 ditched the physical home button and capacitive keys in favor of a more dynamic on-screen navigation controls with their own unique styling. With the home button gone, Samsung had to place the fingerprint sensor elsewhere and that they decided to put the biometric sensor on the back, right beside the main camera sensor. Other than the fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ also includes an improved iris scanner.
Despite all the new hype in mobile imaging, the Galaxy S8 still comes with a single main camera sensor which is a carryover from last year’s model but with new and improved imaging algorithms, expect a more vibrant and clearer photos than ever with its 12 MP sensor and an f/1.7 Aperture. On the front, there’s an 8 MP at your disposal with an improved autofocus feature.
Connectivity-wise, the Galaxy S8 comes with all the standard connectivity options including LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS and the most recently Bluetooth 5.0 making the Samsung flagship as one of the first few devices in the market to support the latest high-speed Bluetooth specifications.
The Galaxy S8 variants will both Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage with microSD card support of up to 256GB. The Galaxy S8 comes with a 3000 mAh battery while the Galaxy S8+ includes a heftier 3500 mAh powerbank. The units are fully sealed and has a IP68 certification which signifies water and dust proofing.
So, there you go, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, these devices will come with Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold color options. US customers will be able to purchase the new handsets on April 21st while other parts of the world should be able to do so on April 28. The Galaxy S8 is priced at US$ 750.00 while the its larger sibling the S8+ would cost US$ 850.00.
Customers who will pre-order either of these two flagships will get an AKG headphones with dual drivers plus a Gear VR headset with motion controller.