The much awaited smartphone of the year Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ is now available in the USA. After a long wait for pre-order period, the devices are now available to buy from stores in the market. Unlocked Samsung can be purchased from Samsung stores or, from Samsung’s official website. While the locked device is available at carrier’s store or their official website. The unlocked S8 comes with a price tag of $720 and S8+ at $820. Both the S8 and S8+ available in three more markets along with the USA. They are Canada, South Korea, and Puerto Rico.
While launching these in these markets, Samsung also mentioned that the both devices will come in other markets ‘in the weeks ahead.’
While we are here, it is also worth mentioning that these two devices are the new flagship device from Samsung. This is a major bid from Samsung to earn respect back from the consumers after the dramatic Note 7 failure.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ features:
If you are confused between which device to buy then here is a quick look at the device specs and features.
Both devices are huge in screen and low in footprint thanks to the Infinity display and Samsung’s wise decision for a nearly bezel-less phone. The S8 is a 5.8 inches display phone where as S8+ spots a whopping 6.2 inches display. Both the phones come with rather unusual aspect ratio of 18.5:9 which makes the device little taller and comfortable to handle.
Both the device is powered by Snapdragon 835 chipset or Exynos 8895 chipset depending on where you live. Both devices come with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Both S8 and S8+ have MicroSD slot to support 256GB additional storage.
The rear camera is a led down for many people as Samsung decided to use the same 12MP sensor from the previous generation S7 with some minor improvement. The front camera got a bump from 5MP of S7 to a new 8MP.
In software section, Samsung has added a new AI assistant called Bixby. It works almost same as Google Assistant. It is strange for many people that why would Samsung choose to develop when Android has its own assistant. The Bixby still in development mode, seems like Samsung made its new flagship users a beta tester for Bixby :p Samsung is very serious about Bixby, and that can be seen by the fact that Samsung has added a dedicated Bixby button on the left side of the screen. Samsung’s new flagship phones come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with Samsung’s TouchWiz skin on top.
The fingerprint scanner located in a bizzar place right next to the camera at the back which is a very uncomfortable place to put fingerprint scanner. Though it has iris scanner and it is much improved than before but still people missing the convenient of a fingerprint scanner.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are interesting devices. If you made your mind to get any of the mentioned phones, then this is the right time for you.