THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 AND S8+ are finally official, and are exactly what you expected given the huge number of leaks and rumours building up to the launch.
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and will update this article as soon as we hear more.
– 5.8in / 6.2in QHD+ Super AMOLED curved display (570ppi / 529ppi)
– 149x 68x8mm, 155g / 160x73x8.1 mm, 173g
– Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung Experience
– IP68 certification
– Fingerprint sensor (on rear) and iris scanner (on front)
– Integrated heart rate sensor
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip (US), Exynos 9 (international)
– 4GB RAM (6GB in China and Korea)
– 3,000mAh / 3,500mAh battery
– 12MP main camera / 8MP front-facing camera
– Bixby AI assistant with dedicated button
– 3.5mm headphone jack
– USB-C charging
– 64GB storage with microSD (up to 256GB)
– Optional Samsung DeX HDMI dock for desktop mode
– Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
– Black Sky, Orchid Grey and Arctic Silver colour options.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are both available to pre-order from Wednesday 29 March, with early buyers set to receive their handset on 20 April. The smartphones will be available to all from 28 April.
However, only the Midnight Black and Orchid Grey models will be up for grabs initially, with the availability of the Arctic Silver yet to be announced.
Samsung has slapped the Galaxy S8 with a £689 SIM-free price tag, making it just £10 cheaper than the iPhone 7 with 128GB storage. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy S8+ is even more expensive at £779 SIM-free.
Carphone Warehouse, naturally, has been quick to start taking pre-orders and is offering the S8 and S8+ on tariffs with EE, iD, O2 and Vodafone. The best Galaxy S8 deal appears to be a £42 Vodafone tariff that comes with 24GB data and a £100 upfront cost, while the best S8+ offer is a £45.99 EE contract that comes with 5GB data and a £149.99 upfront cost.
Three has been quick to confirm its pricing for the S8 and S8+. The smaller Galaxy S8 will be available for £99 on a £35 tariff including 500MB data, with the network also offering 2GB and 12GB plans for £40 and £45. The Galaxy S8 is available on the same three tariffs for £40, £51 and £55 per month, respectively.
Sky Mobile claims that it’s Galaxy S8 pricing is the cheapest available. Pre-orders will begin on Thursday, and the handset will be available to pick up for free on a £36 24-month tariff which comes with 1GB monthly data. A more expensive £51 tariff will bag you the same 1GB data, but will allow you to upgrade to a new phone after 12 months. Sky is also offering the S8+ on £40 and £57 tariffs.
At Virgin Mobile, prices for the Galaxy S8 start at £45 per month for a deal including 600MB monthly data, increasing to £48 for 2GB, £51 for 8GB and £64 for 20GB. Pricing for the bigger Galaxy S8+ comes in at £49, £52, £58 and £68, depending on how much data you go for.
29/3/17: The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been officially unveiled, with Samsung confirming the phones’ 5.8in and 6.2in QHD+ displays, 10nm chips and built-in Bixby AI assistant, although this won’t be available in the UK at launch.
27/3/17: INQ‘s sister site V3 has exclusively revealed that the Galaxy S8 will be available in ‘Coral Blue’ (below).
20/3/17: Samsung has made its Bixby AI assistant official, and has confirmed that it’ll debut on the Galaxy S8 in the form of a dedicated button. The firm claims that the assistant offers a “deeper experience” than rival services, thanks to its proficiency in the areas of completeness, context awareness and cognitive tolerance.
13/3/17: Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has turned his attention to the Galaxy S8, claiming in a research note that its specs will include a QHD+ curved display, 4GB RAM and seven colour options. However, he’s also claiming that the handset unlikely will be as popular as last year’s Galaxy S7, nor the upcoming iPhone 8.
1/3/17: A legit-looking press render (above) has revealed exactly what the Galaxy S8 looks like. The image, posted by Even Blass, confirms speculation that the handset will feature a near bezel-less edge to edge display, and appears to show off the Galaxy S8’s built-in iris scanner.
27/2/17: Samsung, during its tablet-focused MWC presser, revealed that it’ll hold a standalone unveiling for the Galaxy S8 on 29 March (below).
23/2/17: A leaked slide has confirmed almost all there is to know about the bigger Samsung Galaxy S8+, outing its 6.2in AMOLED screen, 12MP camera and built-in iris scanner. At the same time, Samsung unveiled its 10nm Exynos 9 chip, which likely will feature inside some Galaxy S8 and S8+ models.
17/2/17: Some Galaxy S8 buyers might find a Sony-built battery inside their smartphone, with Samsung having reportedly roped in the firm as a third battery provider for its upcoming flagship smartphone.
27/1/17: A mega-leak courtesy of Venture Beat’s Evan Blass has given us our first look at the Galaxy S8, as well as confirming the handset’s launch date and full specification. These newly leaked details reveal that there will be two models – with 5.8in and 6.2in displays, respectively, and confirm that they will offer both USB-C and 3.5mm ports.
24/1/17: Samsung has reportedly given itself “first dibs” on the Snapdragon 835, meaning that rivals won’t be able to use the chip until after the Galaxy S8 launches in April.
16/1/17: Following multiple leaks pointing to an April launch for the Galaxy S8, ETNews claims to have learned of that it’ll arrive on 15 April.
3/1/17: Mimicking Microsoft’s Continuum feature, the Galaxy S8 reportedly will come with the ability to transform into a fully-fledged PC. A leaked slide shows a Samsung smartphone hooked up to a monitor, allowing for the use of windowed apps with a connected keyboard and mouse.