A Short Overview of Samsung Galaxy S8

For the past two generations, Samsung has given us not one, but two S-series smartphones. This year there will be a Samsung Galaxy S8 as well as a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review. Both smartphones will have Edge displays, so the larger had to change names.

Samsung has used as much space on the front of the phone as possible for the display. So, the screen size is larger but the device as a whole isn’t much larger than its predecessors.

The design

The technical specs are mostly known, and now the design is quite firm too. Several leaks have shown us the details.

A photo leaked by the famous leaker Evan Blass on Venture Beat shows the device’s front and back, and we can assume its authenticity based on his reputation for providing accurate leaks.

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The photo shows the fingerprint scanner placed on the back, just beside the camera.

Another picture focuses on the back of a device case, with a wide opening for the camera, flash and fingerprint sensor. These are supposedly official Samsung cases for the Galaxy S8 Plus and Galaxy S8.

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Further indicators of the design are two screen protectors which we saw back in January that are consistent with the design we’ve seen in leaks that followed, like the two pictured above.

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The price

For the first time, information about the price has come out in a report by mobile-review.com. The prices are unlikely to differ significantly from those of the S7 generation, with a price of around $850 for the S8 Plus and $700-750 for the S8. Other reports indicate the price could even be $100 higher, but regardless, it certainly won’t be a bargain in the first few months.

Release date

Typically, Samsung introduces new additions to the S-series on the Sunday before MWC in Barcelona. This year, Samsung will present the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus at the end of March – likely on March 29. The S8 is expected to hit the shelves during the third week of April.

MWC won’t be entirely devoid of the S8. Instead, according to SamMobile, Samsung will announce the official launch date there. If the current rumors are confirmed, there could be an unveiling event on March 29 in New York.

 

The technical specifications

Rumors about the tech specs of the S8 and S8 Plus are fairly consistent and without many contradictions. As such, we have summarized them in the following table to give you an overview of the device.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Type Phone
Model SM-G950 SM-G955
Manufacturer Samsung
Dimensions 140.14 x 72.20 x 7.30 mm 152.38 x 78.51 x 7.94 mm
Weight unknown
Battery Size 3,000 3,600 mAh
Screen Size 5.8 inches 6.2 inches
Display Technology AMOLED
Screen 1,440 x 2,560 pixels (576 ppi)
Front Camera 8 MP
Rear Camera 12 MP
Flashlight LED
Android Version Android 7.1 Nougat
User Interface TouchWiz
RAM 6 GB
Internal Storage 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, UFS 2.1
Removable Storage up to 256 GB per slot (single and dual SIM models)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895
Number of Cores 8
Max Clock Speed 2.5 GHz
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C, headphone jack