After months of rumours and expectations, Samsung has finally introduced the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus to us during their Unpacked event at the Lincoln Centre in New York City today.
One of the first features that you will notice about these smartphones is the almost bezel-free display, which runs the full width of the device and curves around the edge of the smartphone to create something that Samsung is calling “infinity display”.
To keep this experience smooth, they also removed the home button from the front, replacing it with a pressure-sensitive section at the bottom of the display.
The S8 will feature a 5.8-inch display and the S8 Plus will have a 6.2-inch display with dimensions of 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm. That display will have a pixel resolution of 2,960 x 1,440-pixels with Mobile HDR Premium certification that allows it to show blacker blacks, brighter whites, and all with a larger range of brightness.
Inside of the device, you will also find an Octa-core chip that is made out of four 2.3Ghz cores and another four 1.7Ghz cores.
It is also the first smartphone to use the 0.1 micron production process, while featuring 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage and an SD card slot for expanding that storage.
The S8 Plus will also feature a 3,500mAh battery, while the S8 will step that down a little with a 3,000mAh battery.
Both will come with Android 7.1 Nougat pre-installed, but will probably be upgradable to Android O when it launches in Q3 2017.
On the front there is an 8-megapixel camera with an f1.7 aperture, while the back features a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera that has optical image stabilisation. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the back, next to the camera, along with Samsung’s Iris technology.
Both smartphones will be available “Midnight Black”,“Arctic Silver” and “Orchid Grey” in the UK and around the world from April 28th, although those who pre-order will get it a week early.
The Galaxy S8 will retail for £689 and the S8 Plus will retail for £779.