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Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ Specs, Release Date in Canada April 21 [u]

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Samsung galaxy s8

Samsung has just unveiled the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, two new high-end smartphones that will compete directly with Apple’s iPhones. According to the Verge’s Dieter Bohn, who had the opportunity to play with the phones for a couple hours, the phone is “the nicest phone I’ve ever held.”

The S8 comes with a 5.8-inch screen, the S8 Plus with 6.2-inch. Both have a resolution of 2960 × 1440 pixels. With this generation of smartphones, Samsung has ditched the physical home button and gone for a virtual one, leaving more room for the display. The screen is curved around the left and right, which Samsung calls “the infinity display”, as it gives the feeling of not having any bezels at all.

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The US version of the phones incorporate Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHZ Quad) processors, while the international version has a Samsung Exynos Octa core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.9 GHZ Quad) processor. It also includes 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of onboard storage and an expandable SD card slot.

As for the camera, Samsung is using the same 12 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, while the front-facing camera is 8 MP.

The S8 has a 3,000 mAh battery, while the S8 Plus has a larger, 3,500 mAh battery, and both models come with the usual suite of power options: Qualcomm Quick Charge and support for both major wireless charging standards.
As noted by the Verge, the face detection systems included on the phones worked very well, but it isn’t considered as safe as methods such as fingerprint identification. By the way, the fingerprint sensor has moved to the back near the camera module.

Samsung has already teased its personal assistant Bixby, but the service wasn’t exactly available while testing the phones, Samsung said. It will be available only when the phones are launched.

Pre-orders start on March 30, and the handsets will hit US stores on April 21. U.S. pricing starts at US$720.

Canadian pricing is $999.99 for the S8 according to Best Buy, and S8+ outright has yet to be determined, but expect it to be around $1100 CAD. The phone will release in Canada on March 31.

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  • Metromiller

    8+
    Really?!!

  • joe

    lol no kidding… it’s all these “little” things that really disgust me about Samsung. I must admit though, the phone specs look great. Shame it can’t run iOS :p

  • Mamba

    Well, honestly speaking, the specs will look great on any flagship device at the time. Anything otherwise will not make any sense. So…. it’s really a meaningless statement.

  • John Doe

    Well to be fair apple has its own share of “little” things lately that a lot would consider “disgusting” from a consumers point of view. A good example would be their pricing tactics, and just general maximizing profits without any real change in hardware. A personal one for me is the lack or inconsistent updates to their mac hardware line. When they do update that line it seems they put more value on the marketability of the products then the overall usability.

    In my opinion I feel people should care less about the copycatting businesses do to try to make their products more desirable. Unless you’re a share holder let the multi billion dollar companies and their team of lawyers care about that.

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  • OliChabot

    They look like amazing but I just can’t deal with Samsung UI… let’s hope Apple comes up with something great

  • NOHoldsBar

    I am speechless that Apple is going back to the Apple 5C methodology. I know Steve Jobs would not approve. Offering more choices can sometimes, as in this case confuse consumers.

    I despise Samsung and so should everyone. They’re unethical. I think I will buy the new Sony Xperia XZ. It has the same CPU as Samsung 8 and Sony is a much better company to deal with and trust than Samsung.

  • NOHoldsBar

    That’s always been the case and people conveniently overlook the cost to manufacture including r and d with Apple has always been less than Samsung.

    Apple has a higher profit margin than Samsung for their devices.

    It’ll be interesting to see how things play out by Xmas.

    Maybe only the elite will buy the iPhone 8+.

    Samsung will have to come up with some ridiculous promotions for people like me to use or buy their devices. I only buy phones outright and I have no contract.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    And somehow there was room for a headphone jack. At least Samsung was smart enough not to copy that “innovation”.

  • Ned K.

    I think it’s time to try another phone. iPhone is overpriced and boring.

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