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Yes, we knew almost everything about the Galaxy S8/S8+ way before it was announced today, thanks to leaks from @evleaks and a number of weibo users. I don’t think there has been any device that has been leaked as much as the Galaxy S8. Samsung actually didn’t have any suprises, but who would blame them?

Anyway, here’s the Galaxy S8 in all its glory:

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8 inch dual-curved QHD Super AMOLED “infinity” display, with almost non-existent bezels and rounded corners just like the LG G6. The bigger sibling, the S8+, has a similar display technology with a slightly larger surface area at 6.2 inches. Both variants have the dual-curve and thus we will not be seeing the “edge” branding.


The S8 has a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, which has been rumoured to be the case due to the on-display reader technology not being ready on time. This does explain, in part, the weird placement of the reader. We have a USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack and one speaker grill at the bottom.

An improved iris scanner is also present, to soften the pain of using that awkwardly placed fingerprint reader, Samsung also included facial recognition technology. IP68 water and dust resistance, Samsung Pay, SD card support all make a comeback with the S8.

As expected and previously announced, Samsung’s new AI digital assistant, Bixby, made its début with the S8 with a dedicated button (on the left of the device) to summon it.

The new Galaxy S8 comes along a new Gear VR with controller, three-coil wireless charging support, Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4 and AKG headphones inside the box.

As previously rumoured, we also saw the announcement of Samsung DeX, a windows continuum-like accessory that will turn the S8 into a fully fledged desktop.

Samsung also announced Samsung Connect, a IoT solution to “simplify smart device management”. With Samsung Connect, users can easily activate IoT-enabled devices through a quick three-step configuration process and manage all connected devices through one integrated app.

The rest of the specifications are here:


  Galaxy S8Galaxy S8+
DisplayTypeSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Size5.8"6.2"
Resolution2960*14402960*1440
ProtectionGorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 5
PlatformOperating SystemAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.0 Nougat
ChipsetSnapdragon 835/Exynos 8895Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895
CPU
Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process

Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process
GPU--
MemoryRAM4GB4GB
Internal64GB64GB
ExternalmicroSD, up to 256GBmicroSD, up to 256GB
NetworkTechnology4G LTE4G LTE
SIMSingle SIM / Dual SIMSingle SIM / Dual SIM
CameraMain12MP f/1.7 Dual Pixel12MP f/1.7 Dual Pixel
Front8MP f/1.7 with smart autofocus8MP f/1.7 with smart autofocus
BatterySize3000 mAh with quick charge 43500 mAh with quick charge 4
TypeLi-PoLi-Po
ColorsMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple GoldMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold.
FeaturesFingerprint reader (rear-mounted), IP68 rating, Iris Scanner, Facial recognition, Wireless charging, Bixby AI, Always-On displayFingerprint reader (rear-mounted), IP68 rating, Iris Scanner, Facial recognition, Wireless charging, Bixby AI, Always-On display

The release date of the new Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ has been set as April 21.

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  1. I still don’t think the placement of the finger print scanner at the back makes it better, can see samsung are now focusing more on style


      • But considering the size of the s8 & s8 plus it won’t be that comfortable(will need 2 hands if you have small hands) and easy then picture this how is the back cover going to work?? again the phone lens camera would be touched more often meaning before taking any pic you’ll need to do some cleaning before you get used to it


        • I agree with you on that. The location of the fingerprint scanner is quite high up for ease of use with one hand, without extra work to reach it. And a huge potential to smudge the camera glass with fingerprints.


    • I think the scanner was placed next to the camera to blend with some design elements deemed fit by some design guru in Seoul, and to dispell the clichè of placing it below the camera sensor like everyone else’s.


    • Fingerprint sensor placement varies among smartphone manufactures. Heck, Sony embeds theirs with a power button on the side. Personally, I’m okay with any position as long as it’s crazy stupid fast as in OnePlus 3/T.

      About the S8, it’s arguably the prettiest hardware you’ll see on a smartphone. So futuristic, so much screen, so much beauty.


      • I don’t care about beauty. I would rather have the fingerprint reader at the front or side mounted. I would rather have big bezels with front speakers than thinner bezels or the curved display. This year i might try the sony xperia Xz premium.

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