Samsung has launched its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones.
The new smartphones “push the boundaries of traditional smartphones” and feature a “seamless hardware design and a variety of new service offerings”.
The devices’ features include an Infinity Display and an array of new services and apps.
The Galaxy S8 sports a 5.8-inch display with a bezel-less design, made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Galaxy S8+ features a similar 6.2-inch display. The recommended retail price of the Samsung Galaxy S8 in South Africa will be R15,499, while the Galaxy S8+ will go for R17,499.
Other standout features of the devices include:
- Premium camera – 8MP F1.7 smart autofocus front camera and 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera.
- Powerful hardware – The industry’s first 10nm processor, gigabit LTE and gigabit Wi-Fi ready.
- Great entertainment – Certified by the UHD Alliance as Mobile HDR Premium.
- Security – The devices feature Samsung Knox, and a fingerprint scanner, iris scanner, and facial recognition.
- Durability – The S8 and S8+ are IP68 water and dust resistant.
- Personal assistant – The devices feature Bixby, an intelligent interface that will help users get more out of their phone.
Samsung DeX turns your smartphone into a desktop
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ also “offer a robust portfolio of products and services”, elevating the devices for premiere mobile productivity and connectivity, said Samsung.
This includes compatibility with the new Gear VR with controller, and the new Gear 360 – which can create 4K 360-degree videos and 15MP photos.
Samsung also punted its DeX solution, which “transforms your smartphone into a desktop”.
“With Samsung DeX, users can easily display and edit data from their phone, making working from a smartphone faster and smarter,” said Samsung.
Samsung Pay, high-performance earphones tuned by AKG by Harman, and support for wireless charging also come standard.
“The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available starting on 21 April, and will be offered in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, and Maple Gold.”
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
|Specifications||Galaxy S8||Galaxy S8+|
|Dimensions||148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm||159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm|
|OS||Android 7.0||Android 7.0|
|Display||5.8″ Quad HD+ (2,960 x 1,440)||6.2″ Quad HD+ (2,960 x 1,440)|
|Processor||Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad) 64 bit / Octa-core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) 64 bit||Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad) 64 bit / Octa-core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) 64 bit|
|Storage||64GB, MicroSD up to 256GB||64GB, MicroSD up to 256GB|
|Rear Camera||12MP OIS (F1.7)||12MP OIS (F1.7)|
|Front Camera||8MP AF (F1.7)||8MP AF (F1.7)|
|Network||LTE Cat. 16||LTE Cat. 16|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, NFC||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, NFC|