Samsung has announced its long-rumored and much-anticipated Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones that will replace last year’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge models. The announcement was made in NYC at a private event earlier today. Each of the two phones offer a refreshed experience with upgraded internals and a modern design. With the pair, the South Korean manufacturer hopes to turn things around after perhaps the roughest six months in the company’s history that followed the launch of the Galaxy Note 7.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ include 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch QHD+ 18:9 Super AMOLED displays, respectively. However, despite the large screens compared to last year’s models, each handset’s body has remained a similar size, just with narrower and taller dimensions. This is thanks to the high screen-to-body ratio found on each of the two smartphones, which incorporate little bezel. Samsung has also many new features and tools to help out those who like to consume media and be productive at the same time. Here’s where and when you’ll be able to get your hands on one.
The Galaxy S8 models are finally here, after all the hype and anticipation that has built up over the proceeding months. From what we’ve been hearing, initial feedback has been solid to this point, and many are excited for the “next big thing.” Business will run as normal for Samsung, who has a global release planned for later this season that will spread across several continents and to many cellular networks.
Shortly after this morning’s unveiling wrapped up, carriers here in the United States began to confirm to their fans and social followings availability for Samsung’s next flagship. This has made our job a bit easier. Samsung has also partnered up with major U.S. retailers, who will also sell the new smartphones once they are shipped from the warehouse. Here’s all the pricing, availability and Galaxy S8 release information we have thus far along with some of our top stories and latest coverage out of Unpacked 2017.
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Verizon has confirmed that it will start selling both Galaxy S8 models this April. The Galaxy S8 will retail for $720 without any sort of contract and can be paid for either up front or in the form of $30 monthly installments for 24 periods. Galaxy S8+ will cost $120 more at $840 full retail, and can be paid using installments of $35 per month. Pre-orders will go live beginning March 30th and will ship out once each handset goes up for sale on April 21. Color options will include Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, and Arctic Silver.
UPDATE 4/21: Now available!
AT&T will sell both new Galaxy S8 models. Pricing for the Galaxy S8 will go for $31.25 per month for 24 months or $25 per month for 30 months, adding to $750 outright. The larger Galaxy S8+ totals to $850 outright and be paid for using 24 installments of $35.42 or 30 payments of $28.34. Pre-orders will be accepted starting March 30th. Both handsets will hit stores on April 21. Color options will include Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, and Arctic Silver.
UPDATE 4/21: Now available!
Sprint will start selling the Galaxy S8 models on April 21 in stores. Pre-orders are said to go live on March 30th! Pricing will go for $31.25 per month (18 months) for the Galaxy S8, and $35.42 per month (18 months) for the Galaxy S8+. Color options will include Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, and Arctic Silver.
T-Mobile has confirmed that it will sell the two Galaxy S8 models to customers beginning on April 21 as well. Galaxy S8 is to priced as$750, but customers may choose to pay with installments on a monthly basis. The Galaxy S8 will require twenty-four $30 payments. The Galaxy S8+ will go for $850 out the window, which is equivalent to $30 per month. The Galaxy S8 models will release April 21 after being up for pre-order for over three weeks prior (starting March 30th). Color options will include Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, and Arctic Silver.
U.S. Cellular has confirmed that it will carry the upcoming Galaxy models. That’s all we have for now. We’ll update you when we hear more.
SOURCE [U.S. Cellular]
Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will become available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold color options. However, availability for each color model will vary per carrier, region and/or retailer of choice. Storage options will include 64GB only, as per the latest word.
Much unlike the Samsung we know from the past, the company will seemingly offer its new smartphones directly at launch, unlocked. Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones are expected to become available on Samsung’s online marketplace at Samsung.com (or via the ShopSamsung app) shortly. They are not yet listed, but Samsung is collecting names and email addresses to be given the availability status. Pricing is said to start at around $724 for the regular Galaxy S8, and $824 for the larger Galaxy S8+ with full retail with availability coming on April 21st.
Samsung has already clarified which retailers will offer the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones. The list includes, Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart. As far as deals go, all who pre-order either the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ (any carrier or unlocked) will get a free Gear VR with controller and Oculus content4. Together, the two accessories have a $169 value, and will go up for sale on April 21 apart from each other. Samsung is also throwing in Galaxy perks with each purchase.
A limited edition premium bundle will also be up for sale from select retailers, which comprises a 256GB memory card and Bluetooth headphones by AKG Harman ($99 value). Additionally, all consumers who purchase Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ will be eligible for a Platinum Experience Status with Samsung’s new Rewards5 program (*details here). This could give customers an incentive to buy early rather than once the handset makes way to stores. The product links are included below and will be updated as they go live and more become available. For now, check out the remainder of our Unpacked 2017 coverage to help guide in your purchase decision.
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UPDATE: Best Buy has confirmed its availability details for both Galaxy S8 models. Availability in stores will begin May 9th. Those who pre-order will be getting a discounted price of $50 less on the Galaxy S8 and $100 less on the Galaxy S8+. Also included will be the free Gear VR with Controller as well. The units will be unlocked to work on any carrier. Hit the links in brackets shown above to learn more.
UPDATE 4/21: All major U.S. carriers and retailers are now selling the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+! Pre-order units have begun shipping! Samsung has put the unlocked models up for pre-order in the U.S. (available from Samsung, B&H Photo Video and Best Buy). Those who pre-ordered can now claim the free Gear VR with controller at the below link, or pay $99 instead for a full bundle that consists of Gear VR with controller, a pair of AKG headphones and a 256GB microSD card. You’ll need to confirm your purchase with Samsung before getting your freebies! Buyers have till May 14th to claim the free extras!
SOURCE [Samsung Promotions]