We had hoped that Samsung would tease something at CES and that didn't happen. We hoped that MWC would set the stage and that didn't happen. Nope, they made a special event all to themselves to announced the Samsung Galaxy S8 and, well, it was worth the wait.

Pretty much everything that was rumored up until this point has held up. The physical home button is gone in favor of a persistent on-screen button. And speaking of the screen, it's kinda huge. They've opted for the "extra tall" approach that seems to be all the rage these days, boasting a resolution of 2960 x 1440, 400 pixels "taller" than the QHD they've been running thus far.

That's not quite ultra wide QHD (which would be 3440 pixels at a 21:9 aspect ratio). It works out to 37:18 if you want it without decimal places or 18.5:9 for ease of comparison. Also for comparison, the LG G6 has a 2880 x 1440 pixel screen, which works out to an 18:9 aspect ratio. One big difference is that the AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ features the signature curve we know from the edge series.

Speaking of the screen, both the Galaxy S8 and the S8+ have the same screen resolution, but they're different sizes. In both cases, they're kinda big. The S8 has a 5.8-inch display and the S8+ runs a 6.2-inch. Other highlights include Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung Experience (RIP TouchWiz), a fingerprint sensor on the back, an iris scanner on the front (like the late Galaxy Note7, face detection to unlock your phone, a Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 9, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, Bixby AI assistant, USB-C, and a 3000/3500mAh battery.

Check out a couple of videos from The Verge, first with their impressions, followed by a 10-minute supercut of the Samsung presentation itself.

And for more of a fun and less of a tech-oriented look at the Galaxy S8+, here's Casey Neistat. Because of course here's Casey Neistat.


Pricing, as you'd imagine, will be determined at the carrier level. Unlocked models will likely start in the US$700+ range. Pre-orders are being taken now with the official launch to follow in late April. Start saving up those Bison Dollars!

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