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Samsung launches Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, updates and details

Samsung has just launched their new flagships Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in a live event in New York. Both the new flagships come with upgraded hardware and specifications. We now have even bigger displays, a fingerprint scanner on the rear side and the new on-screen buttons on the front panel. The devices however come with the same 4GB of RAM and the batteries of the new flagships Duo are just a big disappointment this time with a 3000mAh for the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 3500mAh for the phablet Galaxy S8 Plus having a 6.2-inch QHD+ giant display which are not looking enough for such devices. Anyhow, we now have a new addition of the Bixby Virtual Assistant which is similar to ‘Siri’ for iPhones.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus prices

Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will be offered in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver and Maple Gold colour options. The pre-orders of the devices will start tomorrow and the sale of both will start next month on April 21. The Galaxy S8 will be available priced at $750 while the Galaxy S8+ will be available for $850. New AKG headphones by Harman will be available for sale separately for $99. At TENAA we spotted a 6GB RAM option for both but the Korean giant hasn’t announced that at the event. The 6GB RAM variant is expected to be available in China starting next month.

Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8

Galaxy S8 Specs

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with 1440×2960 pixels resolution, 570ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The new Galaxy S8 will be powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 GPU or octa-core Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 processor with Mali-G71 MP20 GPU. It comes with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and comes with 64GB inbuilt storage and MicroSD card expandable storage with up to 256GB storage. It runs on the Android 7.0 (Nougat) OS out of the box and will support dual-SIM.

It features a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture and an 8-megapixel auto focus front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture. It is backed up by a 3000mAh battery and comes with wireless charging and fast charging support. It comes with connectivity options like 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), GPS with GLONASS, USB 2.0, MST and NFC. It measures 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm and weighs 155 grams.

The Galaxy S8 comes with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. It comes with several sensors including an Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor and Pressure Sensor. The Galaxy S8 Plus comes with similar specifications but with some differences.

Galaxy S8 Plus Specs

The Galaxy S8+ features a phablet category 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with 2960 × 1440 pixels resolution, 529ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 GPU or octa-core Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 processor with Mali-G71 MP20 GPU. It comes with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and comes with 64GB inbuilt storage and MicroSD card expandable storage with up to 256GB storage. It runs on the Android 7.0 (Nougat) OS out of the box and will support dual-SIM.

Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

It features a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture and an 8-megapixel auto focus front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture. It is backed up by a 3500mAh battery and also supports wireless charging and fast charging. It comes with connectivity options like 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), GPS with GLONASS, USB 2.0 and NFC. It measures 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm and weighs 173 grams. The Galaxy S8 Plus also comes with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance and has similar sensors to the GS8.

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus leaks and rumours

The Geekbench listing confirms that the device will have the model number SM-G955U and will run out of the box on the Android 7.0 Nougat OS. It will be powered by the 1.90 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835 (msm8998) processor and will have 4GB of RAM. It scored 1929 points in the single-core test while it scored 6084 points in the multi-core test at Geekbench.

Samsung Galaxy S8 SM-G950U Geekbench
Samsung Galaxy S8 SM-G950U Geekbench

Geekbench lists the Galaxy S8 with Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box and comes powered by a 1.90 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835 (MSM8998) SoC. It comes with 4GB of RAM with no other specifications of the device listed. It scored 1928 points in the single-core test and 5761 points in its multi-core test.

Galaxy S8 SM-G9500 AnTuTu
Galaxy S8 SM-G9500 AnTuTu

The Galaxy S8 with model number SM-G9500 is listed at AnTuTu with a full HD display having 1080×1920 pixels resolution and is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor with the Adreno 540 GPU. It comes with 4GB of RAM and comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage capacity.

Galaxy S8 Plus SM-G955U AnTuTu
Galaxy S8 Plus SM-G955U AnTuTu

It runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box and it comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. No other details are listed in the benchmark for this model. The second model number SM-G950F comes with the same specs as the Sm-G9500, with only a single difference of an Exynos 8895 processor having Mali-G71 GPU.

Galaxy S8 SM-G950F AnTuTu
Galaxy S8 SM-G950F AnTuTu

The Galaxy S8 Plus with model number SM-G955F is listed at AnTuTu with a full-HD display having 1080 x 2220 pixel resolution and is powered by an Exynos 8895 processor with Mali-G71 GPU. It again comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage capacity. It runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box and features a 12-megapixel rear LED flash camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Galaxy S8 Plus SM-G955F AnTuTu
Galaxy S8 Plus SM-G955F AnTuTu

No other details are available in the benchmark database. The second Galaxy S8 Plus model number SM-G955U has the same specifications as the SM-G955F but has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU instead of an Exynos processor.

Galaxy S8 SM-950U FCC
Galaxy S8 SM-950U FCC

Both devices have also been approved by the FCC recently. FCC documents however don’t have much information about both devices apart from the connectivity options and dimensions of the phones. The FCC documents also reveal multiple model numbers for both devices that may be used for different regions at the time of the launch of these devices.

Galaxy S8 Plus SM-955U FCC
Galaxy S8 Plus SM-955U FCC

The FCC documents for the Samsung Galaxy S8 come with model numbers SM-G950U, SM-G950U1 and SM-G950W. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus FCC documents confirm the SM-G955U, SM-G955U1 and SM-G955W model numbers for the device. Both will come with 4G LTE, Bluetooth, ANT+, WiFi, GPS and wireless charging support as well. No other details about both devices are currently available in the FCC documents. Evan Blass, recently confirmed that the new Galaxy flagships will be released on April 29 instead of April 21. The company is rumoured to be testing a new feature for the flagships called facial recognition.

Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus front leaked render
Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus front leaked render

The Galaxy S8 with model number SM-G9500 and Galaxy S8 Plus with model number SM-G9550 were listed at TENAA without images but with almost all of the specifications. @evleaks also shared some HD renders from the devices that show the device with a glass back and a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel of the device. The leakster also confirms two colour options Black Sky and Orchid Grey colour for the devices. Both devices come with a curved design on both rear and front panels with a metal frame and the devices come with narrow bezels.

A press render was also leaked by the leakster @evleaks via his Twitter account post. It has an iris scanner on the front along with a 5.8-inch display. The device comes with a curved glass display with narrow bezels and the volume buttons along with the power button are present on the left.

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