So the moment we’ve all been waiting for has come – the newest flagships from Samsung have been announced, and are available for pre-order on all carriers as of now. Let’s dive into the nuts and bolts, and then we’ll have a few other resources for you to check out if you are considering making a Galaxy your next mobile device.
To start, let’s talk specs – here’s a little comparison table to start us off:
|Galaxy S8||Galaxy S8 Plus|
|Processor (US model)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Screen Size/Resolution||5.8″ Quad HD (2960×1440)||6.2″ Quad HD (2960×1440)|
|Memory||4GB RAM||4GB RAM|
|SD card support||yes, up to 256GB||yes, up to 256GB|
|Camera (rear)||12MP, f/1.7 w/1.4 micron pixels||12MP, f/1.7 w/1.4 micron pixels|
|Camera (front facing)||8MP, f/1.7 aperture||8MP, f/1.7 aperture|
|Water and dust resistance||yes, IP68||yes, IP68|
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about pricing – here’s another handy chart:
|Carrier full retail price||Galaxy S8||Galaxy S8 Plus|
|Best Buy||“up to $100 savings”||“up to $100 savings”|
|*Best Buy promo good at|
|Verizon, Sprint, AT&T only|
Both Sean P. and I have had a bit of hands on time with the retail units in stores, and will have some more thoughts on a podcast in the next day or two. In the mean time, check out the full specs from GSMArena here. Check out the Verge’s recap of their 6 biggest announcements from the Samsung Unpacked event here. The Verge has a bunch of other coverage (like, a ton) so if you are starving for literally all the news, check that out. Not a reader? Check out this 5 minute (and somewhat loud) video from the chaps over at Droid-Life who got a bit of hands on time at Unpacked as well
Last, but certainly not least, check out these couple quick photos I snapped of both the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus, as compared to my Google Pixel XL. I must say, at first blush, these are some really great looking phones.
Stay tuned for more coverage from Silicon Theory. We have a S8 Plus on order, and a full review is coming as soon as we get it in hand.