[News] The Galaxy S8 (and S8 Plus) are here!

galaxy-s8So 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)
Base Storage 64GB 64GB
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
Battery size 3000mah 3500mah
Wireless charging yes yes
Fast charging yes yes

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
Verizon $720 $840
AT&T $750 $850
T-Mobile $750 $850
Sprint $750 $850
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.

galaxy s8

galaxy s8+

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.

Cheers!

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