Samsung Galaxy S8 and its bigger sibling Galaxy S8+ were unveiled on March 29, but the two are currently available in a handful of markets across the globe, including the home country of South Korea and the U.S.
Now, if you are in South Africa and have been waiting for a time when you can actually get a taste of any of the two Galaxy S8 handsets, the time has come. According to Samsung Mobile South Africa, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be made official in the country over the weekend. The tech giant calls it “Something BIG” and indeed, it is!
The new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are not the usual size you may have been used to when it comes to the Galaxy S series. They are bigger than anything you’ve probably seen before on a Sammy device, with the former shipping with a 5.8-inch curved AMOLED screen while the latter has a 6.2-inch curved AMOLED panel. Both panels have QHD+ resolution, Gorilla Glass protection and an Always On Infinity Display.
Under the hood, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the first to bring you the Snapdragon 835 SoC, but don’t be surprised if your model has an Exynos 8895, which is just as good as the SD835. The base model has 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage, but the Galaxy S8+ takes this to the next level by including a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. So far, we don’t know if this variant will be coming to South Africa – and other African markets.
You’ll for sure love the design of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, especially the fact that the tech giant was able to fit such huge display screens on not-so-big frames. In fact, it is easy to notice some differences between the Galaxy S7 and S8, but the S8+ and S7 Edge are almost the same size. The removal of the physical buttons and subsequent reduction of the bottom and top bezels meant the screen gets more real estate, something that should fit in well with the growing love for huge display screens on smartphones.
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The back camera has a 12MP lens with a large f/1.7 aperture, OIS, PDAF and dual-tone LED flash. You can also record up to 4K videos, but be careful not to blur the lens with your finger when trying to reach the fingerprint sensor that is located beside the camera lens. The front has an 8MP shooter with the same aperture, which is way better than last year’s 5MP lens. For the battery, you get a 3000mAh unit on the Galaxy S8 and a bigger 3500mAh unit on the S8+. Both support fast charging technology via a USB-C port, but you still get a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Software-wise, the Galaxy S8 twins have Android 7.0 Nougat running the show alongside Samsung’s own customizations. The tech giant also debuted its in-house voice assistant dubbed Bixby and even gave it a dedicated button, but you may have to wait a little bit longer before realizing the full potential of the assistant.
For now, the price details have not been confirmed, but you can expect prices ranging between $750 and $850 for the duo. We’ll update you when the details are confirmed.