The Samsung Galaxy S8 has finally been launched , though there are no surprises here because much of it is already known to us. So there indeed are two variants of the flagship on offer – S8 and S8 Plus, pre-orders for which are currently being accepted. The US pricing too has been revealed while deliveries start April 20.

Prices are lowest at Verizon with the S8 and S8 Plus priced at $720 and $840 respectively when paid in full. Monthly installments come at $30 for 24 months while the same for the larger S8 Plus stands at $35 for the same period.

Those who pre-order are entitled to either the Gear VR with Controller and Oculus content pack or $99 ‘Experience Box’ including Gear VR and Controller, Harman Kardon headphones, and a 256 GB microSD card.

AT&T too is offering the S8/S8 Plus though at a slightly higher $750 and $850 respectively. Then there are easy monthly installment plans as well that entail payment of $25 or $28.34 for the S8 and S8 Plus respectively for 30 months.

Then there is the AT&T Next Every Year offer as well that asks for a monthly payment of $31.25 and $35.42 respectively for the S8 and S8 Plus. Both plans have a tenure of 24 months. There also is the offer of free Gear VR with Controller and Oculus content pack that applies to all pre-order customers.

T-Mobile is also offering both the S8 and S8 Plus for $750 and $850 respectively. Monthly plans include $30 to be paid for a 24 month period but also require a $30 down payment. And if you do not wish to pay anything upfront, monthly installment goes up slightly to $33, to be paid for 24 months.

Similarly, the S8 Plus can be availed of by making a $130 down payment followed by $30 to be paid monthly over a 24 month period. Unfortunately, T-Mobile is not offering any Jump! On Demand plan for the S8 Plus, which means the initial $130 down payment is mandatory if you are eyeing the bigger S8.

Also, all pre-order customers are entitled to the free Gear VR with Controller and Oculus game pack.

Sprint too is offering both the S8 and S8 Plus for the same $750 and $850 one-time payment. Or the price is a slightly easier $31.25 and $35.42 for the S8 and S8 Plus respectively on 18-month lease. Similar to other carriers, pre-order customers have the option of either a free Gear VR with Controller and Oculus content pack, or the $99 ‘Experience Box’ with Gear VR and Controller, Harman Kardon headphones, and 256 GB microSD card.

As for the devices themselves, pretty much all that we have known of the S8/S8 Plus via leaks and rumors stands confirmed post the official launch. Both the models have SD 835 chips at their core (Exynos for models sold elsewhere in the world) that work in sync with a 4 GB RAM along with 64 GB of native storage.

The S8 series also are the first from Samsung to come with USB-C port though there also is a 3.5 mm port as well. A 3000 mAh battery powers the S8 while the S8 Plus benefits from a 3500 mAh unit. Both run the latest Android 7.0 Nougat.

Security comes in the form of an iris scanner though there also is a fingerprint sensor that is placed at the rear, beside the rear camera. Speaking of the camera, much of it has been carried over from the S7, which means a 12MP dual pixel setup at the rear and an 8MP front unit.

The front is dominated by that gorgeous display which this time is all of the 5.8-inch on the S8 and an even bigger 6.2-inch on the S8 Plus. That said, none of the devices feels too awkward to hold as the device dimensions haven’t grown as much as the display has.

Bezels are technically non-existent along the sides thanks to the edge display while those along the top and bottom are a bare minimum. In fact, there isn’t place for the home button as well with just a pressure sensitive zone serving the purpose.

Overall, the S8 duo can well be the dream phone for most out there and can be more than enough to forgive all that you rued with the Note 7. The worldwide availability, including UK, will start from April 28, though the pricing is not revealed at the moment.


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