Samsung’s latest smartphones make a stunning couple. Rocking an Infinity Display, the front of the phone appears bezel-less on the sides. Both upper and lower bezels significantly shaved down thanks to the fingerprint sensor being moved to the back, making a whopping 83% of the phone pure AMOLED bliss to look at.
There’s a 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel camera on the back while the front is an improved 8MP affair. The camera app also comes with fun animated filters to plaster all over your selfies, just the way millennials like it.
Speaking of software, have you met Bixby? Press and hold the dedicated button to summon the new smart assistant. Not only will it carry out the usual voice commands, it can also identify objects via the camera, shop for similar items and learn your behaviour to cater to your needs better.
Running TouchWiz based on Android 7.0, the phone will also come with neat new biometric features like using facial recognition to unlock your phone and using Samsung Pay with the iris scanner. You can also track your health better with the improved Samsung Health app. Got a home stuffed to the rafters with smart products? The new Samsung Connect app will help you rule them all with your phone.
Under the hood lies Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos chipset, built on a 10nm process for more power and better efficiency and 4GB RAM. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ share identical specs except for physical and battery size. The Galaxy S8 measures in at 5.8in with a 3000mAh battery while the Galaxy S8+ rings in at 6.2in with a 3500mAh battery. Rated IP68 water and dust resistant, they both come in only one flavour of 64GB with the microSD slot supporting up to 256GB more room.
Both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are coming to Singapore on 29 April in Maple Gold, Midnight Black and Orchid Grey in 64GB. The S8 will cost S$1148 while the S8+ will be S$1298.
Pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available starting 12pm on Friday, 7 April. You can also pre-order from your telco of choice: M1, Singtel or StarHub. Or head down to any Samsung Experience Store during opening hours if you're getting the phone without contract. Too busy? You can also do it online at Samsung or major consumer electronics stores like Best Denki, Harvey Norman, and Lazada.
Pre-orders will also be available when the Samsung Galaxy Studio opens on 11am, 14 April at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City. To pre-order, you just need to place a S$50 deposit and choose where to pick up your spanking new S8/S8+ (Galaxy Studio or nearest Samsung Experience Store).
The perks that come with pre-ordering are that you will get a free wireless charger worth S$118 during collection and upon full payment from 22 April. If you're pre-ordering direct from Samsung without contract, you will also receive a S$100 Samsung accessories voucher to treat your new phone to. If you make your order at Lazada, you will also be entitled to the same. Terms and conditions do apply so read the fine print to be clear about what you can use that voucher for.
Starhub is the first to annouce its price plans for the S8 and S8+. Prices start from S$129 for the S8 and S$279 for the S8+. Both only come in 64GB for the 4G 6 plan that will give you 6GB data and 700 minutes of talktime at S$102.90 a month. For the 4G 4 plan that comes with 4GB data and 350 minutes of talktime, the S8 will cost S$399 and the S8+ will cost S$549.
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Calling all M1 customers, the Max plan at S$102/mth will get you the S8 for S$98, and the S8+ for S$248. It also comes with 800 minutes of talktime and 7GB of data. If that’s not enough for your Internet-addicted ways, M1’s data upsize option lets you add on 6GB of data at an additional S$5.90/mth.
To put things in perspective, that’s S$107.90/mth for a whopping 13GB of data so you can surf to your heart’s content. Data upsize is also available for M1’s cheaper plans and you can add-on anywhere from 2GB to 18GB of data.
If you’re planning to recontract with Singtel, the most expensive S$239.90/mth Combo 12 plan will get you the S8 for free, and the S8+ for S$98. This also gives you unlimited talktime per month and a solid 12GB of data. But if you’d prefer a cheaper plan, the Combo 3 plan at S$62.90/mth gives you 300 minutes of talktime and 3GB of data per month, with the S8 costing S$398, and the S8+, S$548.
Gear for your Galaxy phone
There's a new Gear 360 (S$348) in town. This second-gen 360 camera now shoots in 4K and also allows you to livestream your video to your favourite social media platforms. It also works with more smartphones than ever, including the mid-range A5 and A7, and more importantly, also iOS devices like the iPhone SE, 6s and up.
Gear VR (S$188) comes in a new shade of Orchid Gray to match your new S8. It also comes with a controller, reminiscent of Google Daydream's, to make all that zombie shooting more realistic and VR immersion more interactive.
To make the most of your new superphone, there's an all new DeX Station (S$198) for you to work from. It's a docking station that you can hook up to a monitor, keyboard and mouse to transform your S8 into a desktop experience.
What's the point of hoarding all your amazing shots in your phone? Turn them into physical mementos with the Mobile Photo Printer (S$198).
These cool accessories will arrive at telcos, your usual electronics stores, and Samsung Experience Stores on 29 April, just in time for your shiny new Samsung. You're going to have to wait till Q3 for the Mobile Photo Printer though.