This morning Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. introduced the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus at a special event in New York City. The smartphones are now available for pre-order and will be officially launched on April 21, 2017.
"The Samsung Galaxy S8 ushers in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world," said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business of Samsung Electronics. "The Galaxy S8 is our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what's possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung's smartphone legacy."
Both devices are similar, with the key difference being in size and weight. The screens are identical and both are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. To make space for the new "Infinity Display", the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the right of the rear-facing camera
Both devices come in colour options of Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, and Maple Gold. Midnight Black and Orchid Gray are confirmed to be available to Canadians. Although we might not get to pick from all of the colour options, Canadians and US users will be among the first to try out Qualcomm's new 10nm Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Some Canadian carriers will also be including a new Gear VR headset with pre-order shipments. All S8 orders will also include a pair of AKG headphones (which Samsung values at $99 USD) in the box as even more of an incentive.
Boundaries Removed - The Infinity Display has an incredible end-to-end screen that spills over the phone’s sides, forming a completely smooth and continuous surface. It’s pure, pristine, uninterrupted glass. And it takes up the entire front of the phone, flowing seamlessly into the aluminum shell. The result is a beautifully curved, perfectly symmetrical, singular design.
A built in Camera for Every Moment - Capture life as it happens with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ cameras. The 12MP rear camera and the 8MP front camera are so accurate and fast that you won't miss a moment, day or night.
Enhanced Security - Experience augmented security with iris scanning on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. With iris scanning, your phone and its contents open to your eyes only. And when you need to unlock really fast, face recognition is a handy option.
Faster, Even in Rain - You never really stop using your phone. That's why Galaxy S8 and S8+ are driven by the world's first 10nm processor. It's fast and powerful with increased battery efficiency and the ability to expand storage. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are protected with an IP68 rating against water and dust.
Say Hello to Bixby - Bixby completely changes the way you interact with your phone. Experience your own personal assistant, a new intelligent interface that can complete a task in an instant. It's not confined to any one mode of communication and completely changes the way you search. You don't even have to ask, just show Bixby what you want by opening your camera app. It's incredibly easy.
About Samsung Electronics Canada Inc: Samsung Electronics Canada inspires Canadians to reach their full potential through a transformative ecosystem of products and services that deliver innovation and distinct design to every aspect of their connected lives. The company is making incredible innovations in TVs, smartphones, virtual reality and wearable devices, tablets and digital appliances. In 2016, Samsung was ranked in the top 10 most reputable brands in Canada, based on a study by Leger. Dedicated to helping make a difference in the lives of Canadians, Samsung's award-winning Hope for Children corporate giving initiatives supports public education, sustainability and health-related issues in communities across the country. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.