Preorders for the S8 and S8 Plus will open on Thursday, and shipping begins April 21. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be released by the fourth quarter but observers say the wait is well worth it with expected specs set to impress starting with the 6.4-inch Super AMOLED dual-edge display.
The S8's design features and new and improved cameras should be enough to entice consumers to go see it in a store and then potentially make a purchase, Blanchard said. Microsoft is also throwing in Cortana in the mix as well, which means owners will be able to select Microsoft's digital personal assistant right out of the box.
The Galaxy S8, which will come in two versions, was launched at a media event in NY on Wednesday, with 6.2-inch and 5.8-inch curved screens, Reuters noted. On the software side, users can now clip specific apps to the top of the screen so that, for instance, they can compose emails while reading a web page. It also has new Iris-scanning and facial-recognition features that, by first impressions, are said to be very fast and just works. The phone will add upgraded front and rear cameras, and continue to include wireless charging. The DeX Station converts your phone into a giant computer screen. The camera app will include built-in Snapchat-like stickers that can be placed over images.
Samsung halted sales of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in October after a failed recall attempt, costing it about $5.5 billion in profit along with a blow to its reputation. But there is no increase in battery capacity, providing the battery more breathing room. "In addition, the Galaxy S8 provides users with multiple options to unlock their phones through both biometric security options, and convenient options such as swipe and facial recognition", the company told Ars Technica. The company hasn't announced prices and release dates for the other accessories.