Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ is Samsung's biggest and best smartphone to date.
When does the Samsung Galaxy S8+ come out? Australian availability 21 April 2017
What’s new about the Samsung Galaxy S8+? Snapdragon 835, curved 6.2 inch Super AMOLED display, Iris scanner
How much will the Samsung Galaxy S8+ cost? $1349 outright or on contract.
In the mobile phone space, there are essentially two brands that jostle for supremacy, and then there’s everyone else. If you’re in the iOS camp you’re stuck with Apple, but in the Android space, Samsung sees off wave after wave of competitor devices with a strategy of multiple Samsung Galaxy phone releases over the course of the year. Typically that’s been highlighted by Galaxy S phones at Mobile World Congress and Galaxy Note phones launched at IFA.
2016 followed that recipe with the superb Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phones at the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But then came the Galaxy Note 7 handset, and its attendant fire risk and large scale recall.
That puts Samsung in a particularly difficult position, as the Android market is particularly competitive with devices such as the LG G6, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Huawei P10 amongst others vying for the premium buyer’s dollar. The headline act of its 2017 mobile strategy will be the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+
Samsung Galaxy S8+: What is it?
In previous years Samsung has offered up two Galaxy S models, with the larger screened model typically having a curved display and an "Edge" suffix. For 2017, however, the Galaxy Edge branding is out, replaced with a simple plus sign for the larger phone. Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S8+ at an event on 29 March in New York, but even prior to that event, a plethora of leaks revealed a great deal about Samsung’s new phone.
Samsung copied the model used for previous generations of Samsung Galaxy S phones by offering largely the same internal components across both the smaller and larger phones. What that means for the Galaxy S8+ is that it will be delivered in two primary variants depending on the underlying processor. Samsung has secured an early exclusive on the Snapdragon 835 processor for the Galaxy S8+, but it will also deliver a model based on its own Exynos 8995 CPU. That’s the model most likely to launch in Australia, so if you want the Snapdragon variant you’ll have to import one.
While the larger display variant in previous years has sported a curved edge display, in 2017 both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will feature curved edge screens with minimal bezels. The Galaxy S8+ will feature a 6.2 inch 1,440 x 2,960 Super Amoled Display. Samsung’s curved displays are visually quite stunning, but it has struggled in coming up with software that really makes the most of that extra screen real estate. As such in practical terms you may find many apps treat the Galaxy S8+ as more of a 6.0-6.1 inch phone.
Most premium phones are released in multiple colours, and the Galaxy S8+ is expected to follow that trend. It's expected that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S8+ in silver, gold, black, matte black, blue, orchid, and pink colours. In Australia we will officially see the Galaxy S8+ in Midnight Black, Orchid Grey and Maple Gold colours.
One area where Samsung has flagged it intends to compete is in the personal assistant space. The Galaxy S8+ will ship with "Bixby", a voice activated assistant that Samsung claims will be able to parse incomplete instructions as well as perform all app functions from any Bixby-enabled app, as opposed to just a subset of those features as you'd find with traditional voice apps.
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is also compatible with Samsung’s Gear VR headset line. Samsung announced a new refresh of the Gear VR at Mobile World Congress, and this is the model that the Galaxy S8+ will be compatible with. Samsung’s Gear VR competes in a busy space with mobile competitors such as Google’s Daydream VR, Sony’s PlayStation VR, the Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive.
Alongside the new Gear VR, Samsung will also launch a desktop dock known as DeX that will add a "desktop experience" to the S8+ bag of tricks. The dock will charge and cool the phone, as well as allowing for USB, ethernet and HDMI connectivity.
Instead, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ features a rear mounted 12MP camera and front mounted 8MP camera. Pure megapixel numbers aren’t everything in the phone race, but with models such as the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ Premium offering an impressive 960fps slow motion feature, Samsung will have its work cut out for it simply keeping up with the competition.
Samsung Galaxy S8+: Australian release date
Samsung Australia will formally release the Galaxy S8+ in Australia on 28 April 2017, although early pre-orders will ship for outright and contract customers from 21 April 2017.
Samsung Galaxy S8+: Price
The outright purchase price of the Galaxy S8+ in Australia will be $1349. It will also be sold through carriers on 24 month contract terms, including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile and Woolworths Mobile.
Samsung Galaxy S8+: Specifications
|OS||Android 7.0 ("Nougat")|
|Screen size||6.2 inches|
|Resolution||2960×1440 Super AMOLED|
|Processor||Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895|