(Updated) Samsung have revealed a special Pirates of the Caribbean edition Galaxy S8.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now officially on sale in many markets across the world.

Release Date (Updated 30/03/2017)

Both devices have been revealed. They are now available for pre-order and will go on sale on April 21st.

Operating System  (Updated 30/03/2017)

Both devices are running Android 7.0 Nougat.

Design  (Updated 05/06/2017)

The devices have been revealed and come with a very modern design. The bezels are very minimal and the screen covers most of the front of the device. Samsung have even moved their company name to the back of the smartphones to create more space for the display. The physical buttons at the bottom are also gone and have been replaced with pressure-sensitive on-screen buttons.

The handsets are available in five different colours; midnight black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold.

Samsung will also soon be introducing three new colour options to the existing list. These are Ice Lake Blue, Smoked Purple Grey, and Quicksand Gold. However, it has been reported that the S8+ will only receive the latter two colours.

Fans of the Galaxy smartphones with a bigger spending budget can get their hands on a Galaxy S8 and S8+ with real gold. Truly Exquisite are offering the Samsung Galaxy S8 with 24K gold bezels for £2,250, 18K rose gold bezels for £2,300, and in with platinum bezels for £2,350 (not including VAT). Their bigger S8+ counterparts are all £100 more expensive. As well as the phone itself, the price includes a 24K gold portable power bank, leather card holder, a wireless charging dock and Samsung's Gear VR.

The South Korean technology giant has revealed a special Pirates of the Caribbean edition Galaxy S8. The smartphone is available in China for the equivalent of $880/£682/€783. The special variant arrives in a box which looks like a treasure chest. Inside is a Galaxy S8 smartphone with a custom Pirates of the Caribbean OS theme, a custom case, and a faux gold ring fob.

Screen and Cameras (Updated 30/03/2017)

The Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8 inch screen, while the S8+ has a bigger 6.2 inch display. Both of the devices have a 1440x2960 resolution, protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

The phones come with an 8MP front camera and a 12MP rear shooter. Both cameras have an f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation.

Specification and Features (Updated 04/04/2017)

The S8 and S8+ are the first smartphones to come with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors (note: the phone may run on the Exynos 8895 CPU, depending on country). They're paired with 64GB of storage space and 4GB of RAM. Some reports suggest that the device may be upgraded to 6GB of RAM in China and South Korea. The S8 is powered by a 3000mAh battery, while the S8+ has been given a larger 3500mAh battery.

The phones do feature 3.5mm headphone jacks despite lots of rumours stating that they won't. By now, the fingerprint sensor is more of an expectation than a revolutionary feature on high-end devices; however, Samsung have also added iris scanning technology to their new flagships. Once again, the S series phones are IP68 certified, meaning that they can withstand water for 30 minutes when submerged no more than 1.5m deep. The S8 and S8+ are now also capable of providing gigabit internet speeds on both LTE and Wi-Fi.

Microsoft have announced that they will also sell a "Microsoft Edition" of the S8 and S8+. These devices will be available in Microsoft retail stores and will ship with pre-installed versions of Office applications.

Price  (Updated 30/03/2017)

Samsung has listed the devices on their website. The S8 is available for £689 (equivalent to $862/€802) and the S8+ costs £779 (equivalent to $975/€907).

Check out how the Galaxy S8 will fare against other competitors on the market in our new developer portal!

 

(article originally written 06/07/2016, last updated 05/06/2017)

Last modified on Monday, 05 June 2017
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Sebastian Marcinkiewicz

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