Samsung S8, S8+ set for global launch, as pre-order begins in Nigeria

Samsung, the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer is set to launch its latest flagship handset, Samsung S8 and Samsung S8+. An advertisement has already been put out in Nigeria inviting phone enthusiasts to pre-order for the wave making gadget.

According to one of the advertisement in a national newspaper, The Nigerian pre-registration exercise which is done in collaboration with MTN, Nigeria’s telecom leader, runs from April 10 to 4th of May, while actual purchase commences from 5th of May. This is coming few days after the global launch which has been slated for 21st April in South Korea and in a number of international markets including the United States.

A lot has been riding on the success of the Galaxy S8. Its last big-ticket flagship phone, the Galaxy Note 7, went down in flames. The company isn’t shying to test the water though. Which is why Samsung sees the Galaxy S8 as the major comeback device in the premium high-end smartphone market.

“The Galaxy S8 is our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what’s possible in safety,” Koh, Dong-Jin President of Samsung’s mobile communications business, said.

And though it’s yet to hit the shelves, the Samsung S8 and S8+ is already a hit. According to a report from The Investor, a market-focused offshoot of South Korean newspaper, The Korea Herald, preorders of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in South Korea have surpassed 1 million units. The report cites data collected from local wireless carriers as of Tuesday, April 18th.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ first became available for preorder on April 7th, which means the phones took just 10 days to reach the milestone. Of note, no previous Samsung smartphone has ever reached 1 million preorders in South Korea.

The Galaxy 8 and S8+ – comes with massive 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch screen sizes. Both have a screen resolution of 2960×1440 and come with curved Super AMOLED screens. Samsung likes to call “Infinity” display due to the increased screen size. The unusual shape of the Galaxy S8’s display is due to its ultra-wide display, which has an aspect ratio of 18:5:9 instead of 16:9.

On the camera front, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature a 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation (OIS). On the front, the devices include an 8-megapixel shooter with f/1.7 aperture and autofocus. One major difference between the Galaxy S8 and S8+ you should know is the battery size. The Galaxy S8 gets a 3,000mAh battery whereas the Galaxy S8+ offers a 3,500mAh battery. Plus, both the phones are IP68 certified.

The physical home button has been removed and replaced with a touch sensitive button underneath the screen. Another change you’ll notice is that the fingerprint scanner is now located on the back of the phones, next to the camera module. Both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ also come with something called Bixby, the built-in AI-based voice assistant.



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