Rounding off a week of local phone launches, Samsung last night unveiled its new flagship Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones to media in Dubai.
Originally announced at an event in New York last month, the Korean electronics manufacturer confirmed a UAE release date of 28 April, while those who have preordered the devices can expect them to start shipping as early as next week.
As we noted in our hands-on review, the phone truly is a stunner: a nearly bezel-less, all-glass display, running Samsung’s latest Exynos 8895 octa-core processor and boasting a new AI assistant dubbed Bixby. The only difference separating the two handsets is screen size (the S8 has a 5.8in panel that still manages to sit comfortably in your hand, while the S8+ sports a larger 6.2in display) and battery life (3000mAh on the S8 and 3500mAh on the S8+).
Other highlights from the launch included confirmation that Samsung Pay, the company’s mobile payment service will indeed be launching in the UAE, although details on how and when are only due to be released “later this month”.
The demo area at the launch also showcased Dex, a dock for the Galaxy S8 that allows users to connect the phone to a monitor, keyboard and mouse for use as a makeshift desktop PC. You can see from the video above how seamless and well-integrated this functionality was, suffice to say we walked away suitably impressed.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ both go on sale in the UAE on 28 April for US$760 and US$840 respectively.