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It's here: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ announced

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ model smartphones have launched today. With a range of new services and apps, it's ‘seamless hardware,’ and Infinity Display, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is ready to take the world by storm.

“The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ usher in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world,” says DJ Koh, president of mobile communications business of Samsung.

“The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what’s possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung’s smartphone legacy.”

“We are always trying to bring to market the best innovations that help Kiwis get the most out of their smartphone experience. The screen is what you interact most with on your device, and the Galaxy S8 and S8+’s Infinity Display takes the smartphone screen to the next level,” says Todd Selwyn, head of mobile portfolio for Samsung New Zealand.

“The result is the most immersive screen on a mobile device of this size – something we’ve achieved without needing to increase the devices footprint.”

Samsung have taken a new direction with the design. The Infinity Display with no bezel creates one continuous surface, with absolutely no buttons. According to Samsung, what results is ‘a truly immersive viewing experience without distractions and makes multi-tasking more convenient’. The Galaxy S8 was made with comfort in mind, as it is designed to be used with one hand if necessary. Corning Gorilla Glass on the front and back offers protection for the device.

The S8 range is equipped with a 12 megapixel camera, which offers enhanced image processing. The phones also feature the industry’s first 10nm processor, which should provide a faster phone experience. In terms of security, the S8 range will include technologies such as a fingerprint scanner, iris scanner and facial recognition software.

With the launch comes the release of Bixby, a new interface for navigation via voice, touch and text commands. Bixby is able to provide personalised help based on what it continues to learn about the user’s individual interests and location.

Pre-order for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ beings on April 20, 2017 at 9:00am. Retail sale will become official on May 5 2017 at 9:00am.

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