Pricing, preorders announced for for new Samsung Galaxy S8

After rounds of speculations and leaks, the South Korean smartphone makers finally unveiled their new flagship smartphone on Wednesday. While it is a cool feature, and can be used to check notifications when your phone is lying flat on a surface, it doesn't serve much of a goal yet as the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back. While the Galaxy S7 actually features the larger battery, it's only marginally so; there's basically no difference. Like the phones seen in the recent rumors and leaks, the Galaxy S8 has a screen that covers most of the front.

The new device is the first new smartphone to be released by Samsung since it recalled all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last September following reports of exploding batteries.

Update: Microsoft confirmed details about the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition to Engadget This post has been updated to reflect that information which includes the statement below. But given the quality and power of this Device, we would have hoped for a small revolution on the photo side.

Samsung says Bixby will let users control compatible apps via voice only.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display while the S8+ comes with 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display which Samsung is calling the Infinity Display.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 8 series are definitely the most anticipated devices of the year. However, these apps were absent on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, and now we know why.

Instead, greater emphasis is placed on the facial recognition and iris scanner, which users can use to unlock their Galaxy S8 phones. Samsung had also announced earlier that the Exynos 8895 is also capable of hitting gigabit speeds. The curved edges also provide a classy look to the phone with noticeably reduced bezels and no physical buttons.

Pricing starts at $750 for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus is $100 more expensive.

The S8 was one of several new technologies unvieled by Samsung.

Unluckily, the buyers who palace pre-orders of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus won't be able to take benefit of the pre-order promotion which gets them the Samsung Gear VR and motion controller free of charge.

The Gear 360 virtual reality camera will now accommodate the higher 4K resolution and will now work with iPhones.