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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ U.S. pricing, availability, and offers

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are finally official, after months of leaks, speculation, and rumors. The phone seems like more than just another iterative step for good ol' Sammy, what with the shift to softkeys for navigation (finally), the new screen aspect ratio, and so on. But as exciting as all of this is, I am certain that those of you who are interested in either phone will want to know where, when, and for how much you can pick one up. Luckily, we've compiled a nice list for you.

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ hands-on: Betting big on big

The Galaxy S6 was, by all accounts, a truly transformational moment for Samsung's industrial design. After years of building plastic phones constantly lambasted for their "cheapness," Samsung made radical changes in an attempt to completely redefine its smartphone brand. Those changes were generally well received, but it always felt like they stopped short: the software was still slow, bloated, and the battery life surprisingly poor. With the Note5 and S6 edge+ we saw significant refinement of that reinvention "moment," but not until the S7 and S7 edge did Samsung really build the concept I think they set out to with those first metal and glass sandwiches.

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The Galaxy S8's new battery will degrade less quickly than the Galaxy S7's

One statistic you may see cited more rarely about Samsung's new Galaxy S8 is the performance of its battery cell over time. We spoke to Samsung about the new generation of battery found in the S8 and S8+, and they had a pretty impressive statistic to share. Compared to the outgoing Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the S8 and S8+ will lose substantially less of their effective capacity over the same amount of time, at least at the point of two years of typical usage.

Specifically, Samsung says that after two years' worth of charges and discharges, the Galaxy S7 only maintained about 80% of its total effective battery capacity.

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The Galaxy S8 has configurable virtual navigation buttons - and an always-on home key

Samsung's much-awaited switch to virtual navigation keys, falling in line with many other Android phone manufacturers, has me quite pleased. While I understand capacitive keys have their proponents, software keys offer - theoretically - more configurability and a more consistent user experience across devices.

As you might guess, Samsung's first stab at virtual navkeys follows Samsung's typical (read: wrong) order, from left to right: recent apps, home, back. Fortunately, if you're like me and consider Samsung's position on the button ordering argument to be more stubbornness than anything else, you have an option: just switch their order. While the ordering of the keys is not completely customizable, you can make the one switch 95% of people who want this option would be interested in, swapping the position of the recent apps and back key into Google's recommended layout for Android.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is official with a Snapdragon 835, 64GB of storage, and more

It's time. You've seen the leaks, you've read the rampant speculation, and now the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are official. The leaks were very accurate this year. The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch screen and the S8 Plus is 6.2-inches. That sounds big for a phone, but they're surprisingly compact devices thanks to the essentially non-existent bezels.

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[Update: Another pic] More images and European pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus leak

Technology leaks aren't uncommon in the first place, but pre-launch pictures and information regarding Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 plus in particular have been hugely abundant. We've seen press shots, we've seen live pictures and videos; hell, we've even seen leaked documents from other devices confirming some highly-anticipated features. Now, serial leaker @evleaks has spilled some more pictures of the S8 lineup, as well as some pricing details.

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Samsung makes Bixby voice assistant official, coming first to the Galaxy S8

Samsung's S Voice has been limping along for years in the shadow of Google Now (and more recently Assistant). Today is the day Samsung starts to move beyond that with the official unveiling of Bixby. Samsung says this isn't intended to be a better version of data driven assistants (or agents, as Samsung calls them). Instead, Bixby is geared toward making interactions with your device faster and easier.

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Hilariously bad Chinese Galaxy S8 clones are already surfacing

The Galaxy S8 is the most anticipated phone of 2017, and we're just a few weeks away from the official unveiling. Of course, the design has leaked a few times already. That has given shady Chinese firms time to slap together Galaxy S8 clones. They are hilarious.

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Galaxy S8's global release date has reportedly been pushed back to April 28th

There's less than a month remaining until the Galaxy S8's March 29 debut, and most of the phone's details have already been leaked. We've seen press shots, in-the-wild photos, and more. However, one aspect of the launch that's been up in the air is the phone's release date. Famed leaker @evleaks is now claiming that Samsung's next flagship will be released around the world on April 28th.

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Google and Samsung will be rivals more than ever in 2017 (opinion)

While Google and Samsung have long sought to talk up their various partnerships over the years, there is little doubt for me that 2017 will be the year in which the two giants go after one another more aggressively than ever before in their history. Samsung actively presents a threat to Android's diversity, and Google must step in to stem the bleeding of an increasingly unprofitable device ecosystem. Samsung's challenges in wearables, television, and smart home also are a major cause for concern to Google as Samsung increasingly leverages its smartphone dominance.

Samsung and Google have been close collaborators from the days of the original Galaxy S, a phone launched almost seven years ago.

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