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Samsung Galaxy S8 is now available in the U.S.

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The day has come: after a pre-order period that ended yesterday, Samsung’s new flagship phones — the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ — are now available for purchase in four markets: the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and South Korea. 

Samsung said the device would be rolling out to additional markets “in the weeks ahead.”

Samsung’s new phones are available on Samsung’s website with pricing starting at $720 for the S8 and $820 for the S8+. You can also get the phone from all major U.S. carriers: Here are the links for the S8 at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. For the S8+, go here: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and VerizonRead more…

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You can pre-order the Galaxy S8 and get a free Gear VR

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Well, that was fast. One day after Samsung’s big Galaxy S8 reveal, the phone is now available for pre-order at Samsung’s website and all major U.S. carriers. 

We already knew the pricing for both the S8 and the S8+, and there are no surprises here. But why dish out your cash now only to get the device on April 20? Samsung’s got at least one good reason: All customers who pre-order the Galaxy S8 or the S8+ before April 20 get a free Gear VR with the new Controller for free. 

Samsung Gear VR + Controller.

Samsung Gear VR + Controller.

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Additionally, pre-ordering enables you to get AKG’s Y50BT wireless headphones and a 256GB memory card for $99, though that offer is time-limited.  Read more…

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Your next smartphone is not going to be a revolution

 Samsung promised a revolution today. The company opened today’s Unpacked event by contextualizing the history of mobile phones, from the 1980s to today. The conceit was simple: Today’s big announcement marks a step in cell phone evolution akin to the jump from the Zack Morris brick to the flip phone or the clamshell to the smartphone. What it delivered was a phone with fewer bezels. Read More

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Samsung Galaxy S8 will not be launched next month in Barcelona

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Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, will be late — if you compare it to its predecessors, that is. 

The chief of Samsung’s mobile division, Koh Dong-jin, confirmed to Reuters on Monday that the company would not unveil the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which starts Feb. 27. 

Koh did not share any information about a future launch date. 

Although MWC was never officially confirmed as the launch date for the Galaxy S8, many of its predecessors — including the S7, S6 and S5 — were launched at the annual event.  Read more…

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