It’s so close we can almost taste it now, Samsung fans — the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ event you’ve been waiting for is about to begin. Expectations couldn’t be higher ahead of Samsung’s first big “Unpacked” press conference of 2017, but we also know to a certainty that Samsung isn’t going to disappoint. How to we know? Because nearly every single detail surrounding the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship phones has already leaked over the past couple of months. We know what the phones look like, we know practically every single new feature they’ll include, and we know when they’ll be released (give or take a week). As sleek as Samsung’s new smartphones are, however, we’re still excited to see them unveiled on stage on Wednesday.
Samsung’s big Galaxy S8 event is set to begin shortly, and you can watch live streaming video from the show right here in this post.
If you read our big Galaxy S8 preview on Tuesday, then you know exactly what to expect from Samsung’s Unpacked event this morning. In a nutshell, we’re looking at two new bleeding-edge Nougat phones with a bold new design. Samsung took its signature curved display and made it even more stunning by shrinking down the bezels above and below the screen. The result is a look that is, quite frankly, the sleekest smartphone design we’ve ever seen.
Of course, Samsung’s new phones will also be class leaders when it comes to performance. In the US, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are expected to be the first smartphones to be powered by Qualcomm’s new 10nm octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor. Elsewhere, Samsung’s own 10nm octa-core Exynos 8895 chipset will run the show.
Other spec highlights reportedly include a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel rear camera, a new 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 64GB of storage, microSDXC support, 4GB of RAM, an iris scanner, a 3,000 mAh battery in the S8, and a 3,500 mAh battery in the larger S8+.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 event is scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM EDT / 8:00 AM PDT, and you can watch live streaming video from the show right here: