When you’re ready to upgrade to the latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S8 can help you do it cheaper than you think – without breaking the bank
Samsung has announced a new smartphone which promises to be cheaper than the iPhone 7 Plus and 7, but also offers better camera performance.
The Galaxy S7 will be priced at £699 (AU$1,299) with a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD screen and 16GB of RAM, and it comes with an extra battery and an extra microSD card slot.
The phone’s camera is rated to take a 12MP sensor with a f/2.0 aperture, while its front-facing camera has a f2.2 aperture and can record 1080p video at a rate of 30fps.
It has a 3,000mAh battery, which should last a week or two of continuous use.
Samsung says it’s designed the phone to work with Samsung Pay and Android Pay, but it’s not clear how much of the price will be down to the devices operating systems or to the software.
“There are more features on the S8 than the S7, and we can also offer a lot more features for more money,” the company wrote on its website.
“With the Galaxy S9, we’ve made a new feature which makes it so you can buy a smartphone from a carrier, for example, or a SIM card from another carrier.
This allows you to make payments on all the phones you already own, with just a tap of the home button.”
The S8 will also come with an in-built speaker which is capable of outputting a wide range of sounds, including those from the Galaxy Note 7, the Note 8, the S9 and the Galaxy 10.
The S7 also comes with a new fingerprint sensor, which is larger and faster than the one on the Galaxy Nexus.
Samsung has also promised to deliver a phone with an edge-to-edge display, a new processor with a quad-core, two-core and a quad of a quadcore processor, and improved battery life.
“Samsung has made sure there’s more to the S series than just a smartphone,” said James Anderson, vice president of Samsung UK.
“It’s a smart phone, it’s a computer, it is the next big thing in computing, so it has a big future ahead of it.”
The Galaxy Note 8 has a 5-inch display, but the Samsung S8 is the first Samsung phone to feature a larger display.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Samsung Note 10 have a 5 and 6.9-inch screens respectively, but there’s no indication at this stage how much the S Series 8 will be bigger.
The company says that there’s also a new “S” edition of the Galaxy phones, but that the S6 is not going to be released in the UK, nor will the S5 be sold in the US.
The new phones are expected to launch in the second half of next year.
Samsung will also launch a range of accessories for the Galaxy Series 8, including an HDMI-out USB cable, a charger, and an IP68 water and dust-proofing product.
The Note 9 is expected to come in two models, the 5.5-inch model and the 6.1-inch S8.
“We’re not ready to make a final announcement on when the S-series 8 will come to the UK,” the firm said.
“However, we will be announcing new details about the SSeries 8 in the coming weeks.”
The company has been criticised in the past for not offering enough discounts for its products, and a lot of the new Galaxy phones will cost you £200 (about $249) if you’re looking for the S10.
Samsung is also planning to offer a £50 (about US$79) handset that it says has an “unlimited number of functions” but has no internet access or 4G support.
It will also be launching a $100 (£62) handset, which has an IP67 water- and dustproofing coating, and has Bluetooth, NFC and 3G support, but no internet connectivity.
It also has a new 5.3-inch, 1440p AMOLED display, and Samsung’s first smartphone with dual cameras.
The device will be available in October, priced at $1,799 (about £1,499) for the 5- and 6-inch models, and $2,099 (£2,299).
The Samsung Note 9 will also have a 1080p display.
It comes with 2GB of memory, 64GB of storage, an 8MP front-facing camera, and the ability to switch between the two cameras at will.
It’s a 5MP camera, too, and will record 1080P video at 30fps, and is rated for 6 hours of continuous video playback.
The smartphone has a 13MP sensor, and can also record video at up to 1.7MP resolution,