The mighty Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship series is finally official and the smartphones are ready for preorder, boasting a slew of cool specs and features.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are the latest and greatest smartphone powerhouses from Samsung and they don't come cheap, but all that oomph seems well worth the investment.
"The Samsung Galaxy S8 ushers in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world," says DJ Koh, the president of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business. "The Galaxy S8 is our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what's possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung's smartphone legacy."
Both smartphones went up for preorder at midnight on March 30 at all major carriers in the United States, as well as Best Buy. Preorder customers will start receiving their carrier-locked handsets on April 21, when the carrier versions officially hit retail. Unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ units, however, will not hit the scene until May 9.
Prices start at $720 for the Galaxy S8 and $840 for the Galaxy S8+ at all major carriers. As always, each carrier has its own pricing, deals, and promos for the smartphones, so here's what you get from each of them.
Verizon Samsung Galaxy S8 Prices And Offers
Verizon started taking preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S8 series at 12:01 a.m. ET on March 30, with both smartphones set to go on sale online and in physical Verizon retail stores on April 21.
Verizon is also throwing in a free Samsung Gear VR with Controller to sweeten the deal. Alternately, Galaxy S8 or S8+ preorder customers can choose an "Experience Box" priced at $99, which contains a Gear VR with Controller, a 256 GB microSD memory card, and Harman Kardon headphones.
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S8 Prices And Offers
Customers can also choose AT&T Next Every Year to get the Galaxy S8 at $31.25 per month and the Galaxy S8+ at $35.42 per month for 24 months with eligible service.
Business customers, meanwhile, can get the devices on Enterprise Installment Plans with costs spread over either 24 or 36 months.
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8 Prices And Offers
The Uncarrier is offering the Samsung Galaxy S8 for a $30 down payment followed by $30 per month for 24 months ($750 retail price) on the T-Mobile Equipment Installment Plan. The company is also offering the Galaxy S8 on the JUMP! On Demand for $0 down and $33 per month.
The Galaxy S8+ requires a hefty $130 down and $30 per month for 24 months ($850 retail price) on Equipment Installment Plan. JUMP! On Demand customers can get it for the same $130 down payment and $30 per month.
T-Mobile is also throwing in a free Gear VR with Controller and free Oculus Bonus Content with each Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ preorder. Customers can also get premium AKG headphones and a 256 GB memory card for a promotional price of $99.
Sprint Samsung Galaxy S8 Prices And Offers
Sprint is offering the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ starting at $750 and $850, respectively, but it also has 18-month leasing deals in place. The Galaxy S8 is available to lease for $31.25 ($562.50 in total), while the Galaxy S8+ can be leased for $35.42 per month ($638 in total).
At the end of the lease, customers have to return the smartphone. For preorder customers, Sprint will also allow a free upgrade to the next Galaxy flagship generation (S9?) after 12 lease payments.
Like the other carriers, Sprint is also offering a free Gear VR with Controller, with Oculus Bonus Content included. Sprint also touts an exclusive "Platinum Experience" with Samsung Rewards.
Best Buy Samsung Galaxy S8 Prices And Offers
Lastly, Best Buy will be selling unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ units with the same deals available at carriers, but with an extra "up to $100 savings" on top. The savings could consist of Best Buy gift cards or extra accessories. Preorders are available now, but the unlocked smartphones won't ship until May 9.